Women’s clothing is one of the biggest fashion trends, but the trend is still largely invisible to men.
Here’s a look at what you need to know about women’s pants.1.
Why does a woman wear a dress?
It’s not just a fashion statement, though some women choose to wear pants, and some women don’t.
“Pants have been worn by women throughout history.
They have been seen on women in many different ways,” says Kate Kostroff, a senior lecturer at the University of New South Wales, who specializes in gender studies.2.
Are pants sexy?
“Pant sleeves, for example, are often the most revealing, but that’s not to say that they’re sexy,” says Kostrock.
“It’s about making them more comfortable.
But you also want them to be sexy.”3.
Are they cheap?
Pants are usually sold for under $30, and they are often made from cotton or polyester, but Kostros says some are made of linen, silk or even polyester.
Some women are willing to pay a premium for a piece that will last a lifetime.
“If you have a high price tag, then there’s probably a lot of people that don’t want to wear them, especially for men,” Kostraff says.4.
Do pants have any significance in modern times?
Some argue that they are just a trendy accessory for a particular time.
“I think we should be careful not to look at pants as some kind of fetish item,” says Jane Bower, an associate professor of fashion design at the Art Institute of Victoria, who has studied the history of women’s apparel.
“But it’s not a fetish, in the sense that there is a huge market for that.
It’s a fashion trend, and women’s fashion is all about being comfortable.”5.
Do men need to buy a dress to wear it?
“Men have historically been seen as being in control of their own clothing and their own bodies,” says Bower.
“That’s certainly not true anymore.”6.
Do women wear skirts?
Yes, but only in certain situations.
“Women’s clothing can also be very provocative, but it needs to be restrained,” says Sarah Wilson, an assistant professor of anthropology at the College of William and Mary, who researches gender and women.
“You have to be very careful when you’re doing that.
If you’re wearing pants, you’re really, really trying to show off.”7.
Can a skirt be worn with a dress, or does it have to fit snugly?
“There’s a lot that you can do to make a skirt look less restrictive,” says Wilson.
“A lot of times it has to do with how long it is.
If it’s longer, then you have to take it off to show that you have more of a shape.”8.
Do you need a bra?
No, and you should definitely not wear a bra while you’re shopping.
“There are so many different types of bras and it can be very, very confusing if you’re not familiar with the types of bra that work,” says Williams.
“People also have a different style of bra, which is fine, but we also know that when you look at a lot, there’s a wide range of styles.”9.
What about other women’s garments?
There are other things you can wear with a skirt, such as a blouse, a shirt or a jacket.
“This can also mean a shirt can be a little more formal, but for men it’s probably not a good idea,” says Taylor Mays, an instructor of women and gender studies at the Sydney Institute of Technology.10.
Can pants fit a tank top?
A tank top, or tank, is a short-sleeved top that fits over pants.
But the style has a lot to do the shape of the pants, not the actual garment.
“The tank top is the same thing as a skirt,” says Mays.
“And a skirt will also be the same shape as a tank, and the tank can also have pockets.
So yes, it can fit.”11.
Can jeans fit a dress shirt?
“Dress shirts are not for casual wear,” says Pippa Jones, a research fellow at the Australian National University’s School of Sociology.
“They are for work, but not at the office.”12.
Can shorts be worn over pants?
“Long pants are a staple for office wear,” she says.
“So for a casual look, shorts are a great choice.”13.
Can leggings or stockings be worn under a dress or a tank?
Yes: “They have to look good,” says Jones.
“We’re talking about a skirt or a blazer, which are very practical and flattering.”14.
Can you wear a shirt without a skirt? Yes