Friday, August 19, 2011

Historical Dress-Up

During the day, my work clothes usually consist of jeans and a tee shirt or sweatshirt. If I'm wearing shoes, then they're gym shoes. I'm always casual. But throughout most of history, women had to adhere to specific dress codes, especially those emphasizing form and modesty. Here are several videos that illustrate why I'm glad I'm not a Victorian woman.

A quick trip through the costume of the time (I don't know the author, but it's actually quite a nice video. I love the dress, even if I probably wouldn't enjoy wearing it).

These next two videos are a bit more educational. They're part of the Nevada Culture series and there are 4, but I've only included the middle 2, the ones that actually show the layers that women wore at the time (and discuss a bit about the sometimes serious problems that accompanied voluminous skirts):

Such lovely clothing, but...I think I'll stick to my blue jeans. How about you? What would you think about having to go through this process every day of your adult life, even in the scorching heat of summer (with no air conditioning)? People can talk about a simpler time all they like (I could write volumes on how I don't think those times were simpler), but I'm glad that I'm a twenty-first century woman. It's nice to be able to look back (or even to dress up for a costume party), but at the end of the day, we can choose to wear what we like. That's a nice feeling.


Laney4 said...

I too will stick to my blue jeans (well, hopefully not literally, LOL)!
I enjoy having a shower, brushing my teeth and hair, getting dressed, and being out the door in less than ten minutes. My only jewellery is my wedding band and a watch with an elastic band.
No pomp and circumstance here.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

No jewelry for me unless it's a special occasion. Then I might wear a pin or a bracelet. I really want to like jewelry, but it's just one extra thing I have to fuss with, and I don't like to fuss.