There are certain fashion trends that are timeless, like crisp, corset, fitted Oxford blouses; classic, black trousers; and the quintessential LBD. Then there are trends we hope never to see again, like mod, babydoll dresses (what are you, five?); leg warmers (why?); Hammer pants (because just what you need is a ridiculously roomy crotch); popcorn tees (one size does not fit all); and acid-washed, neon-splatter-paint jeans (…shudder…).
Where do corsets fall on this spectrum? They’ve gone in and out of fashion for centuries, and there are few garments more socially controversial. There have been times when women saw corsetry as nothing more than a patriarchal means of oppression and times when women bucked social sensibilities by wearing them out of the boudoir and into public view. How does this classic shapewear measure up in this day and age?
There’s just no denying that corsets are enjoying yet another revival, and these days women are using them for all the right reasons – not only to gain control of their bodies but as a means of female empowerment. If you’re interested in transforming your body and looking and feeling fantastic in the process, there are a few things you should know about the comeback in corsets of late.