Your Halloween Costume May Be Sexy – But Not Accurate
Thank goodness for the History Channel. As I sit, waiting for the new season of The Curse of Oak Island, I've discovered a video the History Channel produced, explaining the inaccuracy of those "Sexy Pirate" and "Sexy Viking" costumes.
Back in the day, in Salem (or wherever they lived), witches didn't even wear those pointy hats. But, there WERE stories about witches flying on broomsticks. I'm not going to go into the whole story about how or why the story got started (look it up) - let's just say - hallucinogenic drugs were involved. And surprisingly, the 1600s were a lot wilder than I would've thought.
And what WAS truly "sexy" in the 16th and 17th centuries? Dark, fake patches on your skin. According to Collectors Weekly, ladies of the French aristocracy would have worn small patches, or "flies", as they were called (because they looked like small insects) These face patches were supposed to draw your attention to certain parts of your face. They could be round or they could be in the shape of stars or crescent moons. And - like the following video will explain - those fancy wigs the ladies wore? Stayed on with the help of a paste made of pig's fat. So, this Halloween, the historically accurate Marie Antoinette will be handing out slices of bacon.
Take a look: