You don’t always need to have a sado-masochistic streak to wear a blue corset and get covered in lace. Despite the sexual connotation that precedes a corset’s reputation, it is nothing but a support garment that trains the torso into a fashionable figure.
Although both men and women are known to wear corsets, the garment is traditionally worn by women to slim the waist and exaggerate the hips and bust. It also fills the purpose of correcting your posture by not allowing you to slouch.
Women have long been subjected to unrealistic beauty standards and our self-esteem is often tied down to our appearances. Several women over the years chose to wear uncomfortable corsets and high heels to accentuate their figure and increase their appeal.
History of Corsets
The first known usage of the modern corset dates back to the early 16th century when the queen of France, Catherine De Medici started wearing them.
Although the blue corset was considered shocking in those times, its popularity peaked in the Victorian era. More and more women began wearing them to mimic the hourglass figure that men seemed to find desirable.
In the late 20th century, the fashion industry used the term “corset” to refer to tops which feature lacing or boning to give the same hourglass appearance, but are not nearly as uncomfortable.
Today, corsets are flaunted by celebrities on red carpets, weddings, proms and other formal events. Modern corsets come with beads, rhinestones, studs, chains and spikes that make them raunchier and more appealing.
The 5 Main Types of Corsets
Underbust corsets do not support the breasts and start from under the breasts. These fashion garments are best suited for beginner corset wearers because they are great for posture and provide back support just like overbusts.
Blue underbust corsets are versatile and will fit a white frilly shirt, casual tank top or a printed t-shirt equally well.
The most popular types of underbust corsets include: longline, cincher, corsets with wide straps, bodice and waspie. You can always try other more daring styles of corsets later!
Blue overbust corsets lift up the breasts and end above the hips. They are great for posture and can be worn as casual wear or saved for special occasions. Add a pair of high heels to the mix and you are bound to turn heads wherever you go!
The most popular types of overbust corsets include cupped corsets and lingerie corsets.
Flat-front corsets are the modern version of a Victorian corset with a straight neckline. For women with smaller breasts, these corsets can create an illusion of a large bust. With enough padding, it can give you a desirable and symmetrical look.
Sweetheart neckline corsets are mainly worn for formal events and weddings. It is a classic overbust that accentuates the curves and flatteringly defines the waist.
These corsets are recommended for women with average build and bust who want to have a pretty hourglass figure.
A bustier is a bra and corset combo that pushes up the breasts and gently shapes the waist. They are not exactly corsets because they don’t have the hourglass “cinch” in the waist that characterises corsets.
A bustier is a provocative piece of clothing that comes with details such as lace and bows and is sometimes worn with a G-string or jeans for an edgy modern look.
Corsets vary in style, materials, shapes, fit, colours and patterns.
Popular corset materials include satin, breathable mesh materials, cotton, black leather and even durable polyester blends like Brocade.
There is a right corset for every figure and occasion. We hope that this article has taught you everything you need to know about the different corset styles and shapes available to you.
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