A new fashion series
Ok, ok, I know you burn to find out what the next Wednesday series will be about! And first things come first. It is called Bites and Bits of Fashion History. This new series that starts tomorrow will focus on how certain items came up in history and/or the history of certain clothes we wear today.
Fashion was a men’s thing
History also explains why there is a fashion trend called men’s wear, but none the other way around. This brings us to today’s post. Historically, the man was the bread winner. Thus, they had the money. Most women got to wear what their spouses liked them to wear. When these clothes were uncomfortable, the women wished for something more comfortable. Moreover, it is a human thing to desire what a more powerful/richer/recognized, etc. person has. Thus, again and again in history pieces that originally were men’s clothes became women’s clothes either without or with adjustments. Sort of his for her.
War affected the way we dress
Also in war situations when women had to work men’s jobs as the men were out to war, or on mountainous trails during immigration, it became more practical and accepted to wear pants. Can you imagine the women pilots flying aircrafts to Alaska during WWII wearing a skirt in the plane? Would be pretty weird, right? When they would have to eject the skirt would be an auxiliary parachute. On the trails of the American West, during war in aviation and plants, but also elsewhere women started wearing overalls and pants. Again like in previous adaptions other women joined, and it became more and more acceptable and finally a big economy when it became a fashion trend that pops up repeatedly or even becomes everyday wear – think of jeans, for instance.
Men who looked great in women’s wear
Of course, a man can look cool in women’s wear. Think of Freddie Mercury in his mini skirt. To be honest, I think no woman ever pulled a mini skirt look off as great as he did. Tootsie had style – sort of. And think about the hundreds of comedy movies where he and she switch roles to get a job.
Some things are cheaper in the men’s department at same quality
I believe that women’s wear does not become a trend for men because no one would spend more money on an item that they can get for a much lower price in their own department. Recall you at least know someone who once in a while buys her Tees, shirts and jeans in the boy’s/men’s department as the same quality of Tee, button-down shirt or jeans are much cheaper there, right?
Thus, women’s wear will only work when it would be skirts or dresses. And, yes, the skirt/dress for men pops up as a fashion trend once in a while. However, for some odd reasons, it seems to be only acceptable for fashion forward college kids. This market of women’s wear for men is probably too small and financially not powerful enough to make it a real big trend like men’s wear for women.
Skirts and dresses are less practical in many situations
Furthermore, skirts and dresses are less comfortable to wear than men’s wear and finding the right fit for a dress and skirt is so much harder than finding it for pants and a shirt, even so it should not be a problem with the layered mesh skirt in my OOTD (photo above). May be the kilt would be a great point to start making hers for him a bigger market and lucrative fashion trend. However, I don’t believe that women’s wear becomes a trend for men any time soon. What do you think?
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Photos: G. Kramm (2014)
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