A few hundred years from now, there’s no doubt that people will look back on our current fashion trends with disdain. After all, no style is truly timeless – just ask anyone who had a mullet. Still, despite the horrors of 1970s fashion, the past few decades are still nowhere near some of the weirdest fashion trends that have emerged through the ages – from flammable dresses to facial tattoos.
20. Neck rings
Neck rings are thought to have originated in the European Iron Age, and they have endured throughout the centuries. Indeed, the rings – which contort the ribs and collarbone to produce the impression of a longer neck – are still a feature of certain African and Asian cultures. They’re usually worn to indicate status or uphold beauty ideals.
19. Smile tattoos
If you’d ever met a woman of the Ainu people in the 19th century, undoubtedly the first thing you’d have been struck by were the large, black smile tattoos that surrounded her lips. Thought to ward off evil spirits and ensure her place in the afterlife, the tattoos were done over the course of a decade, usually from about age five to 15.