This is because, at least since the Renaissance and perhaps before, women's clothes have been less tradional and "rule bound" than men's. Â The three great influences on clothing in the West have been military uniforms, sporting clothes, and court costume -- all of them regularized and even rigid forms of dress. Â It is a fact of history (whatever one may think of the justice of that fact) that the first two had almost no impact on women's fashions, at least not until the 20th century, fo the simple reason that women hardly ever wore either. Â Also, women's court dress was much less rigid and rule-bound than men's. Â It was acceptable for them to "cut loose" in terms of color, pattern, design and details to a much greater extent than men could. Thus, for women, there are no rules and there is no "correct." Â Not in the same way that these concepts apply to men.