Did you know? Corsets may look like a new trending clothing, but it’s quite old in fact! Corsets have been used since the 16th Century, initially by nobility of that period.
It was made to mold women’s body, by projecting the breasts upwards and diminishing waist circumference. However, the kind of corset wore at that time was a serious health risk. They were so tight that they constricted the internal organs, and sometimes, causing hemorrhages and death.
At that time, the most common models had a conical shape, straps, and a shorter structure than the later corsets, famous for their hourglass waist. Since then, the corset has dominated Europe and has become an iconic symbol in the history of clothing.
Corsets and the feminine protagonism
Meanwhile considered as one of the most controversial pieces of clothing in the fashion history, corsets are also one of the biggest influencers of women and self-image, which shows how they have been totally reinterpreted.
Over time, the corset assumed different meanings: it began as a useful structure for women's posture and torso support when wearing very heavy dresses; later, it took on a political and moral symbology, but continued to be seen as an instrument of patriarchal society by the feminist movement and was thus denied.
Thereby, the corset has always been associated with fetishization and oppression. However, it is important to keep in mind that this fact came from the male perspective on the female figure. Let’s remember that it has never women’s fault - or the clothes they wear - and nowadays we understand this much more properly (even though there is still a long way for it).
In modern times, the piece has been rescued by the punk movement, and has even been part of the collections of designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, and Thierry Mugler. Also, not everyone remembers, but Madonna herself shone when wearing the iconic corset with a cone bra, redeeming the piece completely re-signified. This becomes a reflection in the fashion world of a position that women do not give up anymore: their body and their clothes, they know. And nobody else has anything to do with it.
Corset X Corselette
The fashion world is full of terms that deceive even most of fashionist experts! There are many similar nomenclatures, which can confuse us a bit, especially when it comes to women's fashion.
One of these terms is corset: there are many uncertainties as to what exactly a corset is and what the difference is between corset and corselette.
To maintain its structure, the Corset is made with fins applied in “channels” sewn into it, called boning channels. Fins have been made from many materials, such as wicker, reed or even whale cartilage. A few centuries later, the corset continues to be present in the feminine look, but this time it has gained other versions.
Manufactured with a more comfortable modeling than ever before, while still structured, it has internal rods that are now mostly made of stainless steel. Serve to give greater compression and to thin the waist. More resistant, it can be made with various types of textures. And body adjustment is usually done through bindings, where the ribbons are pulled so that they are snug to the body.
Although there were models of Corset very decorated with lace, ribbons, and different fabrics, it was considered the bra from earlier times. In other words, as an underwear piece. It was used under dresses and other clothing, not the other way around.
Worn daily by many women, just like any other outfit that fits the body, the Corset modeled the fattest part of the abdomen due to compression for long periods of time, just like a styling strap.
Now, an important tip: if you are interested in embarking on the Corsets market, pay attention to the modeling of each piece. As we mentioned, the Corset is a very structured piece that directly affects each user’s posture and silhouette. Be aware to the anatomical shapes to select pieces that helps posture in a healthy way.
It was from the corset that the other pieces that we will talk about in this content emerged.
The corselette has a structure inspired by the corset. However, a fundamental difference is that it is more used as underwear. In addition, it has plastic fins in a smaller quantity and elastic materials. Therefore, they are much simpler than the seductive and powerful corsets.
This adaptation was highlighted in the 50s, when the slim waist was the fashion silhouette. But neither women nor the fashion industry was holding an interest in Victorian-style Corsets. A modernization was needed to meet this market demand.
Although they also compress the abdomen, they are not as structured and resistant as corsets. And they are made with more fluid fabrics or lace, which also provide more comfort when wearing it.
This type of piece is common in the composition of lingerie sets with a more sensual style, and it can be found in sex shops. Corselettes, like Corsets, are elaborate pieces that have a lot of added value.
HOW TO WEAR CORSETS
If this is a daily use model, make sure you protect your skin before putting on the corset, this can be done by using a cotton tube with a bit of Lycra called a liner. The liner is made in the average length of an underbust and is sold by our brand in sizes S, M, L and XL, in beige color. The liner should be used a smaller number than the blouses so that when adjusting the corset over it not over folds of fabric.
- The entire process must be done in front of a mirror, so you can check if the adjustment is being done correctly in the necessary points.
- Before putting on the corset, open the back tie as far as possible, without untying the bottom knot.
- Place the open corset around the body and snap the front fasteners. To make this task easier, you can slightly tilt the busk (clasp) on the right side and place it on top of the pins. First fit the central fasteners and then go to the ends.
- Turn your back to the mirror. If you are using a back protector, place it correctly, stretching it across your back, before starting to adjust the corset.
- In the middle part of the back there are two links. Pull them out with your thumbs. It doesn't take a lot of effort. Grab the cord at the bottom of the link and pull it up.
- Wrap the cord in your hand for a firmer grip on the wrist and continue pulling until you adjust the bottom of the corset. Be careful not to squeeze the area too tightly to avoid trapping blood circulation.
- Now do the reverse process. Find the top of the link and pull it down. Keep pulling until the corset fits perfectly to the chest, without excesses.
- A tight corset on the chest can cause enormous discomfort, mark the skin more than a bra, and even make breathing difficult.
- Now turn your attention to the knot at your waist. The main adjustment is made after the first knot is made, pulling the cord to the sides tightly. This knot is the secret to the perfect fit of the corset.