From deadly diseases associated with corset-wearing to very impractical crinoline skirts, women have historically had it quite tough in terms of what they can wear. This isn’t even going into the whole debacle in which women could not wear pants until the early 20th century, which is just straight-up ridiculous. Although we’ve come quite far considering the sheer amount of challenges faced when just getting dressed, each decade women are faced with more battles – most recently, being shamed for wearing clothes deemed inappropriate.

Women’s Dress in 1859 / via Rexfeatures

With all this being said, we still think that some of the strongest women who’ve worn what they want serve as ultimate inspiration for us. Especially when looking to Coco Chanel as one of the most revolutionary designers, encouraging women to wear trousers in leisure and occasion wear, and also promoting costume jewellery. Ginormous pearls and bedazzled neck pieces were combined with fine jewels as a perfect contrast to her minimal clothing. These were two huge steps for women, as they were able to disregard classes and gendered clothing. Not forgetting her glorification of the women’s suit, using jersey as a outerwear fabric and, of course, the little black dress.

‘The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.’ – Coco Chanel

For today’s example, we look to 61-year-old Sarah Jane Adams as she wears whatever clothing she wants despite her age. Using fashion as the best form of self-expression, she has been featured in fashion editorials and praised for her unique sense of style.

Fashion has had a beautiful impact on many, and so every day we need to remember how women throughout history have paved the way for us to be able to wear whatever, and be eternally thankful for that. Wear the bright printed maxi skirt with a printed shirt, or the over-the-top sequin blazer for a casual Saturday brunch. Have fun with your clothing and try to not allow yourself to be defined by any barriers. Here’s to the women who know how to dress with maximum impact, yourself included!