FRIDAY (the 13th) FEATURE: Scary Beauty Trends
It's here. And it's in October, which for some reason makes it all the more foreboding. Friday the 13th has struck fear and superstition into countless typically sensible people for centuries now. Because Friday's have been considered unlucky since early Christianity (day of the crucifixion) and 13 being unlucky since urban legends cropped up in 1690 (number of people at the Last Supper in Christianity and number of witches to make a coven), it's no wonder the Victorians put the two together to create the ultimate unlucky day.
And once you're already expecting bad luck, that's when you'll notice every unfortunate event that happens that day.
Since we're already filled with a bit of fear and dread today, let's talk about something else that strikes fear into us: bad fashion trends. There's been a number of unfortunate fashions throughout history, and we know anything from cat eye eyeliner to MC Hammer pants can make a comeback. Let's hope none of these scary and unfortunate trends find a way into our closets again.
These large hoop skirts were all the rage in the 19th century, giving the wearing the appearance lovely, large hips and were often made of wood or steel. The only problem? Extremely dangerous. Imagine that huge skirt getting caught in a wagon spoke, being caught up by a gusty wind, or being trapped in a building that's on fire because your skirt is cumbersome and huge to get out? Yikes.
Stilettos don't have anything on chopines. These terrifying shoes were borne of necessity in 16th and 17th century Venice to help ladies walk through the muddy streets. But when height began to be a sign of importance and wealth, chopines became more of a fashion statement. Even with a Venitian law regulating the height, wearers would ignore comfort and practicality for little more height.
Well, this is a pretty astute name for this cursed trend. Named after "hobbling," which is when you tie an animals legs together to keep it from running off, the hobble skirt did pretty much the same thing for the women who wore them. They literally kept women from taking large steps or walking quickly, just like animals. Paul Poiret, who is credited with the first of these skirts, claimed "Yes, I freed the bust (from the popular corset), but I shackled the legs." Lets make sure these never come back.
Believe it or not, black teeth were a thing. Thanks to Queen Elizabeth I's sweet tooth, black teeth actually became (a thankfully brief) fashion trend. Due to her love of sweets and poor dental care, the queen's teeth turned dark from decay and somehow that inspired other women to darken their own teeth to give the image that they had enough money for sugar.
The 90's were a time of many regrettable fashion choices but none as terrifying as the popcorn shirt. Yes, some of other trends on the list have actual medical reasons why they're a bad idea, but popcorn shorts don't need one, they just are.
So while you're avoiding black cats, ladders, and stepping on cracks, we hope society will also avoid these unfortunate trends (knock on wood).