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Are corsets comfortable?

When one thinks of Corsets, the first question which runs through the mind of many is “will it be comfortable”.  While many desire the hourglass figure, they do not like to feel uncomfortable or hinder day to day tasks. It is our own errors which make corsets uncomfortable, such as wearing corsets made out of fabrics that do not breathe and wrong size.

The best corset for each individual persons figure should fit perfectly at the hips and ribs. Gentle pressure should only be on the waist area with no constraints on breathing. To ensure maximum comfort, on the first few days it should not be tied too tightly. Don’t lace too quickly or too hard. The garment should naturally reshape to fit your figure. In short a good fitting corset should not be a pain, unless we make it painful because of our impatience or selection of a wrong size.

To ensure maximum comfort always remember to lace down bit less that you think you can tolerate, so that you will continue to feel comfortable throughout the daily and look forward to wearing it the next day. If wearing the corsets frequently use powder around the torso to avoid any skin irritations.

Fabrics such as cotton or silk are considered the best as it allows the body to breathe. These materials should at-least be used for the areas touching the skin directly.

Another key point to remember is that the weight of the corset has a direct impact regarding the comfort of the corset for the wearer.  The more heavily the corset is prepared, the more comfortable it will be. The logic behind this lies on the support given the figure and specially the bust. The larger the size of the corsets, more bones it will require – leading to the weight of the corset. Un-firm fabrics do not provide this much required support which leads to comfort and also does not give a smooth finish.

Few other key points are to go for corsets with bone casing externally – away from the skin. Under busks also helps to aid in the progressive stiffening.

If these instructions are followed during purchasing and wearing, the wearer cannot go wrong or fail in its purpose and comfort.

Evolving trend of Corsets

Fashion statement as people refer to have changed in all walks of life. From little children to adults, men and women, clothes and accessory use is not the same as it used to be 20, 10 or even 5 years back. This change is specifically visible in ladies. Fashion designers, who are much aware of the requirements of the target market, mainly focus on women and their requirements. They understand that women are more specific of what they wear to which occasion more than men. They also understand that women are more likely to try new designs and vivid colour combinations than men.

Fashion designers are not afraid to be daring with the use of corsets in the modern wardrobe. Where in the early years corsets were mainly used as undergarments, now they are part of the outer garment. Made from more comfortable materials and with less restriction, corsets are welcomed back as a beautiful fashion statement.

The Victorian era is back with the Brocade corsets re-introduced to today’s women. This has brought back to focus designs to give a toned and slim structure for women. These brocade corsets are widely in use in wedding gowns, which adds to the beauty and self confidence of the brides on the big day.

Designer brocade corsets are also introduced as a must have for women as evening dresses to be worn for parties and gatherings.

Understanding the needs of women, many designers strive to introduce new fashion statement with the use of corsets enabling women to be more confident in public gatherings while being fashion conscious. With a variety of corset dresses now in the market, the choices are endless for women who seek perfection and individuality.

The evolving trends of corsets are widely available for the public to purchase through various showrooms and through online stores. The number of visitors to these stores and the quantity of corset dresses being sold is a positive indication of the demand in increase for new corset dresses.

The compulsory requirement for corsets in the past may not return, but the availability of the new designs in the present times generates the new requirement for these new ladies dresses.

History of Corsets

As any other material thing in this world, the history of corsets goes a long way back and is a mark of the change human beings make through day to day innovation. While the main purpose of corsets remains to be enhancing the figure in females, the methods and extent have evolved over and over again.

The earliest corsets in the 16th century focussed on the flatness of the body and not on the waist size. The corsets were made of stiffened linen with a pocket in front, into which wooden busks or shafts were inserted. The corsets were worn with a farthingale that was used to hold the skirt stiff in the shape of a cone. By the mid 16th century, corsets became a commonly worn garment of women which survived in this model approximately till the year 1860.

By the 18th century the purpose of wearing corsets evolved to shaping the breasts and to improve the posture by tightening the midriff and supporting the back. The shoulder were forced down and back and a very slight narrowing of the waist. This was to create a ‘V’ shaped torso. Corsets remained an undergarment and were considerably comfortable to wear. There were no restrictions to breathing or carrying about day to day work. The restriction to bending from the waist was also considered a plus point as it protects the women’s back by making the women lift any items by bending with the legs.

In the late 18th to early 19th centuries the corset was mainly used as an undergarment to support the breasts, while temporarily thinning the torso.

The period of transition to the Victorian corsets was when the corsets were remade to serve both purposes of sliming the waist and supporting the breast more efficiently. The shape of the corset also evolved from the straight front to bring out the hour glass figure.

With many medical findings in the late 19th century, that tight lacing is injurious to health; women who used tight lacing were labelled as slaves to fashion.

From the Edwardian corset to the post Edwardian period, the skirt length increased from waist to ankle. This made the position of the hip changes and showed the waist wider and higher. This was the most uncomfortable corset type in the history.

World War 1 led to a fast decline of metal corsets as metal was required for weapon production. Girdles and brassieres came into wider use. Corsets gradually fell in popularity by late 1910s.

Even today while body shaping under garments are widely marketed, tight lasing and body shaping corsets have faded away from its vast use in history. Today corsets are mainly seen in tops and dresses as part of the garment itself and not as a special undergarment.

Special types of corsets

Corsets have come a long way from its basic design in the past which served only for the purpose of bringing out a shapely figure in women. Besides this aesthetic purpose, corsets have proved its usefulness to serve specific medical requirements. Even the corsets for beauty purpose have evolved from the basic Elizabethan corsets.

The Elizabethan corsets main purpose was to restructure the body to a cylindrical shape. Main materials used were Iron or linen shafts where metal or wooden can be inserted.

The 18th century corsets while enhancing the figure as in the Elizabethan corsets it was also designed to support the body.  These corsets were not designed to alter the body shape permanently but temporary gives a boost to the existing body shape.

In contrast to the 18th century corsets, Victorian corsets were designed that by wearing these regularly, that the body will reshape accordingly through a period of time. The hour glass figure was much preferred during the pre civil war period. Fortunately near the end of the 19th century, this fashion craze had faded off and corsets were worn much looser, to give a much gentle support to boost the figure.

Edwardian corsets were the extreme of the Victorian corsets. This was specifically designed to change the shape of the body, not enhance it.  This special corset had a stiff front, which causes the stomach area to flatten to a straight line. It also makes the hips protrude. This makes the S curse corsets create the S shaped figure desired by many in the early 1900s.

The corsets use for medical requirements were identified as a support to the back and for reducing back pain. People with curved spines are still recommended to wear medical corsets, but they are not adviced to use them for treatment for a long time as the back muscles could get used to the support from corsets and get weaker.

Modern corsets are a mixture of all the earlier special designs. Now corsets are mainly worn as just another shirts or top, which have been designed to include a body shaping waist panel. Only difference being that there are no tight restrictions to alter the body making it more comfortable to the wearer to carry out any activities as desired.

Corsets: Then and Now

Corsets have had a pretty gruesome reputation through the ages. With gentle ladies passing out from reduced lung capacity all the way to havoc caused by the occasional failure of boned supporting, the corset has managed to survive the many claims of medical complications. To this day, corsets are the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to the discussion of bridal undergarments and silhouette slimming accessories.

The corset started out as an absolute necessity for proper ladies’ clothing sometime back in the 1500’s. Since then, it has been on the receiving end of many raves from the fashion conscious and ranting from the health conscious. Nowadays, the corset holds the position of an attractive addition to a party outfit as well as the focal point of ninety percent of all supernaturally inspired Halloween costumes.

In its olden forms, the corset managed to cause all sorts of medical conditions in women who wore them constantly. Since the unnaturally tiny waist has long gone out of fashion, corsets that you see in stores nowadays are designed to merely provide a more toned look and have managed to attain outerwear status. The popularity of starts such as Lady Gaga and Amy Lee who have managed to integrate corsets in to their outfits has made a remarkable effect on the fashion decisions of the general public. Nowadays it is not uncommon to see twenty something ladies stepping out in corsets classily paired with pants and shirts for day time wear and pairing them with skirts and jackets for evening outfits. We can officially say that the corset has attained the status of an attractive garment with plenty of versatility.

It is quite amazing how a single garment has managed to achieve so much negativity and still manage a great deal of appeal five centuries after its inception. Today, the corset is something that can visually take off a few pounds without creating health complications later on.  With the innovative thinking of celebrity stylists and fashion designers, the corset manages to create waves in the fashion world every now and then. But, it never truly goes out of fashion.

Goth with a Touch of Colour

Tired of pale pinks, sunny yellows and baby blues? The Goth just might be the way to go. There was a time when dressing Goth used to be all about black, black and more black. But, you don’t have to look like a piece of coal or be classified as someone who is trying too hard to stand out when you are trying out a bit of Goth fashion. In reality, wearing all black all the time can get kind of boring after a while. To avoid being nauseous at the sight of your all black wardrobe, there are a few tips and tricks.

Nowadays, going all Goth is not entirely attractive. Unless you have a strong aversion to all latest trends, Goth can be combined to several different styles. For instance, you can easily combine elements of Goth with the bohemian trends or the some very contrasting girly pieces from the racks to create an interesting looks. Sceptical? Think different and out of the box and you will turn heads with every step you take. Some of the main elements of Goth fashion include corsets, lace up boots and plenty of eye liner. You can easily adapt these pieces and create looks that are unique and appropriate.

When it comes to dressing up in corsets for daytime or night time outer wear, you need to be extra careful as not to make the look exclude the wrong message. This is where jackets, shirts and tank tops come in to the picture. Layering is a big part of Goth culture and if you have an eye for locating complimentary colours, you can match some creative patterned colours with black to create a subtle effect. Although many people lean towards red and white  as perfect complimentary colours to black, colours such as champagne, grey, deep blue and green are also able to create interesting combinations and above all, blending in to each other to create a unified effect.

Next up is the makeup. Rather than pairing your carefully put together outfit with extreme black make up, try your best to go for a more smoky look with emphasis on either your eyes or lips (unless you’re planning to go Hollywood glamour each and every day). The effect of smoky eyes and neutral lips is quite striking and works well for many faces.

Last but not least, dressing Goth doesn’t have to be about hiding your good attributes. With the limited colour palette as well as the support of corsets and some lovely dark shading, you can bring out your best without striking as a conformist.