“Its clothes that wear us, and not we them,” said writer Virginia Woolf. She wasn’t too off the mark. But is it really worth it? No, for we are putting ourselves at risk with what may seemingly look like innocuous fashion trends. Here’s how.
They make you feel tall and statuesque; high heels do. But at what price?
Stilettos have been known to cause backaches, stiffness and arthritis. Prolonged wear can even strain your spine and give you a bad posture. And let’s not even talk about the painful bunions and corns that you’ll get from having walked on your toes all day long; or the possibility of a twisted ankle.
Having said all that, we wouldn’t recommend that you discard the sexy pair of Manolo Blahniks you just emptied your wallet on. Use high heels by all means, but sensibly and on occasion. And when you do, carry an extra pair of flat shoes to ease the pressure off your knees from time to time.
Thong It Away for Good?
Only sometimes, it’s a sex goddess with a yeast infection. Ouch! If you must wear thongs, avoid putting them on for prolonged periods. Use clean cotton panties as a rule; thongs can be a once-in-a-while exception.
Corsets Are All the Rage, Right Now.
They emphasise your curves and make your waist look oh-so insignificant. Aha, but there’s a catch. They exert excessive pressure on your chest and internal organs and could cause breathing problems.
Shiny Mane, Happy Mane?
Many shampoos, for instance, contain sodium lauryl sulfate, which has reportedly been known to cause baldness and scalp infection.Make sure you read the list of ingredients when buying hair products. Also, as much as possible, stick to natural products to make your hair healthy and lustrous.
Make-up is a woman’s best friend and can make you look charming even on a bad day. Many cosmetic companies are evolving ways to keep harmful substances out of your make-up. “It is very important to read the labels on products you intend to buy. Thoroughly investigate the products you use; it will definitely benefit you in the long run.
Work It Out Baby. But the Right Way
The problem arises when we try to look the part, dressing up in fancy lycra workout attire. It’s a good fit, no doubt, but can prove quite disastrous since it does not encourage any circulation of air. This leads to the accumulation of sweat in the inner thighs and around the waist causing ugly rashes and infections. .
The ’80s fashion scene is making a comeback.
But before you go the Tina Turner way, remember that knee-high stockings can impede blood circulation and cause spider veins.
Most of us are in the dark when it comes to sunglasses.
That is to say, just because your sunglasses are dark does not mean that they protect you from the sun. For all you know, these seemingly protective shades may be attracting rather than repelling the ultraviolet rays.
Chandelier earrings make quite a fashion statement.
But because of their bulk, they can cause your ear lobe to rip, causing recurrent infections.