Dominant fashion trends in the 1850s included fitted suits for men and dresses with huge skirts for women. The sewing machine had just been invented, and with this new technology, even the most elaborate clothing could be made faster.Know More
Another invention in the 1850s, the steel hoop crinoline, dominated women's fashions for over a decade. Before the hoop, women wore multiple layers of heavy petticoats to create a full skirt. The new hoop had steel rings that held a petticoat or two to create a huge silhouette. The skirt was offset by a tiny waistline formed by a corset. Often, the skirts were decorated with pleats, ruffles and a fringe.
Women also wore jackets that fit closely at the waist and flared out over their skirts. Called the basque waist, the hip-length garment also fit tightly over the bosom.
Dresses during the second half of the decade featured the popular Jenny Lind collar, a stiff, tall band. Women also began to wear bishop sleeves, which are long, full sleeves with fitted cuffs at the wrist. Common prints were checks, gingham, calico and plaid.
Women's and children's clothes were often decorated with flounces, lace, tatting and crochet. In the early part of the decade, collars were large and spread out over the shoulders.Learn more about Historical Dress
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Women embarking on long westward journeys generally wore simple dresses, hats and sturdy footwear, but sported nice dresses and accessories for social functions. Thousands of female pioneers crossed from the East Coast of the United States to the West Coast during the mid-1800s. The task of making clothing lay primarily with women, who sewed garments for themselves and family members.Full Answer >
In the 1960s and 1970s, women's fashion expanded and grew with the women's feminist movement. Women in the 1960s were just beginning to wear pants, but in the 1970s women all over the United States were wearing them. Among the new fashions in the 1960s were shift dresses, cigarette pants, bikinis and oversized sunglasses; the new fashions in the 1970s included bell bottoms, pants suits and tight t-shirts.Full Answer >