10 Fashion Items That Secretly Damage Your Health

It has been proven that 73% of women’s back problems come from the clothes and accessories they wear. Many items from your wardrobe are not as harmless as they may seem.

Bright Side wants to warn you about these 10 everyday pieces of clothing and accessories that can have a negative impact on your health.

1. Tight pants

Due to the effect of compression, these super popular “skinny jeans” are a real threat to your health. They can cause many problems including poor blood circulation, dilated veins, and even slow digestion. Moreover, because of the additional pressure on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, overly tight pants can cause numbness and pain in the thighs.

So next time you look for new skinny jeans, make sure they not only highlight your curves but are also safe for your health.

2. High heels

In the latest study, researchers at Auburn University concluded that women have four times more foot problems than men do. Joint pain, calluses, ankle sprains, osteoarthritis, and nerve damage, just to name a few. If you have any of these problems, blame it on the high-heeled shoes you love so much. The higher and narrower the heel is, the worse.

Try to limit the amount of time you wear your heels, and next time go with a pair of more comfortable ones. Your feet should feel supported and balanced, especially if you plan on a long-distance walk.

3. Thongs

If you often wear thongs, you should know that this piece of underwear can lead to serious intimate health problems such as vaginal infections, hemorrhoids, irritation, and skin chafing in the genital area.

Try not to wear thongs very often, especially in summer. If you do, choose 100% cotton.

4. Heavy earrings and necklaces

According to recent studies, 20% of all ear piercings develop a bacterial infection. Plus, if a procedure was carried out incorrectly, it can lead to the spread of infection in the future and put your life at risk. The use of large and heavy earrings often cause damaged earlobes, a problem that requires plastic surgery to be fixed.

The same thing with necklaces. A heavy one can cause neck pain and even difficult-to-treat contractures.

5. Ties

Women are not the only ones who suffer from their clothes. According to a Cornell University study, 67% of men buy shirts that are smaller than their necks.

As a result, small shirts and tight tie knots reduce blood circulation, increase intraocular pressure, cause headaches, limit neck movement, and increase muscle tension in the back and shoulders.

6. Poorly fitted bras

The wrong bra size or poorly fitted bras can cause numerous problems such as back, shoulder, and spinal pain.

Every time you buy a bra, try it on before leaving the store. If you have big breasts, avoid wearing bras with thin straps. If you have a smaller bust, make sure that the metal underwires don’t damage your skin.

7. Flip-flops

Despite being an essential accessory for the beach, flip-flops are not as safe as you think. They actually put your feet at risk: this type of footwear can cause scrapes on your feet that can be easily infected.

Moreover, being very flat, flip-flops make your heels hit the ground with more force which can end up causing discomfort and back pain.

8. Shapewear

A tight girdle can cause shortness of breath, muscle pain, and blood circulation problems.

Always choose the right size for you, and look for shapewear made with Lycra to provide an adequate balance of support, compression, and comfort.

9. Extra-large handbags

Like any other woman, you most likely fill your handbag with everything you could possibly need. However, carrying too much weight on one shoulder can cause muscle pain and end up damaging your joints.

If you can’t give up your favorite XXL handbag, try not to fill it with unnecessary stuff. Just the things you really need.

10. Pencil skirts

Pencil skirts, or pipe skirts, bring your legs too close to each other, so there’s always a possibility of losing your balance and falling. They limit all your movements, from walking to getting into the car, but the worst thing is that such skirts can cause muscle strains and knee malformations.