Fashion in the 80s seemed pretty extreme, but what about going even further back? Historically, women have embraced some pretty outlandish techniques to be on trend, and they make our most regrettable outfits look downright subtle. If you would’ve been born maaany years ago, do you see yourself rocking any of these weird trends?
NEVER FULLY DRESSED WITHOUT A SMILE
Most people agree that dimples are adorable, but how far would you go to get them? In the 1920’s, people wanted them so badly that they would wear a device that pushed dimples into their face by force. Talk about suffering for fashion!
The Renaissance was all about rounded faces and high foreheads, and people would go a long way to achieve that ideal. Not only would they shave back their hairline, but they would also pluck out their eyelashes with tweezers, which sounds so much more painful than just tweezing your eyebrows!
YOU’RE SO VEIN
For most people, seeing bright blue veins spread across their neck would be a cause for concern, but in 17th Century England they were all the rage! Women would pencil veins onto their neck and chest, because looking pale to the extreme emphasised one’s high and noble birth.
WALKING ON AIR
High heels are a fashion staple now, but what about shoes that were 50 cm off the ground? In the 15th Century, women would wear chopine shoes to keep their dresses out of the mud, and demonstrate their social position. Not a practical look for today, especially since every wearer required a servant to keep them upright.
BITTEN BY THE FASHION BUG
In Victorian Times, wearing make-up was banned, but that didn’t stop women from getting their fashion fix any way they could. Instead of lipstick and blush, they would bite their lips and pinch their cheeks, which would make them look rosy and healthy. That’s hot, I guess?
Most of us have tried to get a tan at some point in our lives, but 17th century England was about the complete opposite. It was fashionable to look as pale as possible, and to achieve that, women would wear vinegar and lead that eventually turned their skin yellow.
Nowadays we have setting sprays to keep make-up in place, but in 1939s Canada they had a whole other solution. Women would wear plastic cones to protect their make-up from the snowy weather, making it hard to see when the plastic quickly fogged up.
TAKE YOUR MEDICINE
People have tried all sorts of diets for glowing skin, but this one in particular seems like it’s really not worth it. Women in the 19th Century would eat arsenic, which caused goitre and even death!
In the 18th Century, the use of make-up became so elaborate that fake moles were even used in code. The placement and shape of a mole could tell you everything about a woman, from their marital status to whether they were asking you out on a date that night!
PRETTY IN GREEN
In the Victorian Era, Scheele’s Green was the height of fashion, but the shade came at a price. The copper and arsenic in the dye leeched into the skin and slowly killed the owner, making them truly drop-dead gorgeous!