Five Iconic Styles Every Woman Should Own

Is fashion modern? New York's Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) explores the present, past and future of 111 items of clothing that have impacted the last two centuries. After visiting the exhibit, we picked our top five iconic styles that every woman should own. Plus, we threw in a few honorable mentions that are changing history.

1. Little Black Dress

The little black dress has evolved over the years. Historically, black clothing was worn to mourn the dead but it wasn't until 1926 when Coco Chanel made it famous and it's been in style ever since. 

2. Structured Pants Suit 

Wearing pantsuits were once illegal for women. Now the iconic style is seen everywhere from the boardroom to the pulpit. It's power is undeniable and so is the woman brave enough to rock one. 

3. Trench Coat 

The trench coat was originally an item of clothing for Army officers who were in the "trenches" of during World War I. It was designed to be waterproof and generally has a removable lining. Since then, it has become an iconic style thanks to fashion houses like Burberry. 

4. Pencil Skirt 

The first pencil skirt was designed by Christian Dior as part of his “H-Line” collection of 1954, and it emphasized the waist to the hip, tailoring the skirt to curve over the hip and narrow towards the knee. Since the Mid 50’s, the pencil skirt has become a staple of working wardrobes and variations include the wrap skirt and the miniskirt.

5. For the Culture 

Authenticity should be woven into the fabric of our lives and it can be expressed by rocking a sari, dashiki or a kimono. Special mentions include the headscarf, the turban and other headgear that protects the hair from unfavorable conditions. 

Run, don't walk to this exhibit which closes on January 28. 

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