Top 5 Weird Fashions with Weirder Explanations
Fashion trends vary from country to country and over time, and what is considered to be very fashionable in one country, may be outlandish in another.
Fashion defines the clothes, appearance, hairstyle of an individual, and fashion norms vary from one country to another to a very great extent. What may be the latest fashion in one country or era may be considered to be weird or outlandish in another country or period of time. Hence it is important to accept the differences in culture and opinion, instead of criticizing and harassing a person for the variations in fashion and style.
Some of the major weird fashions from history are the explanation are discussed along with possible reasons for the same.
- Chubby,Well rounded women. Most medieval paintings and art show well rounded plump women with a roll of fat around their waist. This can be linked to changing economic conditions. In the middle ages, famines and food shortages were common, so most people had to work in fields, and were slim. Only the wealthy women could afford to stay at home, and become fat, which was considered a sign of beauty. With industrialization people were able to work in office, as they had sedentary jobs, so it was more difficult to remain slim, so being slim is in fashion today.
- Beaks worn by doctors – In the Middle Ages, doctors wore beaks while treating their patients. Due to the lack of hygiene, these patients would stink, and the beaks contained perfumes for reducing the stink. They would also frighten the patient, and drive away the fever.
- Egyptian fashion – Dark lined eyes for reducing the glare from the hot sun, especially in summer, and also the pyramids which were coated with limestone. They also wore a cap with perfumes, which reduced the stink caused by perspiration during the day.
- Elaborate Wigs of long white and blonde hair – King Louis Xii of frances who suffered from male pattern baldness was taunted by the British for the lack of hair on his head. To overcome this he started wearing elaborate wigs in a number of designs, which were soon in fashion in his court, and then in most parts of Europe for men. Even today, judges and lawyers in UK and Australia wear wigs
- Japanese hairstyle – The image of a Japanese warrior or samurai is defined by his characteristic hairstyle, where most of the hair on the head is shaved off, except for a small tuft of hair at the rear of the head, which is bunched together so that the samurai can wear a hat. This hairstyle is known as chonage and is popular with sumo wrestlers today.