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A look at the history of men's fashion and style. Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men, Gatsby style accessory icons. How to's and color print match up advice.

 

Women wearing pants, suits and cufflinks: A look back in history and today's trends

Tracy Xavier

Let's start with a look back in time. (from Wikipedia) Since the adoption of trousers in Western Europe in Late Antiquity, trousers have been largely worn by men and not by women until the early 20th century. Amazon wearing trousers and carrying a shield with an attached patterned cloth and a quiver. Ancient Greek Attic white-ground alabastron, ca. 470 BC, British Museum, London. During World War I, women wore their husbands' (suitably altered) trousers while they took on jobs previously assigned to men, and increasingly wore trousers as leisurewear in the 1920s and 30s. And for a period in the 1970s, trousers became quite fashionable for women. In the United States, this may be due to the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which ruled that dresses could not be required of girls. Dress codes changed in public schools across the United States.

Oh yeah, I was caught up in the Title IX. Me and by "best friends" ALL decided to buck the system by wearing pants to school. The plan was set. I was going to wear a really cool pink and green pantsuit complete with a little vest with gold chains down the front. I bounced out of the house that morning feeling like a rock star. Low and behold, my "best friends" chickened out on me. So, off to the principal's office I went. The assistant principal got in her station wagon and drove me home so that I could change my outfit. I have to say I remember she had a look of " I have no choice" on her face, but nonetheless, this matter had to be taken care of. So I go in the house and mom quickly helped with my costume change. As I was heading out the front door, she said, " Honey I won't tell anybody okay?" What the heck was that all about? I need to drill down into who implemented that little regulation.....for another day.

Sportswear and tailored fashions: Unfussy, tailored clothes were worn for outdoor activities and traveling. The shirtwaist, a costume with a bodice or waist tailored like a man's shirt with a high collar, was adopted for informal daywear and became the uniform of working women. Wool or tweed suit (clothing) called tailor-mades or (in French) tailleurs featured ankle-length skirts with matching jackets; ladies of fashion wore them with Fox furs and huge hats. Two new styles of headgear which became popular at the turn of the century were the motoring veil for driving and sailor hats worn for tennis matches, bicycling and croquet.  

Sportswear and tailored fashions: Unfussy, tailored clothes were worn for outdoor activities and traveling. The shirtwaist, a costume with a bodice or waist tailored like a man's shirt with a high collar, was adopted for informal daywear and became the uniform of working women. Wool or tweed suit (clothing) called tailor-mades or (in French) tailleurs featured ankle-length skirts with matching jackets; ladies of fashion wore them with Fox furs and huge hats. Two new styles of headgear which became popular at the turn of the century were the motoring veil for driving and sailor hats worn for tennis matches, bicycling and croquet.

 

Below is my take on the look and feel of the "Power Suit". Feminine but yet Owning it!

Oxfords or heels, ties with tie bars, statement earring and a gorgeous pair of cufflinks. Featured products are from our Etsy Stores. One of a kind designs.

Oxfords or heels, ties with tie bars, statement earring and a gorgeous pair of cufflinks. Featured products are from our Etsy Stores. One of a kind designs.

Metallic flowers, rhinestones and gold & Iridescent wired crystals: Cufflinks for ladies

Metallic flowers, rhinestones and gold & Iridescent wired crystals: Cufflinks for ladies

Big, Bold & Beautiful: Cufflinks for ladies

Big, Bold & Beautiful: Cufflinks for ladies

Classic elegance in sapphires and pearls: cufflinks fore ladies

Classic elegance in sapphires and pearls: cufflinks fore ladies

Statement ladies cufflinks in abalone & mother of pearl

Statement ladies cufflinks in abalone & mother of pearl

A modern take on the suit. Magnetic cufflinks with silk covered back buttons. Can be worn with any shirt.

A modern take on the suit. Magnetic cufflinks with silk covered back buttons. Can be worn with any shirt.

Cufflinks featured are Czech glass with antique blown glass pearl button backs.

Cufflinks featured are Czech glass with antique blown glass pearl button backs.

Featured are a pair of polished stone horseshoe cufflinks.

Featured are a pair of polished stone horseshoe cufflinks.

Esther Quek can rock a suit! www.estherquek.com/A fearless lady, Esther Quek is the distinguished group fashion and beauty director of luxury publications. Featured are a pair of amazing watermelon crystal cufflinks for ladies.

Esther Quek can rock a suit! www.estherquek.com/A fearless lady, Esther Quek is the distinguished group fashion and beauty director of luxury publications. Featured are a pair of amazing watermelon crystal cufflinks for ladies.

The feminine twist, Ruffled blouse and french cuffs

The feminine twist, Ruffled blouse and french cuffs

Classic, Sexy & Timeless. Women wearing menswear.

Classic, Sexy & Timeless. Women wearing menswear.