As with all phases of upheaval, the fashions changed greatly in the years just before and during the French Revolution. Before the Revolution, women were still wearing corsets, padding, boning and several layers. By the end, they were dressed in simple chemise dresses of the softest fabrics. For men, the change was equally as great with a shift from breeches and hose to long trousers. All of these changes moved away from the symbols of aristocracy to the symbols of the middle classes.