Fashion portrays the ever-changing style of garments worn by those with social status. A trend happens when people start to copy or impersonate the clothing style. Fashion changes enormously inside a general public after some time, yet in addition are influenced by age, occupation, sexual direction, area and social class. The fashion trends do not remain the same and transform along with the growing years because people get to learn more about clothing, or make up. Back then, every ancient society had their own fashion trends such as Egyptians were famous for their black kohl eyeliner, Romans were famous for their long tunics for women and short tunics for men and French people were famous for their powdered wigs. If we compare today’s fashion trend with the ancient fashion trends; we will find it really weird and can never practice those trends in our today’s life. If we look back, we find it really funny how people back then used to wear such clothes or put on such makeup. Historical fashion will always look odd to the modern eyes; we have come up with some strange fashion trends over the centuries let’s have a look on them.
The hoop skirts which are also known as crinoline is a women’s undergarment; designed to keep the legs free; whether it is for cooling purpose or to save women from tripping. Hoops were then adopted as a fashion item, and the size and scale of the hoops grew in grandeur, especially during the mid-nineteenth century transition from the 1850s to the 1860s. When the circular crinoline came out in 1856, it was a revelation not only of technology but of convenience for women. By the 1870s, the cage of the crinoline became a cage only at the rear of the woman’s undergarments. This is known today as a bustle.
Unlike today, both men and women used to apply makeup back then. They lined their eyes in black kohl to keep them safe from bright sunlight. The dark black kohl liner would reflect the sun away from them. Other than this; they used to wear only two types of eyeshadows: UDJU (made up of green ore copper) and MESDEMET (made up of a dark gray ore of lead). Along with rouge, lip gloss and nail polish, eye shadows were worn only on special occasions, that too on personal preference.
Hobble skirt was designed with a narrow hem below the knee, so that women are only able to take very small steps. Skirts had been rapidly narrowing since the mid-1900s. Slim skirts were economical because they used less fabric. Hobble skirts were a short-lived fashion trend that peaked between 1908 and 1914. The hobble skirt trend began to decline in popularity at the beginning of World War I, as the skirt’s limited mobility did not suit the wartime atmosphere.
The term bombasting was originated by Elizabeth England; it is when the trend of filling parts of garments with extra pads to make it look more intimidating began. Men sported bombasted doublets to increase their girth and their codpieces to increase their manhood, while women just wore filled sleeves. Bombasting is a mixed form of stuffing that could be made of cotton, wool, sawdust, or horsehair. In some cases, people would carry around six pounds of the stuff inside their clothes.
These big white wigs symbolized the high class because it was first worn by King Louis XIII of France. He started to wear this wig to hide his premature baldness. Later on this trend was continued and reached Europe by the late 17th Century. Men started to powder themselves to stay bright white. Later, The British government, however, started taxing hair powder in 1795, a decision that eventually led to the end of that particular fashion.
This piece of clothing was the ancient Greek version of the modern-day cloak. Made from a seamless, rectangular piece of woolen material about the size of a blanket, it was worn by pinning fibulae on the right shoulder. Since its first appearance in ancient Greek fashion, the chlamys saw gradual modifications in the way it was worn. Originally it was wrapped around the waist like a loincloth, but by the end of the fifth century BC it was worn over the elbows. It could be worn over other clothing, but was often the sole item of clothing for young soldiers and messengers, at least in Greek art.
In the 1940s, the fashion trend of bullet bra began when someone thought that women would look better with cone-shaped breasts. They became popular by the 1950s and went out of fashion until 1990. They are now produced by some lingerie manufacturers too.