The Age of The Corset?
A little known fact ladies, the corset has been with us in various forms since circa 1600 BCE when a Cretan figurine appears with a representation of a corset as an outer garment, with breast exposed. Not really suitable in today's polite society.
As an under garment the corset was made popular in the 1500s in the French Court by Catherine de Medici. The ladies of the Court regarded the corset as "indespensible to the beauty of the female figure".
The corset has made numerous transitions in structure over the centuries, dictated by the changing trends in the desirable shape of womens bodies.
The hour glass figure with a small waist, which is the fashionable silhouette so sort after today, was first popular in the mid 1800's amongst Victorian society.
'Dress reformists in the late 1800's saw corsets as "A dangerous moral 'evil', promoting promiscuous views of female bodies".
In other words, exactly what we want to achieve today, a desirable and sexy body.
With the brief glimpse into the history of the corset now complete, we can now move forward to assess the corsetry of today.
Corsets or girdles (another evolution during the 1950's and 60's) are no longer viewed as "an instrument of female torture". They are designed and constructed with modern materials, of varying shapes and sizes to ensure that they have us all covered. Couldn't resist that one!
So what exactly is this amazing piece of female attire doing for us?
Not only is it smoothing out all those lumps and bumps we swear we are going to get rid of (in the not too distant future), it is giving us the smooth, curvaceous bodies we are always dreaming about. No more extra rolls around the midriff and stomach and a beautiful sculptured waist. Who wouldn't want this simple solution to a decades old problem.
Many women have embraced this garment and find it a delight to wear, but there are unfortunately those of us that still find them a little restrictive.
Do not despair, as there are many other alternatives out there to keep all that extra padding under control, to be discussed in my next blog.
Until then, please take a look at our selection of amazing corsets and other delightful female attire.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog about corsets and shapewear