Foundation garments that will help you look your best

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foun2It did start off as a necessity, really, the need for shaping underwear was overwhelming and the idea initially was not to enhance features, like the push-up bra would do, but to simply provide halt for natural curvature of women. The most popular such shapewear is not, as you may think, the corset, but the brassiere, or nowadays popularly known by the shorter version of the word, the bra. Yes, a bra is actually shaping underwear, which in recent times, not to say a few centuries already, became an outright dress code, something that obliges a woman to comply to the social norms as directed by self-proclaimed moral leaders, not necessarily of religious origin.

Nevertheless, many women really need a certain re-assurance that is provided by such foundation garments, without really getting into the whole niche of sexual enticement for men, who will always be interested in anything that goes on beyond the unrestrained visual access of the female appearance, or rather, what does the lady actually wear underneath her outfit. There the whole fun starts, to be honest, because most of the shapewear for women, despite doing the exact thing they are named after – shape the visual appearance of a woman, is actually enhancing the impression on the male world. Clearly speaking, men are much more likely to enjoy such shapewear, not really wearing them – although there is a widespread use of shapewear in the transsexual community –but on their female companions, love interests, partners, wives, lovers, girlfriends, even ending in the staggering realization that most shapewear – if you exclude common and necessary undergarments such as regular panties and the bra – are purchased by men for their significant other.

To take this discussion even further, the popularity of Victoria’s Secret and Frederick’s of Hollywood and Maidenform, just to name a few, is mostly related to the garter belts and girdles, but also to the sexy underwear, all of the above shapewear, which is being offered with an undisguised sexual undertone.

To essentially glance at the history of shapewear, it is interesting to note that support garments for female breasts have apparently been known about already in Ancient Greece. Actually during the Bronze Age already, the Minoan civilization already noted the use of bra-like garments, some depictions have been preserved, but mostly show athletes in such shapewear. There is a fresco, which was discovered in the remains of Pompeii, portraying a young woman wearing a band, essentially being a simple version of a brassiere. Archaeologists have discovered pretty similar garments to the modern brassiere in clothes fragments dating back to the Fifteenth Century.

Corsets, on the other hand, became popular in Europe during the 16th Century, when it was decreed that people cannot be in court attendance with a thick waist. It just went viral from then on, to use a completely inappropriate modern word. The historical data in regards to corsets seems to go as far back as early Crete, with remnants of an image depicting a woman wearing a form of outer-wear bracing garment very similar to the corset. The French word “corset” has been traced back to the early 14th Century, but it was described literally as “a kind of laced bodice”.

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