6 Odd Fashion Fads From History
Only wealthy folks could afford sweets during the Elizabethan era, and therefore were more prone to rotting teeth. Therefore, the black teeth fad was meant to make yourself look wealthier.
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Key Facts In This Video
Blackened teeth was a sign of wealth because it meant someone could afford sugar, an expensive item at the time. (0:35)
The "Judies" look was popular in Britain in the 1950s. (2:47)
Newspaper and sheet metal became unconventional items used to make garments. (3:34)