Have you ever wondered why menswear from 200 years ago look pretty similar to what you’re wearing now (shirt, shoes, pants, suit jacket), but womenswear from 200 years ago looks nothing like what your girl wears on a date?
The answer is actually pretty interesting.
But first, let’s start with a fun fact. High heels? Those were originally mens footwear. Military men. The manliest of men. It was actually a vtial part of how the Persians faught on horseback. Seriously, the BBC even says so: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21151350
Anyway, the first pair came to Europe and made it’s way to the kings. Fancy people, fancy shoes, right? Nothin ever changes.
Heels were a part of the outfit a bourgeois aristocrat wore to impress. You’ve seen the paintings. Lush fabrics and fur trims, rich colors, and more jewelry than even a rapper could really pull off on his best day are the trademarks.
So what changed? According to psychoanalyst John Flugel, The Great Male Renunciation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Male_Renunciation). No, it’s not a movie title. It’s a relatively short period of time (compare the picture below of Napoleon and King Louis XIV) when men stopped showing their wealth through their clothing choices. Instead, their wealth became invisible to the naked eye, while womenswear still held on the the adornment of previous eras.
Enough pseudo academia. What the hell does this mean when you get dressed? It means, essentially, that a well dressed man can be anyone or anything. Note, I did say well dressed, when everyone wears a suit, everyone is a mystery. When you’re the one guy who doesn’t, that’s another story. As www.kinderspul.com has said, Style is the Master!
In all seriousness, men. Take this opportunity. Your ancestors (at least the ancestors of your very wealthy friends) stopped wearing wigs and high heels. That means the playing field is even. Go out and make something of yourself, but please, do it well dressed.