Dresses are garments worn by women all over the world since ancient times. A dress can be one-piece or two-piece. It can be with sleeves, without sleeves, strapped, cross strapped or strapless like a tube. It can be a knee-length skirt, long skirt or short skirt with a crop top or waist length top or long one-piece, fit till waist and widens as it goes down or a completely stick to body one piece starting from top till fit hip length or fit till floor length.
The type of dress is picked based on the occasion. Like what event it is, what is your relation with the person holding the event, in what surrounding or region you are wearing it, and most importantly what type of dress embraces your personality the most.
In India during the ancient time, the array had only traditional looks made of cotton, synthetic, or silk cloth with heavy embroidery on it. But with evolving time, the outfits gained western look with reference to change in fabric, shape, and way of stitching. Before In India, only traditional dresses were worn barely for classic events only. Still, now dresses are worn for every occasion may it be an anniversary, farewell, fresher, birthday party, and even as casual wear.
During the 11th century, women in Europe wore dresses that were similar to men's tunics and were loose, with a hemline reaching below the knees or lower. Further, in the 1550s, middle and upper-class women in Europe wore dresses which included a smock, stays, kirtle, gown, forepart, sleeves, ruff, and a partlet. Undergarments were not worn underneath these dresses. In 17th Century Holland, a center of textile production was noted as a primary area for innovation in dress fashion. Moving on to the 18th century, large triangular silhouettes were the initial preference of girls, skirts were wide and supported by hoop underskirts. One-piece gowns remained popular until the middle of the century. Women's dresses in the 19th century began to be classified by the time of day or demand of the event. High-waisted dresses were popular until the 1830s. In the early twentieth century, the look popularized by the Gibson Girl was fashionable. The upper part of women's dresses in the Edwardian era included a "pigeon breast" look that gave way to a corseted waist and an s-shaped silhouette.
The dresses are available in all ranges starting from thousands to lakhs. These are affordable and commonly worn by all.