I have blogged about this before, and I will again and again because I believe it is signpost to something much bigger than just “fashion” or aesthetics.
When Women Wore Dresses
More the most part of the American 20th century, the slang phrase, “chasing skirts” was shorthand for men pursuing women for dating (courting) and or marriage. The slang was common because dresses and skirts were synonymous with women” 99% of all women wore skirts and dresses.
Women wore them at social functions
They wore them at backyard BBQs
Women wore dresses and skirts EVERYDAY
Why Did Women Stop Wearing Dresses?
In my opinion, a fundamental, seismic shift in our society happened. I do not believe that it was “natural” or a product of societal evolution. For more than two centuries in American society, women wore dresses and skirts: wearing pants was considered vulgar and manly, something that proper women just did not do.
Burning Bras/Burning Skirts
Bras may have been the most conspicuous article of women’s clothing that was being burned in the streets by foot soldiers of the Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 60s and early 70s, but in essence skirts and dresses were burned too.
After the late 70s and early 80s, the only time you saw a woman in a dress or skirt was either at Church or a proper social function which required a more “formal” attire.
The 1950s was the last decade in America when women dressed like women and men dressed like men. After the “cultural revolution” of the 1960s, there was nothing but wreckage and destruction left in it’s wake, and women stopped wearing skirts and dresses. I believe, that is when America contracted a terminal illness and our nation is now in its death throes. RIP America.