The Dangers of Wearing Tight Clothes. As women, the clothes we believe to be the sexiest are often the tightest. For this reason, we squeeze into skinny jeans, struggle to pull the cloth all the way up to our waist where we will then have to suck in our belly to get the button to close. As soon as we get home at the end of the day, we strip off these restrictive garments and change into sweatpants, finally able to breathe again, skin covered in indented lines from the clothes.
For most women, this is simply seen as the way of life. Many women accept that beauty is pain, but we don’t always consider how that pain could be negatively impacting our health. From unfriendly chemicals in our makeup to back problems caused by high heels, many of our beauty rituals are doing more harm to our bodies than we think, and tight clothes are no exception.
As we put on our constrictive clothing, we might think that the worst thing about it is how uncomfortable we will be throughout the day, but the truth is that it can have negative consequences on our health.
Tight clothes can cause problems for your skin by not letting it breathe, especially for those with skin allergies. The cloth can act as an irritant by rubbing up on the sensitive skin. Clothing dye and leftover chemicals from detergent can further irritate or be triggers to skin allergies such as eczema.
Acid reflux is a condition that causes stomach acid to go up into your throat. It can cause mild to severe symptoms up to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is chronic reflux issues. These symptoms can range from heartburn and regurgitation to asthma, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
While wearing tight clothes won’t trigger chronic reflux issues, it can trigger occasional acid reflux. If pants are tight enough, they can push the stomach acids up into the esophagus and can cause the symptoms and problems associated with acid reflux.
Of course, the worst danger to your health from wearing tight clothes is that it can interfere with your circulation. Bras, tight tops and bottoms, and belts that are on too tight can multiply your risk of serious health problems caused by poor circulation.
Other risk factors include sitting for long periods of time, getting older, and obesity, and can result in an increased likelihood of Deep Vein Thrombosis, or blood clots. Women affected by any of these problems should be extra careful not to wear tight clothes that will further hinder circulation.
It’s funny that most of us have, at least at one point in our lives, hesitated leaving the house in sweats, or “comfy clothes.” When we do, it’s usually with the knowledge that others might judge us. While many of us don’t care — and shouldn’t care — what others think at the grocery store or bank, we still try to put on something “decent” before leaving the house.
However, this usually means trading in comfy, loose-fitting clothes for restrictive ones. Women are raised to be in the habit of looking fashionable everywhere they go, even when participating in casual or physical activities. One woman in Australia landed in the hospital after helping a family member move while wearing skinny jeans. The circulation interference coupled with the heat and physical exertion caused her legs to go numb until she collapsed on the ground.
Though this is just one instance, it shows just how dangerous it can be to wear clothes that are too tight. Even if you don’t end up needing emergency services, the damage to your circulation can result in health issues down the road, such as blood clots and heart disease.
A great question to ask when you’re putting on tight clothes is why you are doing it. As we grow older, we outgrow our clothes, and it can feel frustrating when you don’t fit into the sizes you used to. However, we should take a moment and think about the fact that our clothes should fit our bodies and not the other way around.
The message that tight clothes send is that you are too big for them, but it should be your clothes that fit you, not your body that fits a size. Thinking that you need to wear tight clothes or putting off replacing your tight clothes with clothes that fits can be damaging to your self-esteem.
Wearing the right size for your current body, investing in loose-fitting clothes, and even going braless are great ways to optimize your wardrobe for your health.
Guest Post by Geo Sique