It is a fact. On the clothing plan, women and men are not quite equal yet. Between buttoning the shirts opposite, the placement of the fly of the pants inverted or even much smaller pockets on the jeans of the women, many details have sometimes eluded us and persist in order to preserve stylistic differences.
Fashion as a symbol of revolutions
Aside from the aesthetics it reflects, fashion has many assets to its name, such as the fact that it has made it possible to move things forward through clothing revolutions. In other words, much more than just clothes, the clothes in our wardrobes and those of past generations have contributed to societal changes that have changed the course of history.
the bikini claimed in the 1900s thanks to the Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman and then in 1953 with Brigitte Bardot who made it a star… wife of Yves Saint Laurent unveiled in his autumn-winter collection 1966, or even the official introduction of trousers in the universal man and woman wardrobe in the 70s… Clothing has always gone beyond its primary function: by becoming a driving force in the evolution of mores. But what are the? clothing inequalities that persist between men and women?
Reverse buttoning of shirts
Whether we noticed it or not, the buttoning placement of women’s and men’s blouses is not the same. In other words, the buttons of women’s shirts are traditionally sewn on the left side with buttonholes on the right, while men’s shirts have the buttons on the right and the buttonhole on the left.
The reason ? Purely historical and functional, because in the 13th century knots were in reality only reserved for high society. On the one hand, powerful men who were mostly right-handed rarely parted their swords and had to be able to draw at any time to face danger. The knights dressed alone and therefore wore shirts sewn with buttons on the right side so that they could dress practically.
For their part, the women were dressed by their servants, mostly right-handed most of the time. To facilitate their task, the first tailors came up with the idea of sewing the buttons on the left side so that the housekeepers were facing their mistress when buttoning their dresses and blouses. Over time, designers have helped to perpetuate this stylistic detail, which explains why women’s and men’s shirts today don’t button up in the same way.
The fly of women’s and men’s trousers is not placed on the same side
Doubts about usability or aesthetics? It has been confirmed that the zipper and button closure of women’s and men’s jeans are usually different. As proof, the fly of women’s jeans is placed on the left, as opposed to men’s trousers, which are attached on the right.
The reason ? In the beginning, the pants, originally reserved for men, did not close with a zipper, but with testssince the latter made its appearance in the 19th century, replacing the so impractical and resistant knots.
In the Middle Ages, men then wore dresses and tunics before exchanging them for doublets and trousers, which resembled a kind of jacket. Over the centuries, the “fly” subsequently appeared on trousers and was inspired by the flies of soldiers, which were sewn under their war armor. It was then a bag that covered the genitals of men, in which they could keep coins and handkerchiefs.
Then, in the early 1900s, the zipper appeared during World War II as this period marked the trouser revolution. And rightly so, the men were called forward and the women had to replace them in the factories. As a result, the workers were forced to wear work clothes on a daily basis.
In order to distinguish their clothing from that of men, the fly of women’s trousers was then voluntarily sewn on the left side, in the opposite direction to that of men.
The pockets of jeans for women are smaller than those for men
After many debates, the facts are confirmed: the pockets of women’s trousers are 50% smaller than those of men, and above all 6.5% narrower. To confirm these inequalities in clothing, a study shows that a classic smartphone does not fit in 40% of the pockets of women’s jeans, while it largely fits in those of men, as we reported to you in a previous dedicated article. But among them, one indication explodes and alarms our fashion radar: Women can’t put their hands in 90% of their jeans.
The reason ? According to RTLIn the 18th century, women’s clothes pockets were smaller than men’s to prevent them from walking out alone at night. And for good reason: the minimalist dimensions of the women’s bags made it impossible for them to put in the documents essential for all trips, starting with money and identity papers. Fortunately, this disparity is gradually fading and the fairer sex is finding many alternatives to pocket sizes.
The pockets of panties and briefs do not have the same function
Yes, women’s and men’s underwear generally have a pocket, but the utility is not the same. For its part, the pocket placed in women’s panties, called “gusset”, helps to ensure intimate hygiene, by serving as a protective lining to isolate friction of clothing against the vagina, which can lead to irritation.
On the other hand, the kangaroo slip for men lives up to its name as the pocket attached to the front of the underwear offers more space for men’s genitals to have more comfort. A detail that we don’t find on panties, although we don’t say no to a little more comfort.
Some clothes are still too categorized
Despite society changing, some clothes to this day are mostly reserved for men or women, but rarely both. Skirts, shorts, stiletto heels and dresses are – in almost all cases – stored on women’s clothing racks in stores, or presented in women’s collections on online sales sites.
Fortunately, dress codes are changing and many brands are diversifying their collections and promoting gender-neutral fashion. Moreover, both men and women increasingly appropriate the garments of the opposite sex to give full meaning to theequivalence†
The clothing choice is not the same
A known bug has been half fixed. So you’d better admit it without hesitation: it’s true that the textile industry offers more clothing options to the fairer sex. The first witnesses? The ready-to-wear giants that present collections of clothing and accessories that are more accessible and more diversified for fashionistas at heart, but also for men. But the deal is about to breakto balance†