wow, when you look back 100 years to what people were wearing and what their hair looked like or even their face! You'd think it was the worst style in the world, but...
In the early 1900's, women brought home white creams to "remove" any unwanted feature on their face, such as freckles or pimples. Sometimes they would use the white creams to remove wrinkles which today we can just get them surgically removed. Today we can also just get facelifts.
People wore clothes to protect their bodies from any embarrassment or harm, of course! But what else did they wear them for?
Women also wore clothes to fancy off. Wearing certain kinds of clothes showed how much class you had back then.
Clothing also is worn according to the climate or temperature outside but in the 1900's and earlier it was not really the climate that made people wear what they wore. They would wear heavy cloaks over their heavy wired, hoop dresses in the winter. In the Spring, Summer and Fall, they would wear all of that, except the cloak. Usually, their clothes were made of silk, some of it cotton, lace, and wool.
Women were big about showing off their clothes. They would wear the same things in a portrait, so they could be recognized. (wearing the same clothes.) "I wore that!" Men were not so big about that.
Almost for the first time in five centuries, the natural shape of women reappeared in clothing after World War 1 (1914-1919), as did the practice of revealing one's legs. No more inconvenience of long dresses!
Women wore their skirts to their knees. They also wore pants, such as men's trousers. That was something women fought for in their rights.
Men wore cricket jackets and white blouse type shirts. Men would think it was improper to wear a sport's jersey or something like that.
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