Fashion is timeless. History tells us that style never goes out of the scene for women. Whether it is the Little Black Dress from Coco Chanel, the jeans from Levi’s Strauss & Co. or trench coat of the Burberry, they all are classic clothing pieces for women that look as elegant today as they were in the past.
In this list, we will take a look at some of the most iconic clothing items for women that continue to be a part of their wardrobe:
1. Little Black Dress by Coco Chanel
The little black dress by Coco Chanel from the 1920s became a rage when Audrey Hepburn wore it in the classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Before the LBD, it was considered a taboo to wear black in a social gathering, and the black was only worn on a funeral.
Coco Chanel changed the rule and made black a color for every occasion. Today, the little black dress is considered an item of classic clothing in the history of women fashion and we today know how much the women love this dress.
2. Trench Coat by Burberry
The trench coat was designed by Burberry to protect the British army personnel in World War I from the extreme weather conditions. It was created after the company developed the gabardine which is a 100% breathable and waterproof fabric that keeps the wearer away from the harsh effects of snow, sleet, and rainwater.
The trench coat has remained a staple piece of clothing for women since its inception in the fashion world, and it is still the casual outerwear for the ladies during the winter season. Though many women wear it with custom patches to give it a street look.
3. Chanel 2.55 by Coco Chanel
This is again a classic clothing item from the house of Chanel. The Chanel 2.55 handbag changed the definition of a purse for women who used to carry the bag in their hands. Chanel 2.55 was attached with a strap that women can hang over their shoulder and take it anywhere without having to feel the strain on their shoulders.
The addition of the strap made it more convenient for the ladies to carry the bag while on the go. The Chanel 2.55 is now a fashion statement and is still an essential accessory for style aficionados.
4. 501 Jeans by Levi’s Strauss & Co.
Levi’s Strauss & Co. launched the 501 jeans in 1890. But it became more popular during the second half of the twentieth century. By the end of the 1980s, it was among the most common casual clothing item for women in North American and European regions.
The garment gave a sturdy look to the women, and they could wear it in their daily lives. It still enjoys the liking among the female genders, and they continue to dress down with a pair of jeans with custom back patches.
5. Slip Dress by Calvin Klein
With a slip dress, Calvin Klein gave women a more convenient way to dress down for a day. It remained a staple in the women’s wardrobe for many years. What he did was bring forward the clothing piece that was laid under a women’s dress and hence it was called a slip dress.
With the introduction of the slip dress, Calvin Klein started a trend of underwear-as-outerwear clothing. Nowadays, it is one of the most visible outfits that you see in a runway and red carpet events.
6. High-Heel by Christian Louboutin
Christian Louboutin gave a new look to high-heels with his signature red sole. The stiletto has an interesting backstory. It is reported that Christian Louboutin developed this design while he was working with his assistant. He spotted his assistant while she was applying nail polish. It was then he decided to use red color on soles of his new stiletto.
The new design got a phenomenal liking from his clientele, and it became the best-selling product of his brand, and it continues to outsell the other products by Christian Louboutin.
7. Birkin by Hermès
After Coco Chanel gave the Chanel 2.55 to the ladies, Hermès came up with a bag that was even more lightweight and stylish for the women. It is now the most priced accessory of fashionistas around the world. The idea of Birkin was conceived when the CEO of Jean-Louis Dumas was on his flight to London.
On this flight, he got a chance to meet with English actress Jane Birkin who was seated next to him. She had a conversation with the lady who was looking for a good leather bag and wanted something that could feel light on her shoulders.
Jean-Louis Dumas was quick to respond to her fury, and he designed a bag made from supple leather after her name. Since then, the bag has been branded under the name of the actress, and its popularity only grew with time.
8. Wrap Dress by Diane Von Fürstenberg
Wrap dress was manufactured by Diane Von Fürstenberg in 1972 to celebrate the women liberation. It got recognition among the girls who identified with the design of the cloth. Wrap dress has remained an evergreen outfit for the women, and its popularity reached the peak during the 1980s and 1990s.
In 1997, its design underwent a reiteration from Diane Von Fürstenberg. It has remained relevant to the changing taste of women fashion over all these years.
9. Ballet Skirt by Christian Dior
World War II began an era of receding hemlines, and this was when Christian Dior struck the femininity element with his ballet skirt. The cinched-waist skirt had a longer hemline, and it looked voluminous. The fashion critics called it the “New Look.” This new skirt is still current to date, and women wear it over a jacket or t-shirt.
10. Smoking Jacket by Yves Saint Laurent (YSL)
YSL draped women with one of the most famous jackets in the history of women fashion. It was called a “smoking jacket.” With the arrival of this clothing, the ladies can officially wear jacket in social events and workplace.
This velvet-made jacket added weight in the persona of women and maintained their aura of femininity. Women wear this outwear with custom embroidered patches of famous brands.
11. Power Suit by Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani made power suit in 1980 to tone down the traditional formal outfits. Unlike the suits of the time, a power suit was less rigid and looked more feminine for women. The suit became a favorite outfit for working women to sport a professional look. After almost forty years, it is still a standard piece of clothing for women at work.
And that’s all for now. Hope you liked the list. Consider these clothing items to add on the list of dresses you want to wear this year.