Some Seriously Awkward Flexes
Throughout time and history fashion transforms and evolves. Sometimes for the better and other times for the worse. Certain items are fit to survive and evolve, while others go extinct. It is fun to look back at what failed and what made the cut.
A little taste of the past: 4 accessories that the necktie has outlived.
The Top Hat - Honest Abe is that you?
What is it: It traditionally was a tall, stiff black hat with a flat crown and a broad brim. Made from a stiff wool felt and in some cases silk. The top hat regained popularity thanks to the support of President Abe Lincoln who frequently wore this style of hat.
When: Policemen and postmen wore hats in similar style as part of their uniforms. This was done to help provide them with a more authoritative presentation. With the help of a 1 to 2 foot top hat a male could look drastically taller. This style was commonly worn by men of all classes in the 1800's.
Where did it go: Like a middle schooler who goes on to high school transforms his style to fit the new vibe the same happened with the top hat. Over time the top hat evolved into softer hats mainly due to cost and convenience.
The Codpiece - Winner of the Weird Flex Award
What is it: A pouch that attached to the front on a man's pants. Don’t worry we are a little weirded out about this accessory too. They were manly worn to create breathing room for the crotch area when all men wore tights.
When: These awkward accessory made its appearance in the 1540's before going completely out of style by the 1590's, thankfully.
Where did it go: Funny enough, in the Renaissance humorists would make fun of the codpiece in the 1600's just years after it was widely worn by men. Interestingly enough many believe that the protective cup male athletes wear evolved from the cod piece. Fashionable, absolutely not. Protective, yes. Let us remember that going forward into the future.
The Pocket Watch - More durable than any iPhone
What is it: A watch with a chain that generally connected to the last button on male's shirt. The watch was then carried in a pocket. These classy portable clocks were the first clocks the individuals could own.
When: In the 1930's and '40's these bad boys made their mark as one of the hottest accessories. They were an accessory to prove of your wealth and education. If you got your hands on one of these then you achieved the 'status symbols' of that time.
Where did it go: Shortly after wristwatches came into the picture. The practicality of a watch on your wrist quickly caused a shift in the industry. This caused the fall of the pocket watch.
The Walking Stick - Yoda Would Be Proud
What is it: A branch of wood used to support weight on each step. Frequently made of chestnut, beech wood or ivory with a decorative handle. Canes like most accessories were a sign of wealth and influence.
When: The cane hit its peak in the 1600's. Even though the origin of canes was for self-defense or as an aid for walking, this accessory became one of the classics sold in the street markets.
Where did it go: In the 19th century, canes were made available for almost everyone at inexpensive prices. Soon anyone who wanted a cane no matter their class or status could get their hands on this accessory. After no longer serving as a symbol of status canes became pointless. Now only those who need physical walking aids use canes.
Thank goodness we have survived some of those days.. We have come a long way. Now we don't have to worry about anyone wearing a codpiece.. Well at least hopefully right?
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