Wig, powder, heels: why men used to dress so strangely
I didn’t wear tights – I’m not a man
Some fashion trends have a completely trivial explanation – huge wide-brimmed hats protected from slop that could spill on the chevalier's head while he hurried to the palace through the city streets. And the long feathers on the headdress are purely for beauty. Shoes with heels saved the feet from mud when they had to walk on the pavement filled with rain and sewage. Stockings and chausses, by the way, were a purely masculine accessory until the end of the 18th century. Europeans adopted this fashion from the Arabs in the 13th century. Before that, they wrapped their legs with leather cloth to the thigh, and put on some kind of short trousers over them.
Shoe tights with a codpiece sewn to them were considered very masculine and admired by women. .ru/sized/f550x700/5s/3l/5s3l83cnayskck4skcs80go0c.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>