History of Fashion – The Skirt

Long, short, high-waisted, ruffled, tight and a variety of other styles, it is the skirt, the second-oldest garment known to mankind.

This garment, which is predominantly feminine now, was not always so. Just take a look back at the Ancient Egyptians who used to wear the basic concept of a skirt. This consisted of a rectangular piece of cloth, which the wearer would tie around themselves.

One of the first examples of the skirt, the remains of which were found in 3900 BC in Armenia, was woven from straw and grass.

In the 19th century, the trend was to have the waistline of the skirt just below the wearer’s breasts. This was known as an Empire Line since it was Josephine Bonaparte who made it so very popular.

During the 1860’s, the style of the skirt moved down to the wearer’s natural waistline. Since an hour glass figure was what most women strove for, a hoop skirt was worn until the skirt so as to extenuate the wearer’s waist.

Moving closer to the 21st century, hemlines kept getting shorter and shorter. The 1920’s saw the introduction of the flapper skirt which was short and above the knee. It regularly featured sequins, glitter and jazz.

In the 1950’s, it was the turn of the mini skirt, a short, tight style that barely covered the buttocks.

Although nowadays, the skirt seems to be exclusively for women, there are still exceptions, such as the kilt. This is a traditional men’s garment which is worn in Scotland and also to a lesser extent in Ireland.

Today, mini-skirts, maxi skirts, A-line, flirty, fun or sexy, it’s your choice to find your own style from a variety of styles available.


References: www.cbsnews.com/news/chasing-the-history-of-the-skirt/