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8 Peculiar Items That Weren’t Gender Exclusive In The Past

I have collected 8 items that weren’t just worn by one gender in the past and decided to share our discoveries with you too.

Fedoras were first worn by womenThey first appeared as a female hat, courtesy of the theater play Fedora, and the famous actress Sarah Bernhardt who wore it. This is also how the hat got its name. During the early years of the 20th century, the fedora was popular among women, until Prince Edward adopted it in the 1920s. The style of the hat then appeared in many old Hollywood movies and came to be associated with masculinity.

Men wore skirts and dresses regularly until the 19th centuryBoth men and women wore long, loose-fitting clothes until the renaissance era. Tunics were a staple in men’s fashion during that period. But in the 14th and 15th centuries, men’s skirts became much shorter and more practical and were actually paired with stockings or tight-fitting pants. Shorter skirts were favored especially by wealthy and powerful men like kings and aristocrats in western Europe.

Men have worn makeup often throughout historyIn the past, Pharaohs accentuated their eyes with elaborate styles of eyeliner drawn on with black pigment. But kohl was usually used by both genders in the Middle East to protect the eyes, the complicated eye makeup worn by Egyptian men had a different purpose: to communicate their status and standing. Wealthy men throughout history also continued wearing some form of makeup until the Victorian period when it was deemed vulgar and indecent.

Men wore corsets in the 18th and 19th centuriesWe used to believe that corsets are a very feminine item that most women no longer use, but in the past there were quite a few instances of men wearing them as well. In the 18th and 19th centuries, men incorporated corsets into their outfits to achieve a slender look, pairing them with form-fitting jackets. They often wore corsets for medical purposes as well.

Both men and women used to wear pants before the Middle Ages.Most women from different cultures wore pants for practical reasons in the ancient times. Women from Western European nomadic groups wore trousers alongside men. But in the middle ages, pants become taboo for women. Starting with the 19th century, trousers gradually became a part of the feminine wardrobe once again.

Leggings and stockings were considered a masculine itemThis type of clothing were first worn by men in the middle ages. They were considered suitable for both casual and military use. But after some time, men started pairing leggings with short skirt-like garments, and wearing only leggings or stockings became inappropriate for both genders. For women, they start wearing items similar to leggings in the 19th century.

Handbags were originally carried by menIn the middle ages and the Renaissance period, men used bags and pouches to store coins, herbs, food, and personal belongings. But they were needed less and less after the introduction of pockets in clothing items. However, wealthy men still carried them around to showcase their status.

Wristwatches used to be a feminine itemSome historians believe that the first wristwatch was made for the Queen of Naples in the 1800s. During the next 100 years, many noblewomen used wristwatches while men thought of them as feminine items and continued to prefer pocket watches. In the 20th century, men started wearing wristwatches and after that quickly became associated with masculinity. Although for some time they called them ’strap watches’ so the accessory wouldn’t be associated with women.

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