10 Totally Bizarre Fashion Items


One way to avoid the dangerous rays of the sun is to stay indoors, another is to apply a healthy layer of sun cream and slap on a wide-brimmed hat. If you're in China, however, there is a third option – a "Face-Kini" complete with a body suit. The name describes a protective head mask that is being used along Shandong province's East China Sea coast by beach-goers who want to protect their skin from the sun.

The mask was invented around 2005, is now in mass production and on sale at swimwear stores along the coast. They are selling factory-made Face-Kinis for 15 to 25 yuan ($1.50 to to $4) each.

As an added benefit, Face-Kinis also extremely effective at repelling insects and jellyfish.

2Fake Braces

Some fashion trends are often hard to get. I mean, what would prompt otherwise normal teenagers to consider something as horrendous as braces to be fashion accessories? Well, for some kids in countries like Thailand, Indonesia and China, braces have become a huge teenage fashion statement.

As unfathomable as the trend sounds, there's actually a reason behind it – braces to Asian kids are a sign of wealth, status and style. Genuine orthodontic braces are quite expensive–a set in Bangkok would set you back about $1,200. So, all the kids want to wear what the rich kids are wearing.

Braces are also popular among young celebrities and youth icons like Indonesian heartthrob Andika Kangen and Thai pop singer Earn the Star. Many Thai and Indonesian websites display pictures of Gwen Stefani sporting braces back in the '90s. Apparently, she had recently confessed that her braces were a "fashion choice", and she's since become a hit with Asian kids.

So, what about the kids who don't really need braces, how do they keep up with the fashion trend? It's simple – fake braces. The market is flooded with a host of fakes that can be purchased for as low as $100. The best part of using them is that you don't need consent from a medical professional, just a visit the local beauty salon. If you're more DIY, you can purchase kits from stalls at local markets or even online. Not only do they come in a variety of colors, special designs like Hello Kitty, Mickey Mouse or plain flowers are also available.

3Pointy Boots

Mexican pointy boots, or Botas picudas mexicanas, are a style of fashionable pointed boots made with elongated toes that are – since 2009 – popular footwear for men in parts of Mexico as well as in the United States.

Young men have developed an obsession with the bold footwear with toes so long, they are curled up in a giant spiral. The boots are said to have originated in Matehuala in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí.

4Lensless Glasses

Lensless glasses are the latest fad in Hong Kong and several other Asian countries. It's common to find people sporting empty plastic frames in a variety of bright colors that match their outfit or their hair. It might confuse you as to why anyone who didn't have to wear glasses would want to, but they seem to have reasons of their own. According to popular radio host Chu Fun, the empty glasses are great because they match her outfits, but they are also practical. When she doesn't have time to put on makeup, Chu says, the lensless glasses are great to cover up dark circles. They also don't blind her by fogging, or get stuck to false eyelashes or mascara. Chu already has four pairs, in black, pink, red and purple.

5Sweater Pants

What's the hippest trend in ironic winter wear? Sweater pants, or if you prefer, swants. If you want swants you'll have to sacrifice your favorite sweater and follow Steven May's tutorial. You'll also have to sacrifice your sense of style and shut up that voice in your head that says, “Don't do this!”

6Faux Chin Pubes

I know a lot of guys who wished they could grow beards but couldn't, because it just wasn't in their genes. No they have another option – faux chin pubes.

These Propia Hige Japanese Fake Beards are one-touch facial hair sets that place wispy, sporadic hairs on the faces of men who have trouble growing even thin, sporadic hairs on their faces.

They're all in the color black, though, so you might have to pass if you're a blonde or a redhead.

7Live Pet Jewelry

Forget about carrying your dog in a purse. Dutch artist Cecilia Valentine has come up with a conceptual capsule collection of accessories that are simultaneously brilliant, charming and totally bizarre. Behold these two pieces from Valentine's series, "Fur is Alive" – a teeny-tiny birdcage headband that can house one teeny-tiny bird (probably not that fair to the bird to be honest) and one hollow necklace that you can put your pet mouse/hamster/hermit crab/rock in.

8Robotic Tail

It's common for animals to wag their tails uncontrollably when they get excited so, wouldn't it be great if humans could, too? Oh, wait, we don't have tails! Enter the Tailly, a robotic tail extension created by Shota Ishiwatari.

The Tailly knows when a person is excited by measuring their heart rate using sensors padded along the inside of its belt. Tailly wags when a person's heart rate increases and sags when their heart rate drops.

9Willy Warmers

Knitting fan Radmila Kus is making a fortune from the ultimate-in-luxury, crotchet work - made-to-measure bespoke willy-warmers. Kus has revived a centuries old tradition in Croatia's remote Mrkopalj mountain region where wives knitted protectors to help their husbands cope with the area's freezing weather.

Radmila started off by making slippers for tourists, but her willy warmers have turned out to be far more popular. When the orders started pouring in she just couldn't keep up with them, so she hired a small army of knitters. Radmilla also conducts 90-minute courses, showing participants how to make the warmers.

10Mosquito Net Pants

Wearable Mosquito Net Pants fit over your shorts and keep your legs protected from mosquito bites. Sure, you could always just wear regular pants, but then you won't get to show off those sexy stems. It's about finding that fine line between fashion and not scratching all your skin off.

The pants are made from fine 1.2-mm netting so they're comfortable and extremely breathable while denying access to mosquitoes and other pesky insects.