Bombasting or stuffing extra clothing underneath one’s clothes became popular in England in Elizabethan era. During those days, both men and women would stuff their sleeves to create that ‘leg-of-mutton’ look we see so frequently in old paintings. In fact, men would even bombast their doublet to create a pot-belly impression as that came to be associated with wealth.
#6. Powdered Wigs
Long hair was associated with wealth and social status during the Middle Ages. Both men and women keenly sported long flowing locks. At the same time, Syphilis was on rise which led to baldness and a nasty smell. So, the members of upper and middle classes took to wearing wigs which would often be made with goat, horse or human hair. These wigs were coated with orange powder or scented lavender to mask the smell of the disease. It became a fashion trend when Louis XIV started wearing them.
This was a hoop skirt that would be worn underneath frocks. They were popular in the 19th century and would be made of horsehair, wood or even steel. This incredibly dangerous piece of clothing was supposed to create an impression of big and regal hips in women. But they ended up leading to accidents such as being caught in spokes of carriage wheels. In fact, they were so stiff that thousands of women died in a church fire as their skirts were caught in the door.