I remember how thrilled I was when told I no longer had to wear dresses to school as a part of the girls dress code.
I was in the 5th grade and oh so happy…no more freezing legs at recess, no more wind blowing my dress up and embarassing me!!
Here, I have shown the Pantsuit in the late 60’s early 70’s flair, as that is when the real freedom in women wearing pants began…
In the Western world, women have historically worn dresses and skirt-like garments while men have worn trousers. During the late 19th century, women started to wear trousers and blouses for industrial work.
During World War II, women wore their husbands’ trousers while they took on jobs, and in the 1970s, trousers became especially fashionable for women.
In the United States, this may be due to the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which made public education treat males and females equally and in turn dresses could not be required of female students and dress codes changed in public schools across the United States.
Today, trousers are worn far more often than skirts by women, and many women wear trousers almost all the time.
The pantsuit was introduced in the 1920s, when a small number of women adopted a masculine style, including pantsuits, hats, and even canes and monocles.
André Courrèges introduced long trousers for women as a fashion item in the late 1960s, and over the next 40 years pantsuits gradually became acceptable business wear for women. In 1966, designer Yves Saint-Laurent introduced his Le Smoking, an evening pantsuit for women that mimicked a man’s tuxedo.
Pantsuits were often deprecated as inappropriately masculine clothing for women. For example, until the 1990s, women were not permitted to wear pantsuits in the United States Senate.
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FEATURED IN HATS AND HAT BOXES
FEATURED IN THE GROUP
FEATURED IN DIGITAL ART AT ITS BEST