A Brief History Of Fashion

Have you ever wondered why most of us women are really into clothing? Like, why we love ‘Fashion‘? We women are actually have that addiction in trendy clothing and our own fashion. Like we can not live without first getting our own style of fashion. Of course we wanted to look astonishing. Like if possible, we want our friends, our neighbor or anyone dumbfounded and speechless as we stepped on the floor to ramp. The negative side there, lifting eyebrows are from people who do not mind fashion.

When was the fashion started? There was no clear pattern of when it started, but based on research there are innumerable documentation of every fashion era. This was carefully collected for the purpose of knowing the history of fashion.

Fashion was actually intended to showcase the designs, colors, and its material.

The term fashion was originally used way back in 1250-1300 from Middle English word ‘facioun’ which mean, shape or manner. It was also used in Old French ‘faceon’ which mean doing, company. The term is not that in used until the start of 1800 (the term was used over time up to present). This era was the time that clothing is not anymore a design or materials, it is a fashion that every women should spend time with as it represent of their selves. It is a form of expression. Either their own style or telling the world that they know what is trendy.

Below is the timeline of fashion from different era and different countries. You may noticed that the illustration are women. It is so, because women are the leader of fashion.

Let’s start from…

Egyptian Fashion

Egyptians Fashion is very simple. No hard work of sewing is needed for their clothing. As you can see, the man is wearing a short loincloth called Shenti and the women are wearing a linen gown with a strap. This linen gown is called Kalasiris. There was no big changes in Egyptians Fashion from old kingdom to their new kingdom.

Greek Fashion



Greek fashion has 4 types of clothes. The Chiton, lighter linen that was worn by both sexes and all ages, classified into two, Doric (sleeveless, usually made of linen to consist two pieces of cloth) and Ionic ( formed from a single rectangular piece of fabric); Peplus; Himation; and Chlamys, a single rectangular piece of clothing worn only by men. This clothing is convenient for Greek traveler, horsemen and soldier.

Ancient Rome Fashion


The Ancient Rome fashion usually is a short-sleeved, knee-length tunic for men and boys. And long-sleeved for women and girls. On formal occasion, men wore a toga, a one piece woolen garment that could  wrapped differently around body. Women on the other hand, wore a woolen mantle. This woolen mantle is a long-sleeved, voluminous garment that hung to midstep, this type of clothing is called palla, over a stola.

Arab Fashion

Islam people don’t usually mind about fashion. What matters to them is they look decent, formal, and presentable. As it is a tradition not to look excellent in what they wore. The reason behind is the religion. Receiving compliments or judgement is a sin. That is the main reason why some Arab women cover their whole body including their faces, because women are used to make their selves look good and being beautiful and pretty sometimes is not a good advantage for women in Islam. It may look stranger for other people but once a woman wore that type of style, she is responsible for continuing it until her death.

I would like to ask a forgiveness for our Islam brother and sister if I couldn’t help but notice their clothing. As it attracted me and find it in style fashion. It maybe very simple but the way they carried it makes it look attractive and a fashion as well.


Author: thatstylishthingcalledfashion

It is not all about me. It is about us who loves fashion. Because Fashion is life for those who love fashion. Fashion is not all about the dress we wore, it is about how you carry yourself with your definition of fashion. Yeah, you heard it right. Your definition of fashion.

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