Early 1700’s women only owned about 2 or 3 outfits. Everything women wore was hand sewn, and was strictly made to cover knees and elbows. Petticoats or skirts were very stiff, and were often draped and embroidered for fashion.
Late 1700’s women’s fashion of heavyweight, embroidered gowns went out of style and a new light weight sense of clothing came out. Clothing was now made out of light fabrics such as cotton. Their hair was worn short and women always had to wear a hat or bonnet when going out.
1800’s women still adopted their style from European nations and hand made everything. In the beginning of the century skirts were high-waisted and flowed to the floor. As the century went on skirts changed to flat in the front and puffed out in the back. They used bustles as a fashion accessory to support and add volume to garments
1900-1910 tailored and tailor made fashions were starting to enter into society as women moved into a more sophisticated workplace and importance in society. The outfits were more fitted and suitable to daily activities.
1920’s A great change in fashion occurred during this decade as younger women sported a more casual look that included shorter skirts with pleats, gathers, or slits to better allow motion. Women bobbed their hair and wore the popular hats of the time the tight-fitting cloche hat. Flappers.
1930’s As the Great Depression hit the U.S. hard, women’s fashion became more conservative again. Skirts got longer, and the high waistline returned to its old position. The old “traditional” woman came back into fashion.
1940’s War greatly affected fashions from this decade. Due to rationing, only enough fabric was used for dresses for the women to be able to perform daily activities. Fabric became a light lighter and thinner. A common color of clothing was made in the color “air force blue.” Skirts were shortened to knee length.
1950’s &60’s During the postwar period, a tailored, feminine look was very popular. Tailored suits had fitted jackets, and were usually worn with a long pencil skirt. Shirt dresses were popular as well as halter top sundresses.
Late 1960’s 1970’s this decade is characterized by the “disco look”. Platform shoes, wide-legged, flared jeans, hot pants, fitted blazers, crop tops, hippie look, and tie dye shirts were all popular of this time.
80’s fashions were defined as colorful, bold, and outrageous. The mini skirt became a big fad as well as leggings and leg warmers. Neon colors were also a huge fashion in the eighties as women sported these colors everywhere. Pop culture was a huge influence especially MTV.
1990’s floral dresses, lace shirts or blouses, silk button up tops, and babydoll tops were all popular items in the 90’s. Denim jackets and hipster jeans evolved from the earlier decade and remained popular during this time.
2000’s- 2012 This time period is known as the mash-up decade where women’s fashion truly explodes and is influenced by global and ethnic backgrounds, previous styles, music based subcultures, and much more. There has been many revivals of past fashions, fashion magazines, fashion weeks, and celebrities influence all varieties of women’s fashion.