25 Bizarre Facts About Clothing Most People Are Not Aware Of

Do you want to know some really cool and bizarre facts about clothing? Like, did you know that if you didn’t wear new clothes on Christmas Eve a giant cat might eat you? That bikinis and atomic bombs go together for some really odd reason? That men started wearing heels before women? It’s all true. Though fashion may seem outrageous at times, it’s history can prove to be just as outrageous if not more. After all, what would you say to the fact that some people in ancient times wore color coordinated clothing just to show off their status in society? Or how about the fact that one of the most important pieces to a bra was designed by a famous MALE writer? You won’t believe how interesting and shocking clothing history can be. So if you want to know where the idea for the name of your favorite jeans came from, or how the original bikinis where received, take a look at these 25 Bizarre Facts About Clothing Most People Are Not Aware Of.

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The manly spacesuits worn by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were actually created by bra maker Playtex.

Neil ArmstrongSource: Clothing: A Global History (Book), Image: en.wikipedia.org
19

Napoleon had brass buttons sewn on the sleeves of his soldiers’ uniforms to discourage them from wiping their noses on their uniforms. It is also believed that he rewarded them after victorious battles with bottles of expensive perfume.

Napoleon The GreatSource: Clothing: A Global History (Book), Image: en.wikipedia.org
18

The Russian military started wearing socks officially in 2007. Before that they’d just wrap pieces of cloth around their feet.

Russian ArmySource: Clothing: A Global History (Book), Image: en.wikipedia.org
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The first high heels appear in Persia and were worn by Men. Persian horse riders used heeled shoes for extra stability when riding horses (they helped hold the rider's foot in stirrups).

High heels for menSource: Clothing: A Global History (Book), Image: en.wikipedia.org
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Greek prostitutes had sayings etched into the bottoms of their shoes such as “follow me” to attract customers. Apparently prostitutes in ancient Greece had to be very athletic and walk in a very specific way to show them off.

Ancient Greek ProstitutesSource: Clothing: A Global History (Book), Image: commons.wikimedia.org

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