history of women’s pants
“The Evolution of Women’s Pants”……. interesting look at “women looking to push the boundaries” by starting the “bloomer craze” in 1851. Then as women took on more of men’s responsibilities during World War I, women’s pants were associated with work-related purposes…….then in the 1920’s for horseback riding. The 1930’s and 40’s gave way to Hollywood’s “fearless and free from constraint” mindset, so actresses would start to actually wear men’s suits or tuxes……which was followed by Hollywood’s 1950’s move for more tailored, feminized style pants, a shift that “finally gave women the opportunity to show off their figures in a socially acceptable way.” The Brits mini-skirt explosion in the 1960’s also gave way to an era of wacky, tacky pants for women, followed by the 1970’s where it was cool to wear pants that were ripped and shredded. The 1980’s promoted an idea that women could be powerful and sexy which gave way to the polished, black look……coupled with relaxing denim in the 1990’s.
Interesting read when you think of femininity, modesty, dignity, masculinity, protection. Have we all lost something?