Women have worn dresses as their main style of clothing, throughout history. While the dress styles have changed, one thing has remained; the dress is still the main representation of women and femininity. For example; think about the last time you went to the restroom and saw the picture demonstrating which is male, and which is female. Was the female caricature in a dress? Most likely it was.
Women moved away from wearing dresses, as the main clothing style, starting in the 1960s, when the jeans explosion began and the women’s revolution took hold. The 1960s were also filled with capri pants, giving women even more choices away from dresses and skirts. Towards the end of the 1960s jeans and pants were being worn more often than dresses. Today there is a surge of women’s dresses popularity. While women still wear jeans, shorts and other forms of clothing, dress popularity is on the rise.
The rise in the popularity of dresses can be attributed to the new vintage dresses popularity, as worn by Katy Perry and Dita Von Teese. But more than just those two Hollywood stars, dresses are being flaunted by all TV and movie stars. The vintage styles such as pin up girl dresses and pencil skirt styles, are part of a rising fashion craze.
Vintage styles are more popular as dresses because, historically speaking, women wore dresses almost 100% of the time. Indeed, women even wore “housedresses” while cleaning house and doing chores at home. Dresses were the essence of femininity. While women may still enjoy wearing dresses, there was a time period when dresses were considered as the only proper clothing for women, which created a sense of forced style. Pointedly not wearing dresses, or being refusing to be forced to wear dresses, was part of the women’s revolution. Now, with women’s rights being more prevalent, though still not complete, women can feel more comfortable wearing dresses to work, without feeling as though they will be seen as too feminine.
Women’s dresses for work are a mixture of pencil skirt dresses and, thanks to Michelle Obama, sleeveless style dresses. Popular brands are J Crew and Jones of New York. While sun dresses are not as popular as other dresses, for work, there are many dresses which can be worn in warmer weather that are also professional looking. Women are choosing classic styles of dresses, for work, such as copies of the little black dress modeled by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
When the sun is shining and the weather is warm, women are choosing vintage sun dresses. Vintage sun dresses are the halter dresses with Peter Pan collars and ties around the neck. These gorgeous dresses can have pencil skirts, like in the late 1960s, or the swing skirt style from the 1950s. Lovely reds and navy blues with polka dots or white collars with navy bodice.
Plus sizes are available in any style of dress you wish, including sun dresses and evening dresses.
When you’re shopping for your dresses this year the colors and styles in fashion are yellows and greens. For evening dresses off one shoulder is very popular. Ruffles and lace are back in style, but Lycra isn’t. Some great online shops offer inexpensive dresses and most offer free shipping with a certain amount of purchase.