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Fashion Fun Facts!

All the clothing we wear today has a history, sometimes a history that goes back hundreds of years. You may love fashion, but you probably aren't aware of how much can be learnt from the complex history of the fashion and textiles industry! To get your fashion education started, here are a few fun facts! 

Fashion in History

  • No need for yoga pants: ancient Greeks did all of their exercise naked! In fact, the word "gymnasium" actually comes from the word "gumnos," which means naked.
  • Platform sandals have increased in popularity recently, but they've actually been around for thousands of years! Ancient Greek actors wore them on stage.
  • Prior to the 17th century, heels were primarily worn by men; they were worn for riding horses.
  • In the medieval ages, the color of a person's clothing could tell you their place in the class system; for example, members of the nobility wore red, whereas peasants wore grey or brown.

Ancient Greek actors wore platform sandals on stage!Ancient Greek actors wore platform sandals on stage!Courtesy of shefinds.com

20th Century Fashion

  • In 1917, Keds was the first company to create a pair of sneakers. Converse released their first pair of sneakers later that year, and they're still going strong today! 
  • It wasn't until World War II, when fabric was rationed, that it became socially acceptable for women to wear shorts in public. 
  • Jeans were originally designed for cowboys and industrial workers, but started to become more and more popular as casual wear during the 1950s and 1960s. Can you imagine not owning a pair of jeans? 
  • The modern bikini didn't exist until 1946; it was named after an atoll in the Asia Pacific area where the US military tested nuclear devices after World War II. It was later declared a sin by the Vatican and banned in numerous countries!

Check out the first pair of Keds!Check out the first pair of Keds!Courtesy of Pinterest

Modern Fashion

  • Over the course of her lifetime, the average American women supposedly spends over $100,000 on clothing!
  • More than 2 billion t-shirts are sold each year! This isn't much of a surprise; besides jeans, t-shirts are probably one of the most common pieces of clothing in the world. 
  • Do you have a pair of Hunter rain boots? They've been gaining popularity over the last 10 years, after Kate Moss brought them back into style by wearing them to the Glastonbury Festival in 2005. 
  • GPS shoes have actually been invented; pretty soon your parents will be able to track you through your footwear! 

You can go anywhere in these GPS shoes!You can go anywhere in these GPS shoes!Courtesy of dominicwilcox.com

There really is a lot to learn about fashion and where clothing trends have come from; as long as people have been wearing clothes, there have been changes in what's popular, what's available, and even what's socially acceptable. 

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  • Fashion is my life!
  • It's pretty important - but my friends and family come first.
  • It's fun, but not very important to me.
  • It isn't important at all.

Dear Dish-It In The Forums

Haha, thank you. I don't want to date, it's just that these stupid crushes :/
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I can relate very much.  :e  It happens a lot. But here's one thing, try not to date. At my middle school, everyone literally dates everybody and relationships never last. Part of the reason is that most of us aren't in that mature phase yet (mostly boys). As the days go by, we're growing. But, it's completely normal to have a crush on a boy. :) :thumbsup
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Sorry for the late reply, but I'd love to help. If they don't want to talk to you, or don't like your jokes, don't talk to them. They probably don't like you, so you shouldn't try to make it better. You should hang out with your other friends. They'll make you feel better about yourself. If you don't have any friends in your class...that's the problem.  That's exactly what happened to me last year. But I started hanging out with the guys more, and they were really nice and had a lot in common with me. Maybe the guys will be nice to you and accept you. I hope I helped you. :)   
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Aw, that's sad. I know this is a late review, but I would love to help you make new friends. There are kids that do nasty things at every single school, trust me, you'll never find a perfect school, and if people are reporting this form of bullying, teachers are probably supervising children more, so don't worry about that. :) Now making new friends, ahh, that's very difficult. I can be shy myself, but it honestly depends. What I usually do is observe different groups of people, and see how they interact with each other. If the person seems nice, wait until the time is appropriate and greet them. A friendly "Hi, I'm new, could you maybe show me around, or help me with this, or tell me about this school?" That will start off a conversation. :)  As well, I tend to make jokes, or go to my funny side. I usually make way more friends that way. You could try to make slight jokes, and gradually make them less implied and more clear as you joke around.  If there are any other new kids, or shy kids, definitely talk to them. If there are any kids that look lonely, or sad, maybe take some time to approach them. If they look like the want to be left alone, leave them alone. If you're not sure, it's best if you see someone else interact with them first.  If you're bisexual, that doesn't really matter, and don't bring that fact up in a conversation. That's kind of personal, and when you get a little closer, you can say that. It's not really important, and necessary for people to know that. And it's personal too. So don't bring that up unless you really want to.  I hope i helped you! Sorry for the late advice. >_< 
reply about 11 hours
Several people are having the same problem as you. Whether they're the same gender or not, many people crush on some of their closest friends. So don't feel alone, remember that. I know this is some late advice, but I hope so far things are going good. Many people are feeling the urge of confessing like you. Yes, I think you should confess to her clearly, but when the time is right. She may not like you, but if you really really like her, you should absolutely confess to her. But be aware that confessing to one of your friends can ruin your friendship. You have to be cautious, confess when the time is right. 5 months may be long for you, but honestly, that's a short-term crush. Don't rush your confession, and don't give up unless you think you should. Getting over someone can be incredibly hard too, but you're either going to get over her, or confess to her. When the time is right, confess. When the time never seems to come, I'm sorry, but unfortunately, I think it's best if you get over her, because you have to be 100% sure before you confess to someone. You're risking your friendship to, so think if it's really worth it.  I hope I helped you. :) 
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