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A Few Fashion Foibles

By Edited May 12, 2015 0 6

Curious Clothing

A trip to the city can be an eye opener, looking around, you are likely see: a few punks with Mohawks lounging by a fountain, a gaggle of Goths and Emos haunting the shadows and at least a few ladies who are seriously channeling Barbie dolls; tottering around on sky-high heels and flicking back their peroxide mane.  Fashion is strange and it seems it has been that way from way back. Hold on tight, while we take a fashion foray, back in time.

Decked out in your Birthday Suit

Egyptian  Children

Children in Ancient Egypt, didn't wear clothes until they were at least 6 years of age, and often not till the early teens. If this wasn't bad enough, both boys and girls sported the same hair do, where the head was completely shaved except for a single long plait called 'the lock of youth'. At puberty the strange plait thingy, was cut off and boys wore their hair short, or shaved and girls could grow the hair  long.

 Dangerous Clothes!

Asbestos Testing(101323)

The ancient Romans used to weave asbestos into cloth to make head dresses and clothing. When the clothes got dirty, they would simply throw the dirty garment into the fire for cleaning. When the clothing cooled, it was ready to wear again! The famous historian Pliny the Elder however, did note the "sickness of the lung" that afflicted the poor slaves who worked in the asbestos mines and how they died young. (How we deal with asbestos today)


Steel Undies
Chastity Belt

During the 15th century and especially around the time when the knights galloped off to the crusades, chastity belts were available for both males and females. The purpose of these fearsome looking steel accessories, was protection from molestation, temptation and er......masturbation. In Austria in 1889, a leather-and-iron belt was found on the skeleton of a young woman, who had been buried in the 16th century.

 A Chastity Belt

Décolleté Styles

Mary II of England

Today many women routinely expose their mammaries in the name of fashion, however in the 15th century the mistress to Charles VII of France, Agnès Sorel, began the fashion for décolleté gowns, where the breasts were completely exposed. This rage continued into the16th century throughout all classes of society. In England in the 17th century, Queen Mary II and Henrietta Maria, wife of Charles I of England were painted with their breasts exposed. However as the Victorian Era snuck in, the pendulum swung the other way toward prudery and breasts were not even mentioned.  (Picture Mary II of England)

 Crazy Welsh Hat

Traditional Welsh Dress

I have to include the crazy, comical national dress of Wales, because I was stunned when I first saw it. I can't image putting on one of those silly high hats for any reason!


Fully Suited

Swimming Costume

On the beach these day you are likely to see women in skimpy string bikinis and guys in boardies. Back in the 19th century however, if you wanted to take a dip, you had to be rigged out if a special dress, which made sure that all the most titillating parts of the skin were covered. In Australia there were even laws governing the wearing of swimsuits, which were commonly called 'neck to knees'. (Bathing suit 1858)

Flared Trousers of the 1970s

!970s Fashion

The 1970s was a crazy fashion epoch; there were really too many fashion crazies to mention. However the most notable was the flared trouser, which was often worn with a high heel chunky shoe by both men and women. Crazy!

As can be seen fashion has had a history of being interesting to say the least!



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Jun 8, 2012 9:31am
This was a very interesting and informative review of fashion oddities. Just like the ancient Romans, I've got a few pieces of clothing that I'd like to throw into a fire. I also like the Welsh hats, they remind me of some of the crazy things the hippies would wear during the 70s.
Jun 8, 2012 6:58pm
Thanks for reading. I agree those hats are strange, but perhaps not as strange as chastity belts!
Jun 16, 2012 7:20am
I wish I could burn all of the pictures of myself from the 1970's because of the fashion. Great read.
Jun 16, 2012 8:51pm
Really! I wish I had a few more photos, especially wearing my ABBA t-shirt, flared shorts and cork wedge sandals. However I am sure you were very cute.
Jun 16, 2012 8:58pm
I have a great pic of me in green and yellow plaid bell bottoms, a bright yellow ribbed turtleneck and platform boots. Scary. Very scary.
Jun 16, 2012 9:23pm
I have one like that too. It's embarrassing when my mother insists on showcasing such pictures at family gatherings.Thanks for reading.
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