United States History

 

U.S. Fashion Through The Ages

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Modern man and a founding father
When one closely observes and studies history, he will most likely realize a recurring theme: change.  Cultures, societies, laws, rules, people, and even architecture styles change over time.  Another thing that changes but was not mentioned in the previous list is fashion.  And when it comes to fashion changes, America has seen its fair share.  The following is a chronological catalog of American fashion variations.  






Revolutionary Period:  Nowadays, men from the Revolutionary Period would probably be considered pretty gay.  They wore tight pants called "pantaloons", gloves, big effeminate boots called tassled Hessians, fluffy scarves called cravats, and tailcoats.  Recent data has led many researches to conclude that almost 56% of men during this period were indeed homosexuals.  The women of this period wore huge, ornate dresses.

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This man was most likely gay
Civil War Period:  During this period, men still wore more clothes than was necessary.  Beards were in vogue for men at this time (cf. Abraham Lincoln).   Women of this time period, as was necessary and proper, wore dresses and sometimes bonnets. 
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A rare daguerrotype
Early 1900's Period:  In this period, particularly the 1920's, women started to dress as "flappers".  They wore dresses that stopped just below the knee so that part of the knee could be seen when dancing the "Charleston".  Men still wore suits and things.  
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1920's porn
Mad Men Period:  In this period, men wore suits and worked at advertising agencies and smoked cigarettes quite often.  Women wore lipstick, gloves, and decorative hats.  
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Jon Hamm, circa 1960
Hippie Period:  At this time, "bell bottom" jeans were the fashion for men and women.  Women also wore skin-color lipstick that wasn't very flattering and often grew their hair out long so that when they became older women it was frizzy and not that sexy.  Men had mustaches and beards during this period, too.
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A liberal, hippie couple
The 80's Period:  During the 80's, nylon fabric and neon colors were invented.  Because of this, people tended to wear a lot of nylon and neon clothing.  Regular sweatshirts were also in style for men and women.
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The first nylon piece of clothing
The 90's Period:  Many people wonder what the difference was between the 80's and the 90's.  In short, the differences were probably zubaz pants and starter jackets.  Light jeans with tucked in T-shirts was also a great style during this time.  There was a brief "grunge" period starting in 1994 which involved lots of flannel shirts and chain wallets.  
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Cory Matthews and co.
The 2000's Period:  The most modern age of U.S. fashion is an interesting one because it is an amalgam of all the previous ages of U.S. fashion.  Everything worn is generally worn in a retro, ironic fashion.  Skinny jeans are direct descendant of the revolutionary pantaloons, modern flannel shirts from Urban Outfitters are modeled after shirts from the 90's, some men still even dress like douchebags and wear suits like they wore in the Mad Men Period.  Women somehow get away with wearing oversized sunglasses, maternity dresses (even when not pregnant), leggings underneath large T-shirts, really tall boots, etc.  What is the future of fashion?  Only time will tell.  
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The future of our nation