My mother got her first trousers in 1966. when she went to Greece for the high school trip. Until then she was wearing dresses or skirts all the time. It was kind of a religious stop on the trousers here on the Mediterranean. This is so strange and not believable for us, the younger generation and today when everything is acceptable.
Long back in history people distinguished female and male clothing by colors, styles and cuts as well as for the accessories and haircuts. They even had rules, norms and laws how should dress a man and how should dress a woman. Everybody knew what is appropriate to wear for each gender.
But again, different cultures had different rules so for example in Scotland, men wore a kilt (tartan pattern pleated knee-length skirt) and men in South/Southeast Asia, Arabian Peninsula or Pacific Islands are wearing sarongs (sort of a long skirt wrapped around their waist). This is totally strange and unfamiliar for the western societies where the skirts are reserved for women and the trousers are the typical men’s clothing.
Few decades before my mother’s time, the one and only Coco Chanel started breaking boundaries of equality by adding masculine elements into her collections for female. When women slowly started following the trousers and short hair trend the genderless concept or also called androgynous dressing plunged into society. Androgynous traits are those that either have no gender value, or have some aspects generally attributed to the opposite sex. There are persons that one cannot decide of their gender upon their look or build but lots of them just adopt the androgynous look for different reasons without even being androgynous. This outward androgyny has been used as a fashion statement. There are transgender models nowadays wearing both, men and women runaways!
Men in skirts are less to be found today but women are taking all the masculine elements in their clothing as well as in their lives and work. Nowadays, my mother says she doesn’t get out of the trousers and she forgot the times when it was not appropriate. Good for us it is now!