6 Popular Fashion Trends (That Killed People)

Cracked | February 1, 2012 - 3:50 pm

If we know our readers, then we’re guessing fashion dominates your every thought. But how far would you go to be wearing the absolute latest and hottest looks? Would you wear something knowing it could, at some point, kill your ass?

Through history men and women have been asked that exact question, and time and time again they shrugged and said, “Eh, I’ll risk it.” So we wound up with things like…

#6. The Crinoline: The crinoline is a hoop skirt that women in the 19th century wore under their actual skirts. It was made from horsehair and thread or steel, and the whole purpose of the huge apparatus was to make the skirt look more… skirt-like.

Also, since you were basically wearing a cage around your legs, you could probably use the crinoline to trap small animals and kick them to death.

How It Could Kill You: The steel crinoline was actually so deadly it’s amazing this thing was ever worn at all. Because of its design, it was quite susceptible to gusts of wind. There are tales of women on piers that were swept up and carried out to sea, where they promptly drowned due to having a fucking steel cage tied to their waists. It was also a bad idea to hang around cliffs or tall buildings in this sort of contraption. Read more…