1) High Heels:Originally worn by wealthy men to emphasize their social status, high heels have come a long way since then. In the 16th century, Catherine De Medici was one of the first women to wear high heels in order to add to her height. But it was Roger Vivier’s invention of the stiletto in the 1950’s that re-popularized the high heel. Since then, high heels have become a mainstream fashion favorite!
2) Bikinis:Louis Reard designed the first two-piece swimsuit and revealed it at one of the most popular pools in Paris, called the piscine Molitar. The bikini was considered very daring. Some western countries went so far as to ban it, and the Vatican even publicly declared it sinful. Marilyn Monroe took advantage of the controversy and was spotted wearing bikinis on several occasions. By the end of the 20th century, bikinis became the most popular style of swimwear for women.
3) Sunglasses:Nowadays we take sunglasses for granted as just another necessity while outside. Life Magazine in 1938 claimed that sunglasses were just a fad! Sunglasses became a mainstream accessory and necessity after Ray-Ban designed anti-glare sunglasses for American fighter pilots during World War 2. This style is style one of the most popular sunglasses worn to date, and they’re known as the aviators!
4) Little Black Dress:
The little black dress is a must-have for every woman, as it can be worn in several ways for any occasion. But back in the day, women wore black dresses only on sad occasions. The first Little Black Dress was designed by Coco Chanel and appeared in Vogue Magazine in 1926. As more and more actresses wore black dresses on-screen in Hollywood movies, the Little Black Dress became a favorite by women.
One of the most important pieces of clothing that women wear nowadays is the brassiere (bra). The word is derived from the French word for “upper arm”. The term was introduced in 1893, but was popularized by Vogue Magazine in 1907. A Canadian brand created the first push up bra called the “wonderbra” in 1955. Later on Victoria’s Secret revolutionized the bra by using unique patterns and designs that were showcased at fashion shows. Today, there are countless brands that create a diverse selection of bras for women of all shapes and sizes.
6) Leather Jacket:
The leather jacket is now synonymous with the word “cool”. This effortless piece used to only be word by aviators and military member in the early 1990’s. Leather jackets became popular in the later half of the 20th century after it became a trend in Hollywood films. It has since become a staple in many wardrobes and has been re-imagined in new ways by many designers.
7) Mini Skirt:
In 1965, Mary Quant created the mini skirt because she wanted something liberating and practical that would allow women to run for the bus. It was named after her favorite car, the mini cooper. As you can guess by now, not everyone was keen on this new design. Many European countries banned the mini skirt as they claimed that it provoked rape. In the late 60’s the mini skirt became a symbol of women’s freedom. Today the mini skirt can be found in the wardrobe of most women all over the world.
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