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A Basic History Of The Corsets
When you think of corsets, many people think of women as far back as the 16th century. Though the material of the corset has very much changed since that time, it is still a very popular piece of clothing for many women these days. Wearing a garment such as this helps a lady change her appearance in some cases dramatically as it helps to accomplish a slimmer appearance.
There are different types of garments available. Some are meant to emphasize the bust while others are intended to minimize the waist line thus giving a person an hourglass figure. Some ladies opt to wear them below the bust line while others prefer the look that is offered when they are worn at the bust line.
In the early years men where also said to have worn corsets to help reduce waist size since these very restricting garments worn continuously over time can help a person's waist size decrease naturally. Unlike today versions we see the garment in past required a lot of skills and practice since they were so tight to the body it would change a person's ability to move or breathe.
In the past this article of clothing was usually accompanied by a gown created out of either cotton or linen materials. These gowns worn underneath the clothes would help prevent the corset from becoming soiled or dirty from perspiration since at that time they were very challenging to keep clean because of the metal type clasps which would easily rust.
They are often constructed with a cloth or leather material which is then stiffened with any number of solid materials referred to as boning. You will find that the versions of today are much lighter weight though you still have the appearance of the older styles.
The material and look have changed greatly over the centuries. The first of their kind used to be made of materials reinforced with things such as whale bones, ivory, wood or metal which is why it made for such a challenge to wear and would require a person to build up a stamina to them. They would most often come together at the back with tight lacing that you would often need assistance to ensure it has a snug enough fit.
Though they are often thought of as something just to enhance appearance they are now often used in the medical field as a means of supporting the body following a number of medical procedures. Worn underneath the everyday clothing with materials that help reduce perspiration and eliminate toxins from the body as it heals itself.
For some folks another popular use is for sexual fetishes. Often those who enjoy consensual domination and submission activities find these articles of clothing quite appealing. Most often these costumes are worn in black or dark colors with sheer stockings as well as high-heel boots or shoes. Many believe that sporting a corset will enhance a female's domination over their partner when participating in activities such as this.