Do you ever think about why you choose the clothes you wear? Maybe – maybe not. Many of the clothes, shoes and accessories we wear today have an interesting background story. Fashion houses do not always invent their designs out of thin air. Many times the inspiration comes from some very unrelated angles. As I have traveled the world, I have thought more and more about the origin of these trends. Here I have found 5 facts that will probably surprise you.
High heels: invented in Persia
Originally, it was men who wore high heels. It was not for the sake of sight, instead, they had a function. The heels helped to ensure that men were firmly seated in the stirrups when riding a horse. They were introduced into the fashion world around the 17th century. Eventually, this trend found its way into women’s clothing, and men stopped wearing high heels. It’s funny to think that high heels originally had a practical function. Today, it is the fewest high heels that can be considered practical, and they exist primarily for aesthetic appeal.
The corset – fashion created by the “influencers” of the time
In the past, there was a certain high-ranking group in society that had a great deal of influence on various trends. The royal families around Europe were the influencers of that time.
Although the corset originally came from Italy, it was in France that it gained significant popularity among the court. Although the corset is basically a piece of underwear, it has from time to time made its way onto the fashion scene as an independent piece of clothing. If you are interested in Europe, you can check my article about traveling in eastern Europe here.
Do Cowboy boots come from the USA?
It would be logical to conclude the United States as the origin of the cowboy boot. Anyone who has seen a western movie has probably noticed the iconic boots. But this type of boots actually originated in Spain, where shepherds and other horsemen used them.
Medieval shoes were very long
Whether shoes should be long and pointy changes with time. However, it is in no way comparable to what shoes should look like in the Middle Ages. At one point, men walked around with shoes so long that they were over 50 cm! When speaking of impractical clothing, this is a good example. It is not only today’s fashion that is impractical; In the past, there were many strange trends that make today’s clothes look boring.
The influence of the military on fashion
And no, I’m not thinking of camouflage clothing, which is quite obviously a military inspiration. In fact, this influence goes much deeper. A good example is the popular trench coat. A brand called Aquascutum produced clothing for the military during the Crimean War.
The design consisted of a practical jacket, which we know today as a trench coat. It was later Burberry that made this type of light jacket popular.
In addition, it is also worth mentioning the classic Rayban Aviator sunglasses. The inspiration behind these iconic shades comes from military goggles designed to protect pilots from sunlight. During the 1930s, more advanced aircraft were invented and they were able to fly at higher altitudes. This gave rise to a new problem which was solved by flying goggles in this form. Read more about military and fashion here.