Clothing is practical items worn around the human body. Clothing is usually composed of textiles or garments made of linen but over the years has also come to include garments made of animal skins or other delicate thin sheets of different materials glued together. The wearing of clothes is usually confined to human beings and therefore is a very visible feature of all human cultures.
There are several different types of clothing that have been worn through the ages, all with one purpose in mind – to keep the human body warm or cool depending upon the prevailing weather conditions. Through the process of manufacturing and designing of clothes, several methods of sewing have been developed. These different methods of sewing have included needlework, thread work, and machine work.
The earliest type of clothing was simple textiles woven by hand and has evolved into modern clothing styles. Woven cloths were worn by Ancient Egyptians as clothing and were similar to modern Egyptian cotton. The typical African dress consisted of leggings (avocado) outfit, a tunic, a belt and flowing or straight hair. This outfit was considered complete when it contained added accessories like jewelry, belts, headdresses and other adornments worn in hair ceremonies.
During the Victorian era in England, the majority of women wore long skirts accompanied by corset style or crinoline sleeve dress. For men, jackets were worn over shirts with turtlenecks, while collars were tied to shirts. Long dresses and skirts were popular for ladies as they adorned clothing styles that were not considered as flaunting. In fact, these old-fashioned styles still enjoyed considerable popularity during the early part of the twentieth century.
The concept of clothing worn around the chest, called a shirt, reached its height during the 19th century. The concept of wearing clothing over the chest came about when it was discovered that the breast was the most vital part of a human female body. It also happened to be one of the few areas of the female anatomy that could be easily and surgically enhanced. The term “shirts” was coined to identify this anatomy area. Shirts are still worn today and serve as an essential fashion statement.
The headdress, scarf and hat were three other additions to the wardrobe of upper-class women. Headdresses were usually considered to be a very important and crucial clothing accessory. The hat was also designed to protect the face and neck while still adding to the attractiveness of the attire. These hats, headdresses and scarves were all specific types of clothing designed for specific purposes and to accentuate the traits of clothing worn.