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History of Clothing during the 1900s.

The HISTORY OF CLOTHING During the 1900's 1900 Ladies wore a fashionable S-bend corset with frilly blouses which included lace decorations or broad ribbon ties. Also popular was to wear separates with skirts fitting over the hip, fluted at the hem. For men, three-piece lounge suits were fashionable featuring narrow jackets with small, high lapels. Men also wore bowler or cloth caps. 1910 During this decade, the trend continued for both men and women to wear similar clothing as previously but for the women, a slightly higher waistline came into fashion, as well as a long, tunic-like top worn over the ankle length A-line or 'hobble' skirt. Hats were broad with shallow crowns, decorated with ribbons, flowers or feathers. Due to the first world war, men were photographed in military uniforms. 1920 Men's suits were narrow cut, lounge style with pointed-down collars, plain or simple patterned, modern-knot ties and cloth caps. Women changed from barrel-shaped to high-waisted outfits. Tunic-style tops were also in vogue. At the start of the 20s, the waistline dropped to hip level with younger ladies wearing their helms at knee level. Neutral coloured stockings and colourful garters were featured. Hemlines varied between ankle and mid-calf throughout the decade. 1930 Parisian couturiers introduced a bias-cut for women's dresses which lead to the fabric skimming down over the body, rather than the previous decade's drop-waist outfits. Evening gowns were long, simple and clinging with low-scooping backs. Wool suits were used during the day which featured shoulder pads, worn together with knee-length skirts. Men only wore 3-piece suits formally or for work purposes. More popular were waistcoatless 2-piece suits including knitted cardigans, tank tops or soft-collared, open-neck shirts. 1940 The Second World War impacted supplies of fabrics with clothes featuring minimal amounts consisting of few pleats and no trimmings. Many men and women wore uniforms. Skirts were slightly below the knee and straight. Tall, flowery hats and platform shoes or sandals were fashionable. Men who weren't in military uniforms were usually dressed in lounge suits. After the war, they were issued with civilian clothes featuring shirt, double-breasted jacket and trousers which were loose fitting. 1950 Full skirts with cinched waists and sloping shoulders continued to trend for women in addition to a narrow, pencil-skirt look. During the daytime, skirts, jackets or day dresses in tweeds and woollens were worn. Pencil dresses or full skirts were seen in plain fabrics or floral prints. Waist length cardigans were also popular. Men wore grey flannel suits featuring shirt, tie and pocket handkerchief. Teenagers were influenced by American stars and wore leather jackets and jeans. 1960 The mini skirt was introduced and there was more experimentation with colours, patterns and textures, brought about by the hippy movement. Young people wanted to do more than simply copy adult dress styles. Menswear started wearing a collar- less jacket with slim-fitting trousers and boots. Frills and cravats were worn with vividly printed shirts and lapels or trousers were very much exaggerated with wide dimensions. Clothing also started becoming more unisex. 1970 Clothing became more flamboyant with polyester being the material of choice and bright colours seen everywhere. Women were wearing tight fitting pants and platform shoes. Bell bottoms were also introduced although by the end of the decade, the average person was sporting the pant suit, leisure suit and track suit. Every woman had a cowl neck sweater in her closet and every man had a few striped v-neck velour shirts. 1980 The early 80s were similar in fashion styles to the late 70s with lots of brown and orange in place. Dressing like a tennis player was cool. Waistlines were quite high and women had flexible outfits from skin-tight cotton stirrup pants with leggings and a giant turtleneck sweater one day, to parachute pants with a small v-neck top and high-waist belt the next day. 1990 Tapered pants were a big deal as well as large t-shirts and extra long shorts. Baseball caps were worn in different ways by girls and boys. Industrial and military styles crept in but by the end of the decade, glamour was being put back into clothes again with name brand designers being prominent 121 121Workwear supplies a wide range of staff uniforms and promotional clothing with over 15,000 products. 121 Workwear also offer printwear and artwork Find out more at:

History of Clothing during the 1900s.

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