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1966's Insane Wedding Gowns of the Future

Bridal gowns have come a long way since this video was made in 1966. But (thankfully) not nearly as far as the makers of these hypothetical wedding fashions of the future imagined.

Who doesn't love feathers? (Especially when said feathers are attached to tear-away skirts and removable sleeves?)

It's not entirely clear what is going on in this video, which comes from the newly-released archives of the Associated Press. It seems like some sort of test footage—there's no sound, the models remain mostly stagnant, and the occasional stray hand or production guy wanders through the shot.

While the whole video is worth a watch, if you only have time for the highlights, we broke it down into a few key looks. Since you almost certainly won't be wearing any of these to your wedding (sorry, anonymous designers from the '60s), we've included some suggestions for alternate uses:

1. For when you can't stop licking your stitches:

2. For when you're wooing Big Bird, but trying to be coy about it:

3. For when it rains but your outfit is fabulous:

4. For when you're storming the castle to save Princess Buttercup (but black just isn't your color):

5. For when you feel like hang-gliding into the party:

See? It's all still technically occasion-wear. We just took the liberty of redefining "occasion."

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These Super Realistic Ski Masks Let Your Inner Animal Come Out
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No matter how serious you are about your skiing performance, it doesn't hurt to have a sense of humor on the slopes. These convincing animal masks spotted by My Modern Met make it easy to have fun while tearing up the trails.

Each animal mask from the Canadian apparel company Beardo is printed with a photorealistic design of a different animal's face. Skiers can disguise themselves as a bear, dog, fox, orangutan, or even a grumpy-ish cat while keeping their skin warm. The only part of the face that stays exposed is around the eyes, but a pair of ski goggles allows wearers to disappear completely into their beastly persona.

The playful gear is practical as well. The stretchy polyester material is built to shield skin from wind and UV rays, while the soft fleece lining keeps faces feeling toasty.

Beardo's animal ski masks are available through their online store for $35. If you like to stay cozy in style, here are more products to keep you warm this winter.

Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.

Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.
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Animal ski mask.
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[h/t My Modern Met]

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Learn to Tie a Tie in Less Than 2 Minutes
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For most men—and Avril Lavigne-imitators—learning to tie a tie is an essential sartorial skill. Digg spotted this video showing how you can tie one the simple way, with a tabletop method that works just as well if you’re going to wear the tie yourself or if you're tying it together for someone else who doesn't share your skills.

The whole technique is definitely easier to master while watching the video below, but here's a short rundown: As laid out by the lifehack YouTube channel DaveHax, the method requires you to lay the tie out on a table, folded in half as if you're about to loop it around your neck.

With the back of the tie facing up, you loop over each end, then twist the thinner of the two loops around itself so it ends up looking like a mini-tie knot itself. You'll end up nestling the two loops together and snaking the thin tail of the tie through the whole thing. Then, essentially all you have to do is pull, and you can adjust the tie as you otherwise would to put it over your head.

Unfortunately, this won't teach you how to master the art of more complicated neckwear styles like the fancier Balthus knot or even a bow tie, but it's a pretty good start for those who have yet to figure out even the simplest tie fashions.

[h/t Digg]

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