high heelsRapper Fabolous wasn't kidding when he called it "shoe-icide." We ladies are totally wrecking our feet and more when we put on heels over two inches high. But those lovely, sky-high Louboutins aren't the only problem. You could also be wearing Spanx or superskinny jeans, and out of the blue, you're suffering from acid reflux ... or numbness in your leg!? We've all experienced it: That moment in which you kick yourself for ever wearing such impractical, health-compromising clothes or accessories. But then, for the love of fashion, or looking slimmer or appearing taller, you rinse, repeat, and take the risk that you'll end up in pain. Guh!

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal explored some of the common sartorial missteps women make that turn them into fashion victims. Apparently, we need to be warned against apparel and accessories that are too tight, too loose, too heavy, too high, or too floppy. 

Because these items can take a serious toll on our health ... duh.

Sure, it's interesting -- and freaky! -- to know that too tight belts or control-top pantyhose can actually compress a major nerve, the lateral, femoral cutaneous nerve, that runs from the abdomen to the outer thigh and trigger a condition called meralgia paresthetica (or numbness, burning, tingling). But at the same time, shouldn't we ladies know better than to be wearing clothes that inflict even moderate discomfort? But it almost seems as if we can't shake the idea that beauty and fashion equal pain. Even if it's not old-fashioned girdles or Chinese foot binding we're subjecting ourselves to, we're still thinking we need to put ourselves through misery to look presentable. What a disaster!

I admit: I've had my share of fashion roadkill moments. In September, I fell down cobblestone steps in four-inch heels and twisted my ankle. It's been healing ever since, and I've had to pass on any footwear featuring more than a kitten heel or a small wedge. And I've had my share of disasters during which shapewear has inflicted debilitating digestive issues. In retrospect, it sounds so stupid to sacrifice my wellness for style.

When it comes down to it, you have to wonder: What's more important? Our appearance or our health? Fashion or feeling well? If we're wise, we'll choose the latter every time.

What fashion "don'ts" are you guilty of that harm your health?

 

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