Remember Audrey Hepburn and her legendary 18 inch waist? Most women with waists measuring about a mile would die for a waist like that. How did women in “those” days manage to get such enviable small waists? It was the corset, an under garment covering the region from bust to the hips, that shackled the waistline to the desired measurement. This lent flattering curves to the body.
How it began
It began with Queen Victoria who popularizing the corset. Known to have a discerning eye for fashion, she did away with the flamboyant and ballooning outfits and ushered in the reticent look. During her time dresses with drooping shoulders and tight waists became a rage and continued to be popular until recent times. This style is still the favored one for wedding gowns.
The fashion rage
A slim and trim waist that measures a hand span is the most coveted curve as it is associated with a “sexy” figure. Women go to great lengths to acquire such a waist. One such “length” is the corset worn under the dress. It compresses the waist to make it look slimmer. The end result is stupendous. It is one undergarment when accompanied by a good supportive pushup brassier adds the much desired “oomph” factor. Needless to say it has become a fashion rage across all era.
It is used in various dresses – most notably the wedding gown. It is most often part of a shoulder less or strapless wedding gown or dress. It is used in not only formal wear, but in stylish casual clothes as well- especially the picnic dresses in floral prints and pastel shades. These dresses tend to look cute and sexy at the same time.