If beauty is pain, then fashion must surely be something more terminal.
From stiletto heels to high-waisted jeans (I’m sorry, but compressing my internal organs to please a Swedish denim designer is not sustainable), we maybe have come a long way since corsetry – but are still a while off comfort.
While a blistered heel or cramping foot might feel like the end of the world, is it actually possible our clothes are… trying to kill us?
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Notable culprits were parka jackets with heavy fur hoods, skinny jeans, heavy cross-body bags and statement necklaces. Whether too heavy or too tight, these items have been proven to cause long-term health effects on women’s posture and muscle strain.
Apparently, one third of women (33%) interviewed were unaware that their clothing was causing such serious damage to their back and neck.
You know what I’m pretty sure is hurting my neck? Staring downwards at 13 inches of LED-lit screen for nine hours a day. Standing on my head in yoga. Picking up a four-year-old screaming child. Suspending a queen-size mattress on my shoulder as I try to correctly apply a dust ruffle without it crumpling up in the middle.