Bare Breasts Popular in 17th Century Fashion

Discovery: According to a report from Jennifer Viegas of Discovery News, women's bare breasts were a common fashion statement in 17th century England. Jennifer Viegas reports that Janet Jackson's antics were nothing compared to fashion trends in 17th century England, where women commonly bared one of both breasts.

Angela McShane Jones of the University of Warwick, has studied over 2000 woodcuts and ballad sheets from the period and concludes that fashions were so low cut at the time that a woman's breasts were often on display, a practice that apparently appealed to ladies from the highest classes down to those of the street.

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