Women are passionate about their dressing from centuries. However, rich women adopted fashion quickly while the poor women could not afford fashionable dresses. History tells us women’s choice about their dressing. In the middle ages, Saxon women used to wear a long linen dress that was called shift. The dress was opened from the sides having shoulder fastenings. In winters, they wore shawls. In the 12th and 13th century, women used to wear nightie that was made of linen fabric. But they did not wear knickers. There dress was long gown whose length was up to the ankles. In 14th and 15th century, dressing became important for everyone. Women stated wearing hats.
Egyptian women liked light clothing. Women wore makeup. Their clothes were made of linen and bronze.
With the advent of 16th century, all classes wore woolen clothes. But it varied in quality. Embroidery was done on the silk fabric with silver and golden threads. Rich women wore embroidered suits. Women wore petticoat. Women’s dress comprised of two parts, one was a bodice and the other was a skirt. Sleeves were decorated with lace. Working women used to wear linen apron. This was their identity. Knickers became outdated in the late 16th century. As far as American clothing is concerned, women of rich class wore cotton clothes. They liked dyes.
17th century clothing:
In 17th century, linen nightie became common. But they wore long dresses like gowns over the shift. Women wore black and white patches on their faces to signify moon and stars in the dress. It was the time of that fashion.
When we talk about the cruel dressing of women, very tight clothes fitted to their waist was the fashion of previous times. With that rough fashion, their ribs and waist contracted. Dresses with the waist of 16 and 14 inches were worn. Another cruel fashion was panniers, crinolines and deadly hoop skirts. This dress was just like an hourglass figure.
Clothing in 18th century:
Women wore petticoats under their dress. Folding fans were carried out in their dresses. It was a fashion of that time. Only the rich women could afford fashionable clothes.
Clothing in 19th century:
In the beginning of 19th century, women wore light dresses. Frames were worn under their shirts. The frames were made of whalebone or steel wire. Women started wearing underwear. They wore drawers. A pair of drawers was worn by them. Fashion changed in this century speedily. Electric iron was invented in that era. Zip was invented in 1893.
Clothing in 20th century:
By the start of 1906, skirts became short and loosely fitted. Edwardian style became common that still looks good. Sleeves were puffy from the shoulders and narrow from the elbows. In the USA, hats became the part of fashion in 1920s. After 1950s tight skirts were popularized again. Colorful prints were used. With the white background, floral designs were printed on the dress. Sleeves were kept short. Polka dots were used in different colors. As far as fabric is concerned, nylon blouses were used. Cotton was still in use in the summer season. Dacron and rayon fabric reduced ironing. Working women wore pants and tight trousers.
Today’s fashion in the Muslim world:
Muslim women wear hijab. They wear long gowns in order to cover up their bodies. Today, Pakistani women wear short shirts up to knee length with cigarette pants. However, shalwar kameez with variations in all the provinces are used these days. Frocks and tail gowns are also used somewhere. Trousers are common. Tights are worn with long frocks.
This is how women adopted fashion.