Dresses are popular in every decade throughout fashion history. While the popularity of the dress stayed the same, the styles changed.
For example, the long gown of the Victorian era constricted movement. In the roaring 20s, tunics went only to the knee. Consequently, women gained freedom to dance. So, the shortened hem was a revolt from past restrictive norms.
During the 40s, dresses simplified work and home life. The war effort greatly influenced fashion choices of this decade. Fabric was rationed. So, the pencil skirt became famous.
The 50s loosened up! With the plenitude of fabric, full swing skirts gained popularity. They were a must from the simpler and austere 40s. Classic cotton day dresses in novelty fabric designs identified this frolicking 50s woman.
And, who can forget the mini dress of the 60s? The mini dress revolutionized mod dressing. While the mini identified the free and easy 60s, the maxi was the fashion choice in the 70s. Over-the-top glam defined the glitzy 80s.