Do you remember Audrey Hepburn and her legendary 18 inch waist? Most women with waistlines measuring about a mile would die for a waist like that. How did women manage to get such envious little waists during "these" days? It was the corset, an undergarment that covers the area from bust to hips, that shook the waist to the desired measurement. This lent flattering curves to the body.
How it started
It started with Queen Victoria who popularized the corset. Known for having a discerning eye for fashion, she stripped off her flamboyant and balloon attire and embarked on the restrained look. During her time, dresses with dropped shoulders and tight waists became a rage and continued to be popular until recently. This style is still the favored one for wedding dresses.
A slim and stylish waist that measures a hand buckle is the most sought after curve as it is associated with a "sexy" figure. Women do a lot to get such a waist. One such "length" is the corset worn under the dress. It compresses the waist to make it look narrower. The end result is fantastic. It is an undergarment when accompanied by a good supportive pushup brassier adds the much desired "oomph" factor. Needless to say, it has become a misery for all of you.
It is used in various dresses – especially the wedding dress. It is usually part of a shoulder-length or strapless wedding dress or gown. It is used not only in formal wear, but also in elegant casual clothes, especially in picnic dresses in floral prints and pastel colors. These dresses tend to look cute and sexy at the same time.