| Author: Joshua Swan

1. Calves better than abs?

In the modern world, women’s legs are really admired, but way back in the medieval times and all the way up to the 18th century, it was men’s calves that got all the attention. In fact, men used to wear stockings, so that they could show off their muscular, chiseled calves. Some even went further and used padding to make their calves look more muscular! King Henry VIII was well-known for his calves. We wonder if it was all-natural or padding!

 

2. Beaty patches were considered classy

Way back in the eighteenth century, the trend of women wearing makeups started. They also began wearing beauty patches, which are small fabric pieces that were applied on the face. These beauty patches came in several shapes and sizes, where the most prominent ones were stars, squares, and circles. Not only that, the placement of these beauty patches had a particular meaning as well. For instance, applying a beauty patch on your right cheek was supposed to mean that the woman in question was married, while a patch near the mouth meant the woman was flirtatious!

 

3. Painted legs during the World war II

During the World War II, there was an immense shortage of nylon and so women couldn’t afford to wear pantyhose. However, since the tanned legs that were a result of wearing stockings were considered important, there was a huge demand for paint products that were meant to make them look like the in nylon. Various ads during the time focused on how one wouldn’t be able to differentiate between legs that were covered in hose and legs that were just painted! However, since not everyone had access to these paints, quite a few women would actually just apply gravy and get that nylon look!

 

4. The “Divorce corset” was quite in demand

 

The corset is considered one of the most innovative examples that allow body modification, as it allows a narrowed-looking waist while also lifting the breasts. The corsets have been worn by women right from the sixteenth century all the way to the nineteenth century, with a variety of styles used. Some of the varieties, in fact, were so tight they made breathing difficult! However, the nineteenth century saw a new beauty trend of having the breasts separated. And instead of the usual high cleavage that was in fashion earlier, women now wished to have a clear gaping between their breasts. This led to the new variety of corset being introduced in the markets – the “divorce corset”, which was named so because it separated the breasts and created a distinct cleavage.

 

5. Veiny cleavage was a 17th-century must-have

Cleavage as a fashion trend began in seventeenth-century England. All the dress designs saw the necklines going down, and the breasts became a prominent body part that women tried to display. However, the same era was also known for showing extreme pale skin, which indicated that the person was wealthy and had the means to stay out of the sun, unlike the working class. So, in order to get the desired pale skin, women often applied the face powder on their skin and would draw blue colored veins on the breasts for it to look like translucent skin!

 

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