These 8 bizarre fashion trends from the past are proof that fashion had, has, and always will have a weird bias!
I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only person here who finds it hard understanding fashion. I mean, sometimes, when I look at outfits sported by models on the ramp, I wonder if I cut up a few pieces of cardboard and stuck them on my t-shirt, I’d be called a designer too. But just when I thought modern fashion was weird enough, there came these fashion trends of the past that I stumbled across on the internet. And good lord, was I in for a surprise!!
Read through these eight, uber strange fashion trends of the past, and let me know if your fist was in your mouth too.
1 The Hobble Skirt
A.k.a, the ‘speed limit skirt’. If you thought pencil fit skirts were hard to walk in, think again. This fashion statement, though short lived, is from the late 19th century and the early 20th century. The hobble skirt was a skirt intentionally designed to slow women down. A knee-long corset, along with the weird fit of the dress; were used to achieve the effect!
The hobble skirt was first designed by French fashion designer Paul Poiret back in 1910. This narrow cut hugged the legs extremely closely and clinched the ankles together. The name is derived from the device that is used to tie up the feet of horses called a ‘hobble’.
2 The Symington Bra
I’d probably wear this if I had to play the role of a man in a play or something, but definitely not something I’d wear under a pretty dress, unlike the women of the 1920’s. Step aside the hourglass and apple and pear, for it is rectangle all the way!
The Symington bra was a slip-on sort of undergarment with lace on either side of the body to tighten up. This undergarment’s property was to flatten out a woman’s breasts rather than providing them with support. The Symington side lacer was invented by corset makers R. and W.H Symington to award a woman with a boyish, rectangular figure.