the style spread, Elizabeth Stanton was quick to switch out of her cumbersome dresses into the bloomers. When she started wearing the bloomer costume she “felt a sense of liberty, running up and down stairs with [her] hands free to carry whatsoever [she] wants, to trip through the rain or snow with no skirts to hold…ready at any moment to climb a hill-top to see the sun go down, or the moon rise, with no ruffles or trails to be… soiled. What an emancipation from little petty vexations.” Stanton felt an automatic difference when she switched over to the bloomer; she felt more powerful and independent. Unlike Stanton, Anthony was resistant to shortening her dress, but the “more she traveled and lectured, the more her skirts collected mud, dragged in puddles, ripped on carriage steps and everywhere restricted movement.” So she eventually gave up on the long dress and joined the group of women who wore the short dresses and Turkish trousers. The new style of clothing changed how women interacted with the world and it gave them more freedom. It’s practicality appealed to many feminist during the time.  The garments weren’t seen as fashionable but they offered freedom that other clothing from that time could not offer.
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