During the times of native tribes, it was acceptable for both women and men to be completely nude. With the rise of Christianity and Islam, covering the female form became compulsory. Women were expected to cover themselves from head to toe and not adorn themselves with costly attire such as gold and pearls. It was only by the 16th century that dresses started being used for fashion. The style of dress was dependent on your social economic status and wealth. It is believed that dresses became a way to identify sex, gender, age and other characteristics. Not to mention also making the wearer look more attractive.
Today, dresses have become one of the most popular fashion items. From A-line dress to shift, maxi-dress to little black dress, every woman should have at least 1 dress for every occasion in their wardrobe.