Fortunately (not) everything comes back

Fortunately (not) everything comes back

Fashion revolves in a circle because it has neither a beginning nor an end. This argument is evident because fashion occasionally changes, and the same ideas are repeated with minor or major corrections. New fashion styles are created based on something that has been seen before, which was a fashion standard and/or a status symbol in the past.

Fortunately, not everything comes back.

Imagine if fashion designers and experts convince us that it's time to bring back any of these fashion styles (now we could call them madness) from earlier times!?

Men's medieval shoes, tight trousers, and short tunics

From the 1330s onwards, men considered shoes with long pointed toes the height of fashion, and by the end of the 14th century, the toes were so long that the edges of the footwear had to be reinforced with whalebone to prevent the shoes from curling and to allow gentlemen of that time to walk. The most fashionable men of that era wore shoes with toes as long as 70 cm. There are no records (at least I haven't found any) about what fascinated women (and some men) of that time more - men's clothing or footwear. Shoes were certainly worth attention, but if we know that medieval men wore very tight trousers and extremely short tunics, similar to corsets, which left little to the imagination and clearly showed what each man "possessed," then we believe that the gaze did not always stop at the shoes, even if they were a meter long.

Women's shoes from the 16th and 17th centuries, whose platform was sometimes as high as 70 cm

A fashion hit in Venice four or five centuries ago was extremely high platform shoes. It could be said that they arose more out of necessity than a desire to create something new and different in the world of fashion. Thanks to these high platforms, women could walk the muddy streets of Venice without dirtying their long, luxurious dresses. At that time, it was highly desirable to be tall or at least slightly taller than others, so "chopines" played a very important role in making women look more beautiful and attractive. As is usual in the world of fashion (but not exclusively fashion), we often do not stop where we should, so platforms became so high that it was almost impossible to walk in them, and anyone who wore them had to have a servant to help maintain balance. If you're curious about what it might have looked like, find videos of Lady Gaga in shoes that definitely weren't made for walking.

 In the 1860s, dresses were extremelly wide and  women “were on fire.  And literally.

The "crinoline period" lasted from 1850 to 1870 and involved wearing several layers of skirts on a large wooden or steel hoop that was attached around the waist. In addition to being tightened into corsets, women, after putting on beautiful dresses, would immerse themselves in water to make the clothes cling to their bodies and make them look more captivating. They did this even when it was very cold outside, often leading to pneumonia and death. It was not uncommon for dresses to catch fire as women passed by candles. It is estimated that during the late 1850s to the late 1860s in England, nearly 3000 women died from the consequences of fires somehow related to women's dresses of that time. Fortunately, this fashion trend did not last long.

Wearing chameleons as living jewellery in 1894

Americans went through a harsh phase when it came to wearing jewellery. Namely, at the end of the 19th century, every moderately modern New Yorker wore a live chameleon instead of gold or other jewellery. Tiny lizards came from the south to stimulate fashion craze and satisfy the fashion appetites of New York ladies. Mostly women bought them, put a chain around their necks, and then hung them on cushions or clothing items. Lizards were sold as "chameleons" that would change color to match the color of their wardrobe. This "fashion trend" was thankfully stopped by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals by banning the sale of "little lizards."

Truth be told, there have been attempts to revive some of these fashion spirits in the 20th and 21st centuries, especially by eccentric artists, but fortunately, their "advanced" fashion ideas were not accepted, and it all ended with the saying: "Every wonder lasts three days." Even Lady Gaga's shoes and the dresses.

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