Today gauzy tops and skirts can be referred to as Goddess clothing often created for earth-loving people who enjoy wearing natural fibers and materials that are man-made rather than made of synthetic fibers and polyester.
The truth is that the billowy dresses and comfortable Mumu type wear is as old as the Roman times, and were gathered together at the waist with braided belts. In these times it wasn’t about fashion but more about the cloth. The material of choice was easy to care for and remove. Natural fibers used in clothing really had little to do with fashion.
We can be inspired by the Goddesses when seeking comfortable clothing for everyday wear and for celebration. This is because this type of fabric and dress reminds those of us who consider ourselves earth stewards connecting to a simpler time when natural fibers were the only fibers available for making clothes. Dressmakers did prove a point: They could protect the environment while our clothing supported the use of natural fibers such as cotton and linen which were the only game in town. However, this type of clothing can in current times could be typecast as hippie clothes.
The association with “Hippie” clothing and goddess wear dates back to, you guessed it, a time when natural fibers experienced a resurgence as a revolt against the manmade fibers of “The Establishment.” Ah, the sixties. It is quite interesting that while natural fibers should be fairly inexpensive (hemp should be really inexpensive since its so easy to grow) trendy boutiques sell imported cotton goddess dresses from India for over a hundred bucks a pop, and you can bet that unless they belong to 10,000 villages or another free trade association that the locals who make the clothing are not seeing that kind of a profit. It is wonderful to support village artists and help them earn their fair share of the profit.
What female wouldn’t agree that happiness can come from wearing a free-flowing skirt or dress? Men can look great in a drawstring linen shirt. Goddess clothing is wonderful, and flowing clothes will most likely stay in style forever. Whether you follow new fashion guidelines, and spend hundreds on a dress, or are a bargain shopper, goddess type clothing is bound to influence designers because of it’s elegance and comfort.