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The Complete History of Blue Jeans, From Miners to Marilyn Monroe

If you ask someone why they wear blue jeans and they reply "because they’re comfortable," they are lying to you in a way that is so total and complete I suspect they are also lying to themselves. Denim is a tough, rugged material meant to withstand time and the elements. Literally any other fabric would feel better against your skin. Generally, when people say that something they wear is "comfortable," they mean it is psychologically comfortable, not physically comfortable. We wear blue jeans because everyone else wears blue jeans, and it’s our nature to want to be part of a group. Read Entire Article:  http://www.racked.com/2015/2/27/8116465/the-complete-history-of-blue-jeans-from-miners-to-marilyn-monroe

The ancient and amazing history of women painting their nails.

On humans and other primates, nails are a flattened version of a claw which likely developed to aid in gripping and climbing. However, they can also act as a visible “health report.” Someone in poor health, or infected by a fungus, might have yellow, brittle nails, while someone in good health might have strong, long nails. The fact that healthy nails are the sign of a healthy person may have led to people beginning to grow them out, or it could have been simply that long nails are cumbersome when working with your hands, so they were something of a status symbol. Whatever the case, it might surprise you to learn that manicuring nails has actually been around for many thousands of years—dating back at least to 3200 B.C. At the time, Chinese royalty would grow their nails and tint them with things like eggwhites or flower petals. Around the same time, Ancient Egyptians were also painting their nails, this time in accordance with their social classes; richer Egyptians painted their nai…

A look into the amazing history of women's stockings.

A Brief History of Stockings  The history of hosiery goes back to ancient times (the word sock is from the Latin soccus, a sort of indoor slipper), but early socks were sewn from woven fabrics. Fast forward to Tudor England, and knitted stockings were coming into fashion. The world's first knitting machine was invented in 1589 by William Lee, and was for making stockings.

Successive inventors made improved versions of this knitting machine over the centuries. In 1864 William Cotton patented the machine which was able to automatically drop and add stitches, which enabled the knitted fabric to be shaped and tailored to fit the leg.
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THE WORST FASHION TRENDS IN HISTORY

By Brunson Stafford You might have spent some time regretting some of your recent fashion choices, but your choices are probably not nearly as bad as some that have been made by fashion designers in the past. These fashion “trends” of the past may seem bizarre on first glance, but when you take a closer look at them things start to get really weird! Many of the fashion trends in the past have focused on making women more appealing, but they were also used for more nefarious purposes. Some of these fashion trends were actually used as a way to control both women and men alike. Here are some of the worse ones;




Crinolines The crinoline was a gaudy hoop-like dress worn in the 19th century. They were usually made from wood or horsehair, but sometimes they were made from steel! It was fashionable for women to have wide hips in the 19th century, and the crinoline was meant to accentuate the hips. Kim Kardashian would be jealous! Unfortunately, many women died wearing these contraptions, as th…