Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Wear at Your Own Risk; from Squeezy Jeggings to Cosmetic Surgery, Here Are Five Fashion Trends That Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Wear at Your Own Risk; from Squeezy Jeggings to Cosmetic Surgery, Here Are Five Fashion Trends That Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

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Byline: Naomi Braithwaite

THE media frenzy after a woman was hospitalised for wearing skinny jeans has seen a fervent increase of interest in the medical dangers of certain fashion trends. But the health hazards of wearing tight clothing are not a recent discovery.

The harmful consequences of being on trend can be traced back over many centuries, most notably the Chinese tradition of foot binding.

This recent case of skinny jeans resulting in compartment syndrome may be construed as a rare occurrence.

Yet the physical consequences of these five other trends will certainly leave a memorable mark, not just in the history of fashion but also that of medical research.

1. Jeggings

A trend unique to the 21st century, jeggings became prevalent from 2010. They are an ultra-tight legging style that came from a merging of jeans and leggings. Not only do jeggings come with a health warning, but they have been called "the trend from hell" because of their unflattering and uncomfortable design.

Often seen as a fashion faux pas, jeggings have on occasion been banned in schools, because of their unsuitable - perhaps even indecent - nature.

On a more serious note, though, their tightness has been found to prevent air circulation around the crotch area, which has led to a recorded increase in yeast infections.

2. The corset

Cultural and fashion historian Valerie Steele has labelled the corset as one of the most controversial garments in the history of fashion.

The corset has been worn by women since the Renaissance. The desire for achieving a tiny waist was offset by the pain that this perceived "instrument of torture" most certainly inflicted upon its wearer.

Steele's study with medical researchers found that wearing tight corsets decreased lung capacity, caused damage to internal organs and even deformities of the skeleton. …

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