Women in the Past 100 Years

Here is a look at how women have changed in their appearances over the last 100 years.

1900-1920's: Women celebrated their full figured bodies. Their dresses flaunted their low busts and curvy hips. Skirts were long, full and often contained a small train like we see in wedding gowns today. As this era moved along, the dresses became shorter and started showing off their ankles. Back then, the showing of the ankles were provocative. Their dresses became more narrow. Models would wear their designer gowns to horse races.

1920-1940's: During this decade, women began to move away from modest clothings and started wearing pants and short skirts.Their dresses were designed to fit closely to their body to emphasize their curves. Their popular trends included cloche hats and bobbed hair. This was also known as the Flapper era. The Flapper era lasted throughout the 20's and some of the 30s until the Great Depression came. The Great Depression required a lot of labor in the household. The women could no longer depend on their servants and did most of the housework themselves. They wore functional and practical clothing for their chores. A few could afford to wear silk gowns in the evenings when they went out to town.

1940-1960's: During the war, men and women oftentime wore uniforms. The 1940's were drab and their fashion revealed the drabness of that time. Due to limited materials, the fashion industry made shorter skirts than ever before. Nylon stockings were very scarce and women were forced to go bare-legged. In the early 1950's the world was ready for a change. Their new look emphasized rounded shoulders, full skirts and narrow waists. Ornate accessories were popular to add to clothing. Women dressed more feminine, extravagant and used expensive fabric.

1960-1980's: In the sixties, the western world began to rebel against the traditional clothing styles and started their own trends. A huge variety became popular, including bell bottoms, increasingly short miniskirts, hot pants, and blue jeans. It was no longer shocking for women to wear jeans. Actually, the styles became more androgynous. The seventies became slightly more conservative but the rule was that "anything goes."

1980's-Present: Power and success was dominate in the 1980's and women wore designer clothing and business suits. The eighties were also filled with the "punk" style with ripped jeans, colored hair, multiple earrings, and neon clothing. By the 1990s, women rejected designer clothings and opted for a more casual clothing. Flannel shirts and ripped jeans became more popular during the Grunge era. Hip hop brought in the popularity of baggy pants into fashion. Women became very casual in their clothing.

And this is a very popular look right now. We can see this look everywhere we go in town.

Isn't it amazing how much we have changed in a hundred years? I dread to think about what the next hundred years will be like and how women will change. Women are becoming more masculine and men are becoming more feminine. The Bible teaches us to embrace the roles God has given us. I embrace being a woman and I want to dress more modest and feminine. Women now a days consider it a compliment when men call them "hot" or "sexy." I would only want a man to think of me as "beautiful" or "lovely."

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array." 1 Timothy 2:9

"Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands" 1Peter 3:3-5

A Godly woman dresses modestly out of respect of God, herself and her husband. When a woman wears revealing and provocative clothes, she only disrespects herself. She becomes an object, not a praiseworthy woman. It causes problems because men have a hard time not to look because they are visual creatures. We can be lovely in the sight of God and others.

Though the world may have their fads and trends, we are not living in the world. God has a special role for women and we have a place in God's heart. Let us embrace our roles and glorify God!

I grew up thinking that I should dress in a way that grabs the attention of every man to be beautiful. I thought wearing revealing clothes made me worthy as a lady. I was wrong. I am still learning more and more everyday how a woman should dress. I admire some of the girls I see at my church and how they dress so beautiful and yet they are very modest. They shine and glow with femininity more than the girls I see in the world. They inspire me to dress better and when I do, I feel different inside. I gain more respect from men and they even open doors for me. That never happened when I wore jeans and a low cut shirt. It's worth it to try! I only hope this encourages you to stand out as a lovely lady of God!

Apples of Gold Ministries

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Lisa Shaw at: July 25, 2008 at 5:12 AM said...

Very good message and the last paragraph was beautiful. I will email this to our adult and teen daughters and to many others.

God bless.
Lisa Shaw

{ Sallie } at: July 25, 2008 at 5:32 AM said...

I was surprised to find some girls (and I'm guessing women too) don't even know the meaning of the word modesty. They've never heard the term used and just don't even have a clue.

God bless,

{ SuperAngel } at: July 25, 2008 at 10:00 AM said...

WONDERFUL article, Mrs. Charlene! I loved reading this!

It is very sad to see the degradation that our society has been through. It is so heartbreaking to see girls dressed provocatively and that they like it because it makes them something.
Very sad!

Thank you for this encouraging article on dressing femininely!

Prayers and Blessings,
Miss Amanda

{ Cassie or Cassandra } at: July 25, 2008 at 12:12 PM said...

you are so right. personally I think women need to get back to the way we used to dress.

{ Wendy } at: July 25, 2008 at 2:36 PM said...

Thank you Charlene for such a well written article! Modesty is something that most churches struggle to express, I've found. I too have noticed that today's teens for God dress so much more modesty than the girls of the world do, and it is so encouraging to see that.

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