There is no design on the back of the t-shirt. For other uses, see Skirt disambiguation. Mock Neck Swing Dress. The term "kaunakes" originally referred to a sheep's fleece, but eventually came to be applied to the garment itself.
The hemline of skirts can vary from micro to floor-length and can vary according to cultural conceptions of modesty and aesthetics as well as the wearer's personal taste, which can be influenced by such factors as fashion and social context. Most skirts are self-standing garments, but some skirt-looking panels may be part of another garment such as leggings , shorts , and swimsuits. In the western world , skirts are more commonly worn by women; with some exceptions such as the izaar which is worn by Muslim cultures and the kilt which is a traditional men's garment in Scotland and Ireland and sometimes England.
Transgressing social codes, Gaultier frequently introduces the skirt into his men's wear collections as a means of injecting novelty into male attire, most famously the sarong seen on David Beckham. At its simplest, a skirt can be a draped garment made out of a single piece of fabric such as pareos , but most skirts are fitted to the body at the waist or hips and fuller below, with the fullness introduced by means of darts , gores, pleats , or panels.
Modern skirts are usually made of light to mid-weight fabrics , such as denim , jersey, worsted, or poplin. Skirts of thin or clingy fabrics are often worn with slips to make the material of the skirt drape better and for modesty. Skirts were worn since prehistoric times. They were the simplest way to cover the lower body. Pants were not at hand for a very long time. A straw-woven skirt dating to 3. The Sumerians in Mesopotamia wore kaunakes , a type of fur skirt tied to a belt.
The term "kaunakes" originally referred to a sheep's fleece, but eventually came to be applied to the garment itself. Eventually, the animal pelts were replaced by kaunakes cloth, a textile that imitated fleecy sheep skin.
Ancient Egyptian garments were mainly made of linen. For the upper classes, they were beautifully woven and intricately pleated. By the Middle Kingdom of Egypt , longer skirts, reaching from the waist to ankles and sometimes hanging from the armpits, became fashionable.
During the New Kingdom of Egypt , kilts with a pleated triangular section became fashionable for men. During the Bronze Age , in the Southern parts of Western and Central Europe, wraparound dress-like garments were preferred.
However, in Northern Europe, people also wore skirts and blouses. In the Middle Ages , men and women preferred dress-like garments. They were wide cut and often pleated or gored so that horse riding became more comfortable. Even a knight's armor had a short metal skirt below the breastplate.
It covered the straps attaching the upper legs iron cuisse to the breastplate. Technological advances in weaving in the th century, like foot-treadle floor looms and scissors with pivoted blades and handles, improved tailoring trousers and tights. They became fashionable for men and henceforth became standard male attire whilst becoming taboo for women. Skirts are still worn by men and women from many cultures, such as the lungi , lehnga , kanga and sarong worn in South Asia and Southeast Asia , and the kilt worn in Scotland and Ireland.
This was in reference to the short miniskirts "that barely cover the buttocks" worn by women of the tribe, and which were "probably shocking" to observers in medieval and early modern times. In the Middle Ages, some upper-class women wore skirts over three metres in diameter at the bottom.
Costume historians [ who? During the 19th century, the cut of women's dresses in western culture varied more widely than in any other century. Waistlines started just below the bust the Empire silhouette and gradually sank to the natural waist. Skirts started fairly narrow and increased dramatically to the hoopskirt and crinoline -supported styles of the s; then fullness was draped and drawn to the back by means of bustles. In the s the rainy daisy skirt was introduced for walking or sportswear.
It had a significantly shorter hemline measuring as much as six inches off the ground and would eventually influence the wider introduction of shorter hemlines in the early 20th century. Beginning around , hemlines for daytime dresses left the floor for good. For the next fifty years fashionable skirts became short s , then long s , then shorter the War Years with their restrictions on fabric , then long the " New Look " , then shortest of all from to , when skirts became as short as possible while avoiding exposure of underwear , which was considered taboo.
However, a long skirt provided privacy when women needed to relieve themselves in the open. Skirt is a part of uniform for girls in many schools across the world, with length of skirt varying as per local culture. The pleated tartan skirt has been a component of girls' school uniforms since the early twentieth century in UK.
Skirt may also be mandatory as formal wear , such as for airhostesses , waitresses , nurses and military women. Ankle-length skirt or 'maxi,' a term introduced in the late s. Mid-calf length or 'midi,' a term introduced in the s. Miniskirt , a skirt ending between knee and upper thigh. Microskirt , an extremely short miniskirt.
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