Today I wanted to post on a little something fun! This is a topic I know you haven’t read on my blog site yet and figured, what the hey! Today’s topic…Corsets!
For many, many centuries corsets have been around. Often we like to claim that corsetry began in the 1800’s but the real truth is that they’ve been around for much longer than that. Women have been trying to restrain, support, and enhance their bodies for years. In early Rome we can find metal halters, in Greece we find belted dresses, and later in the medieval ages we begin to truly notice corsets.
The original corsets were designed to bind the breasts. It allowed for a modest look and they were made stiff by glue. Through the years their appearance has changed drastically. The medieval style was quite conical. Unlike the sweetheart, push-up effect we seek out today, these were designed to restrain and not exaggerate. In those days such things would have been quite the outrage! Some such designs we could refer to as ‘stays’.
As the years pressed on history would see the Edwardian corset begin to alter in form to a more hourglass shape. It fitted to the woman’s curvy body and soon became the “ideal” shape for a lady. Dresses were made to accentuate such shape and the corset added to the style. Though, they were no longer accepted as outer garments. The dress was the main display complementing the lady’s figure.
The popularity of such garments became standard among women. Lower-class women would tie themselves in while the upper-class would have maids cinch them in. The Victorian era made corsets all the rage where even queens would demand the women have a specific waist size throughout the kingdom.
It remained so until the early 1900’s. In 1914 women’s fashion took a major hit. With World War I the military needed metal, and where do you find metal? In corsets! So the binding garments were exchanged for lesser garments. The women also began to work so they needed to be able to MOVE. Something they couldn’t do as well in a corset.
Subsequently, bras became vastly popular!
Since then it would seem culture is beginning to change once again. Where corsets had been less popular, mainly existing as lingerie, they seem to be making a comeback. While some women have kept up with the restraint, many women had turned their noses up over such a thing. Today we see more and more ladies venturing back out to find a corset. Having been raised in modern day they are no longer worried with clothing “ideals”. Not wearing white after labor day used to seem a fashion faux pas, today such rules have faded. In some areas more than others, and for those desiring corsets it was just the push we needed!
Today’s corsets come in a variety of colors and styles; everything from the costume corset to the waist training style – there’s something for everyone. whether you want to stealthily wear one under a blouse or dress, or you want to let it’s amazing design capture the eye of onlookers, the choice is yours!
Lastly, a word of caution. Corsets are amazing and bring with them a long and assorted history. and while that’s wonderful, I also want to advise doing your research prior to purchasing a corset for any reason. If you just want to dress up for a cosplay go a little cheaper, for a romantic evening maybe something a little less fancy, but if you’re in it for the long haul then pay close attention to where you are buying from. Corsets can be made cheaply, and by that I mean they have little to no structure or support. A good quality corset will have steel spiral supports and plenty of flexibility. Poorly made ones contain plastic or other such boning that can easily warp and cause the wearer discomfort. Good corsets should NEVER hurt . If so you need to remove the garment . Corsets, like the ones I’ve found from Orchard Corset are sturdy, fashionable, and most of all COMFORTABLE! With proper wear they conform to your body, not the other way around. Also, a custom made corset may be a bit more pricy but you don’t want to mess up your beautiful body!
I LOVE the crazy things and can do most any daily activity in them. Even running! They have been great for back support and proper posture. I encourage anyone curious to try one out and see how you fare. So long as you find a reputable source, a corset can be an excellent investment!
Have a good one!