The Evolution Of Corset Tops
Corset tops are fitting and accentuate the curves of the upper body. The corset tugs in the stomach area and shapes it according to the body size. The fit tends to squeeze the waist and uphold the breasts of women. History shows that women tend to buy smaller size corsets only to leave a gap in the tie backs to make up for the extra inches necessary to actually fit in the top. Generally a corset would reduce a figure between one to two inches creating an ideal hourglass figure for many women.
A look back at the earliest corset tops
The history of the corset is quite intriguing. The earliest of corset tops were named “payre of the body” that were worn together with a farthingale that supported skirts in a perfect cone structure. In time the “payre of the body’s” were called “stays” turning the upper body into a matching cone. The stay became less of a waist cincher and more of a push up tool for the breasts to make them flow over the top of the corset.
By mid 16th century corsets were a common garment for many women. They were constructed of several layers of linen that were lined with shafts in a pocket of the front of the corset to flatten the front. This form of corset lasted through 1860. Following the era of the stiff corset, the garment was made more comfortable and focused on posture and covering the back area of the legs and rear. The corset tops in this time focused on giving a woman the “V” shape and standing straight with the shoulders back.
In the Victorian era corset tops donned spiral steel stays to adhere to the body shape. Doctors became concerned with the unhealthy affects of wearing the corset constantly including indigestion and constipation. Some speculation was also provided in regards to negative effects of wearing corsets while pregnant. In the meantime the role of a woman changed and women became more involved in the working class.
From corset tops to girdles
Fast forwarding to World War One, women were limited in buying corsets to save metal. This action unbelievably freed up 28,000 tons of metal. Enough metal to build two battleships. Slowly corset tops lost popularity with time and body hugging garments became more commonly known as girdles. Girdles required less steel in their making and were much more comfortable for wear. Girdles focused more to slim the hips of a woman rather than striving for the hourglass figure. In the 1940’s corsets were popularized once again and named “Merry Widows.”
Presently corset tops remain popular and are often considered to be very sensual garments. Corsets are now worn as a more recreational garment and have even been associated with fetishes. Regardless of the nature, corsets still remain a garment that adds to the desire of an hourglass figure that women seek to accentuate the upper body. There are various styles and color options to fit pretty much any desire. Women proudly wear corsets without the mindset that they are undergarments and are often worn in plain view or to add sultriness to any outfit.
Now corset tops are firm favorites with many women