So There’s Been A Health Warning Issued Over Some Of Your Favourite Fashion Items

It’s a fashion emergency. Apparently.

So it’s not exactly new that skinny jeans can be bad for your, ahem, nether regions, and we all know high heels aren’t exactly great for your back, but now the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has taken it one step further and listed a number of fashion items that could be putting your health at risk.

According to a survey by the BCA skinny jeans put a strain on your back because they restrict movement and force other muscles to strain to compensate.

“If they’re incredibly tight, you won’t be able to walk as you normally would,” chiropractor Rishi Loatey told The Independent.

“You’ve got a natural gait, or stride, that you would take, and the knee, hip and lower back all move to minimise the pressure coming up through the joints. However, if one of those areas isn’t moving as it should be, it’s going to cause more pressure elsewhere.”

Olivia Palermo rocking skinny jeans, high-heels AND over-sized sleeves. Photo: Getty

Of the 2000 women surveyed, 73 per cent reported back pain, and 28 per cent said they were aware that clothing can affect their posture, but did not take this into account when getting dressed.

But it’s not just your skinny jeans, the study also cited hoods, cross-body bags, statement necklaces, asymmetrical hemlines and bell sleeves among the culprits.

“New trends such as asymmetric hemlines, oversized sleeves and hoods and heavy jewellery can also create problems,” BCA chiropractor Tim Hutchful tells News Corp.  

Jennifer Hawkins daring to rock an asymetrical hemline. Photo: Getty

“Large hoods can mean you strain your neck in order to see, and asymmetric hemlines, especially if tight-fitting, can restrict your movement and cause you to walk differently,” he added.

“Oversized sleeves can cause you to hold your arms in a different or unusual way, so once again your body will be compensating for your fashion choices.”

Gigi Hadid risking neck strain in a fur hood. Photo: Getty

So what does Hutchful suggest us fashionistas do with said warnings? Well it’s all about enjoying your fashion in moderation, and limiting your “restrictive” items throughout the week.

So we’ll take that as: doctor told me I need to go shopping!

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