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Jun
15

Women In Pants

While putting together my vintage look of the week post, I started thinking about how unacceptable it was back in the 1900′s for women to wear pants. The picture I referred to in the post, where people are looking upon the women in shock because they are wearing pants, really struck a chord with me.

These days we hardly raise an eyebrow when we see another ‘accidental’ shot of a knicker-less Paris or Lindsey Lohan and aside from Lady Gaga and her boundary pushing meat dress (come on that definitely got more than a few raised eyebrows, credit where credit is due) There isn’t much that shocks us when it comes to fashion.

Although some women began wearing pants as early as the 1900′s and Coco Chanel featured pants in many of her collections. People still viewed Hollywood stars like Katherine Hepburn and Clara Bow as rebels for favoring pantsuits in the 1930s. It wasn’t until WWII, when women went to work, that it became acceptable. Women wore their husbands pants to work as it was more practical and saved their dresses from getting ruined.

So I’ve gathered some pictures of women from the 1900′s to the 1940′s wearing pants. I think by the time the 1950s had arrived, pants were seen as acceptable attire for women, even though it wasnt until  1972 that Title IX of the Education Amendments was instated, which basically meant schools could no longer force women to wear skirts and dresses as part of the dress code policy. 1972! So they all started wearing pants and stopped wearing bras… hmmmm.

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Clara Bow

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Katherine Hepburn

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Joan Crawford?

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random picture, but I love the pinstripes!

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another random, but i love it!

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Liz Taylor for national velvet

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Coco Chanel

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Marlene-Dietrich

 

  • http://blaubushka-blaubushka.blogspot.com/ Blau von T

    every gal needs a great pair of slacks

    • Anonymous

      True that!

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • http://made-to-travel.com/ Jamillah

    I know so crazy it was taboo for women to wear pants! Love the images you curated here totally tweeting!!! It serves as a good reminder that we have so much luxury in our choices today.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for tweeting Jamillah! :)

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • http://NorthOnHarper.com Alexis of NorthOnHarper

    I actually love the look of a trouser… and the photos are utterly inspiring, yet somehow I rarely wear them….

    maybe I should rectify this situation!

    • Anonymous

      Rectify it immediately!! (and then show us the pictures)

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • http://theflashcostumes.com/justice-league-costumes/ sherbet

    Another fine post Jess, love the pictures.

  • http://thelicentiate.com/ Sarah Licentiate

    I love that pinstripe suit.  The picture looks really familiar – think it might be by Brassai maybe? 

    • Anonymous

      Im honestly not sure! Your totally right, it does look familiar.

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

    • Anonymous

      Im honestly not sure! Your totally right, it does look familiar.

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • claire

    love this post! especially the last pic <3

    claire, xhttp://moncheri2311.blogspot.com/

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Claire! :)

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • http://live-life-in-style.blogspot.com Shasie

    It is interesting to think about those times!

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  • http://www.mrsbossadoesthedo.com MrsBossa

    My god, look at Liz Taylor! It’s so strange to see her as anything but a fully-grown knockout! I love the androgyny of trousers then – Katherine Hepburn looked even more beautiful in styles like this than she would have in posh frocks.

    • Anonymous

      I agree. I just cant picture her wearing a dainty dress. I love her in pants!

      Jessica Robinsonhttp://enchantedvintageclothing.com/http://www.vintageclothing.ie/catalog/

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GZFJQJW6D4ANTDWVMYQTKZWAN4 Bill Martin

    Hello,
    I also like to wear pant suits. Pant suits are more comfortable. I am happy to see that in older times women also prefer to wear pent suits.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4EP7AEYNGNWUZWNMMYNH2S2SDM Barry Maish

    Hello,
    I also like to wear pant suits. Pant suits are more comfortable. I am happy to see that in older times women also prefer to wear pent suits. 
    pant suits

  • Anonymous

    This is really nice classic images of women with pants. It is look awkward to women to wear pants. But the time when they wear is also golden time.I think this time women are start to get there position and man get in every place in society.

  • http://vintagepants.com/ vintage pants

    Women’s pant suits are back in demand with the world of business encouraging a more casual atmosphere. Today, women’s pant suits have a variety of styles. They can be worn for casual events during the day or glammed up for evening wear.

  • http://www.womenspantssuits.com/evening-formal-pants-suits.html Formal Pant Suits

    Hi,
    Pantsuits are considered to be an effective outfit for interviews as it helps to boost your image and make you look more respectable and professional. These come in various styles and designs.

  • A Hopper

    such a good post! thankyou!

  • Charles

    This is a drop of water.  For the Pacific Ocean on the subject see free access pdf embedded at dfwseekwoman.net but be warned, it covers also the intentionally neglected topic of denial of choice to men.  Skirts are neutral not female, Rome exiled men in pants in AD 393.