Jane Bates: Too tight to call

Fashion can be a health hazard, says Jane Bates.

Fashion can be a health hazard, says Jane Bates

Walking around in your birthday suit can get you into all kinds of trouble, but wearing clothes can be almost as hazardous. Recently, stories of jeans-related nerve damage have abounded, with some women even sustaining compartment syndrome through the wearing of skinny strides.

But before we judge, we must remember that every era had its own fashion disasters. Remember the platform shoes of the 1970s, and how often we fell over? It was like being a human skittle. Those flowing, floral dresses we wore may have looked romantic, but they were a disaster waiting to happen – one friend fell off her bicycle on a busy London street when her floaty dress became entangled in the chain, almost bringing the capital’s traffic to a standstill.

And don’t get me started on trousers, which are the sartorial version


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