Where did women's clothes come from?
The origins of clothing are still up for debate, even today! Archaeologists have discovered clothing fragments from as early as tens of thousands of years BC. It is believed that materials such as fur, leather and leaves were first draped, wrapped or tied around the body, although it is tough to prove as these materials easily deteriorate in the environment, compared to most artefacts made of stone or bone.
The ancient Egyptians were regarded as the first 'fashionistas' of humankind. Because of the hot climate, women wore dresses with shoulder straps (think spaghetti straps) made from cotton or linen. Later, the Egyptians would introduce more colourful and elaborate styles, updating their looks with statement jewellery. No wonder Cleopatra was such a diva! The ancient Greek women wore 'peplos' (a rectangular garment made of cloth which was folded and pinned together). As time passed, the greeks turned to long tunics called 'chiton'. The Romans wore long dresses called 'stola', crafted from wool and linen. If you were rich enough, you could afford a dress made from cotton or silk.
Fashion around the world
Whilst the west still hold a significant influence on the way the world chooses to dress, there are distinct cultural differences, depending on what part of the world you are from:
The booming economy in south-east Asia means that a large proportion of the world's clothing is produced there. Economic juggernauts, China, have a significant influence on the development and production of clothing, with a lot of designers drawing inspiration from their subtle fabrics, beautiful print designs and effortless style; the 'cheongsam' dress being a particular highlight. Other Asian countries such as Japan (creators of the Kimono) and India (creators of the Saree) have left a lasting mark on international style.
During the 20th Century, with the formation of Hollywood and thus the rise to prominence of the 'celebrity', American culture had (and continues to have) one of the largest influences on fashion around the world. From the daring denim of James Dean in the 60's to the provocative outfits worn by the Kardashians today, when you see an American celebrity wearing something inspiring, you're guaranteed to see it on the sidewalk the next day!
With many countries forming Europe, It's easy to see why a lot of the latest fashion trends are derived from this part of the world. Many of the world's leading designers flock the catwalks of London, Milan and Paris for the latest clothing inspiration. Classic items such as 'berets' (France), 'stilettos' (Italy) and 'trench coats' (UK) are among the many fashion staples that have captured the hearts of fashion-conscious women worldwide.
The western influence
As early as the 21st Century, the western dress code became (and still is) the benchmark for international style. It has evolved over many generations. Through a prosperous economy and the development of technology, the production of textiles in the west has changed considerably. The introduction of synthetic fabrics, in particular, have changed the fashion scene for the better. Because of their versatility, flexibility and relatively low cost to produce, designers now have the opportunity to lend shape to their imagination, without worrying about their bank balances.
Outfit ideas 2018/2019
As we approach the end of the year, it's time to take a look at the styles that we expect to spring a surprise in 2019. Check out these winter outfit ideas to give your new year wardrobe a kick-start:
- Teddy bear coat and turtleneck:
There's nothing trendier right now than a teddy bear coat. Worn in black, brown or white, it makes a great accomplice to a turtleneck top. Complete the look with your favourite shoulder bag and cheap shoes for a warm, comfortable and composed outfit.
- Puffer coat and combat boots:
Feeling the nineties vibes? This look is probably one of the coolest kick-ass casual outfits out there! Buy jeans that are slightly cropped and add a basic white blouse to give your outfit a classy contrast.
- Plaid coat and white heeled boots:
White heels give off Christmassy feels at this time of the year. They also provide the perfect neutral balance when combined with an attention-grabbing plaid coat. Be sure to keep your accessories in sync with your boots and you'll master this polished office outfit. Check out our cheap jewellery selection and watches for more inspiration!
- Midi dress with a trench coat and knee-high boots:
The thigh is the limit with this eye-catching outfit. Pairing a 70s inspired floral dress with a glossy vinyl coat epitomises contemporary cool. Add knee-high boots to your look and grace the sidewalk with renewed confidence.
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