Fashion trends often dictate what you add to your wardrobe every season. However, less often than not, fashion trends have empowered women and gave us a feeling of freedom, from rules and stereotypes alike! Here are some of the most freeing fashion moments women have ever experienced!
1920’s Black Moment
When designer Coco Chanel introduced the classic little black dress in the 1920s, it was nothing like what women had seen before. Until then, black was seen as a colour of mourning and body squeezing corsets were the only norm. The LBD not only freed women from the claustrophobic nightmares that were corsets but also gave them the opportunity to welcome the classic black hue as a wardrobe staple. The LBD is not only a must-have for most women, but also a symbol of change!
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Mini Skirts of the 1960’s
Deemed one of the most daring hemlines in fashion, the mini skirt became most popular during the 1960’s. Around the time, women’s rights, and the need for more practical clothing for women, were constant topics of discussion. Designer Mary Quant, known most for her mini designs, famously told the Daily Telegraph, “I didn't think of the mini as sexual but as an instrument of liberation. I wanted to make clothes that you could move in, skirts you could run and dance in, but, of course, wearing clothes like that made you feel and look sexy.”
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Power Dressing From The 1980’s
With more and more women stepping out to work and taking up opportunities that were so far just considered for men, fashion followed too. Sharp suits, blazers and blouses with shoulder pads became more and more popular because they gave a sense of power and confidence to women as they continued breaking the glass ceiling during this era. Some of the most memorable power dressing moments were those of Britain’s longest-serving Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, in her wide range of blue suits during her public appearances.
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Millenial Moments Of Athleisure
This dressing up and comfort hybrid was a trend that soared in the 2010’s. Bringing in a form of aesthetic that blurred gender lines, making fashion more androgynous with relaxed fits, it also brought a sense of ease in movement with yoga pants and tracksuits. Women all over enjoyed pairing sportswear with casual pieces for a look that defined athleisure in its truest and comfiest form.
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Loungewear In The Pandemic
A lot in line with athleisure aesthetics, loungewear has never had a bigger moment than it is today. With so many of us being stuck at home, working or otherwise, loungewear came to the rescue, freeing women from the feeling of requiring to dress perfectly every time. Loungewear, which is now being fused with other wardrobe pieces, has made casual wear slightly more laid back and relaxed than usual, which is hardly ever a bad thing!
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