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The History of Outerwear in the World of Fashion

The History of Outerwear in the World of Fashion

History keeps repeating itself, and the fashion world is no exception. It is undeniable that some of the fashion items that were hitting a few years ago are back in trend today. One of them is a variety of outerwear models that are timeless.

Like a wheel that keeps on turning. That's the right sentence to describe trends in the fashion world. Remember the time when high waist flares that were booming in the '70s became a favorite again a few years ago? Or who would have thought that the jelly sandals we had when we were kids were back in trend today.

It is not an exaggeration to think that outerwear is a fashion statement that will never go out of style. How come? Not only being one of the must-have-items for fashion lovers, various outerwear models continue to be present with all their developments from time to time. Designers continue to compete in creating outerwear that not only serves to protect the body, but can also help to look stylish.

The History of Outerwear in the World of Fashion

Did you know that outerwear has actually appeared for the first time since BC? Although there is no authentic evidence yet, it is believed that our ancestors in the Paleolithic period were the first to wear outerwear as clothing. At that time outerwear was made with animal fur as the base material. Maybe at that time they didn't wear it as a fashion statement, but more of a necessity, namely to protect the body from cold weather.

Over time, outerwear has also developed. Both in terms of model, use of materials and purpose. In Greece, both men and women wore a long cloth made of wool or linen called "himation". In Rome, this type of clothing was usually worn together with the coat over the toga by men in the second century. For the soldiers, the outerwear they wore were called "chlamys" which were made of a rectangular cloth wrapped around the left arm and pinned under the right hand. There is also outerwear in the form of a coat that is pinned on both shoulders or around the neck which is now better known as a "cape". Or a “poncho cape” which is a rectangular cloth with a hole in the center to insert the head.

In European countries in the 18th century, cape, cloaks or coats was a commonly used designation for outerwear. Both men and women of all ages and economy class wear outerwear in their daily lives. But what distinguishes it is only the variation in the shape and use of the materials. For example, people from the upper class wear a cape paired with animal fur to warm their body and also as a sign of their social status. Aristocrats, both men and women in the 15th and 16th centuries used a coat that resembled a dress as outerwear. Henry VIII's painting from the 1530s shows his portrait wearing knee-length outerwear with the front exposed.

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The most significant changes in outerwear in the fashion world were only evident in the 18th and 19th centuries. Long-sleeved coats and jackets began to replace the cape as an alternative to outerwear models, for both men and women.

The women of that era adapted elements of men's clothing while riding. It's just women's clothing in the form of a hip-length fitted jacket paired with a skirt. Of course, this outerwear is specially designed to be comfortable to wear when riding and also suitable for everyday wear.

Given how the trends in the fashion world continue to rotate, it is not surprising that at times the models that were trending before will repeat themselves in the future.

It is also not surprising that there are designer works that resemble one another. Because it could be that the designers were inspired by the same thing. For example, the parka trend, which was booming some time ago. Many designers have issued parka models through their collections. However, each designer incorporates a touch of a different character into his work.

Parka itself comes from the Russian language which means "deer fur jacket". Like most outerwear that aims to warm the body from cold weather, the Inuit tribe in the North Pole can wear up to two parkas at once. But in World War II, American soldiers adapted the parkas with cotton and army colors.

Although initially outerwear was used to protect the body from cold, over time many designers designed outerwear with light materials so that it is suitable for use by people who live in tropical countries. Therefore, the main function of outerwear has begun to shift into a fashion statement for fashionistas, especially for Muslim women who wear the hijab. Outerwear not only serves to cover the curves of the body but can also be an additional fashion item to make it look more stylish.


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