The History of Short Dresses

Short dresses based on skirts are soft, comfortable and free. There are many styles, including halter, strapless, off the shoulder, handkerchief hem, high low hem, empire waist and many more. The length of them changed with the popularity in different times and local customs. They are welcomed in many different occasions, including cocktail parties, birthday parties, business conferences, dates, weddings, etc.

When they first came in 1920s, they were loose and long to the knee, always matches with hats, gloves and handbags, and very popular in the daytime. In 1926, a picture of a simple black short dress, which was just embellished by some diagonals, was published in an American fashion magazine VOGUE by Gabrielle CoCo Chanel. This kind of dress was remarked to fit every class of women in that time and foresaw to be a necessity for women. They began to change until the end of the twenties.

In the following decade, short dresses that were suitable for the whole day appeared. This kind of dress was mainly in black and was always made of silk and satin. Firstly, they are beautified with man-made diamond buttons and fashionable accessories to make women alluring and elegant in the parties. Secondly, because of the backward technology of black-and-white photography, female stars usually wore a black dress in the movie to avoid a distortion of the color. These dresses soon became a symbol of both physical and metal freedom for women, giving people a carefree feeling.

After the Second World War, they had a great change. The style was becoming more open, collar lower, length shorter and shape more close-fitting to accentuate the silhouette.

Until now, short dresses are still the necessary designs in most fashion grand. They lead the fashion trend because they make women flattering, give them an elevated temperament and also are the symbols of taste and status.

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