The first modern brassiere to receive a patent was the one invented in 1913 by a New York socialite named Mary Phelps Jacob. At that time, the only acceptable undergarment for supporting the bust was a corset stiffened with whale-back bones.
After disappearing from prominent fashion circles for a brief period after the advent of the brassiere, designers and the fashion conscience have revived the trend of wearing a corset in recent years. Although most modern day designers are still inspired by the historical design, they are more attuned to meet the tailored demands of the new generation women.
Under bust or over bust corset
Corsets are worn to accentuate the curves of the body. A corset can help restore pride in your physical appearance by correcting the imperfections in your bust and hip areas. An over bust corset, that covers the body from the underarms up to the hips, is as fashionable as an under bust corset that sheaths the torso from below the breast down to the hips. When you stand in front of the mirror dressed in an under bust or over bust corset you will be in total awe of your sexy makeover.
Steel boned corsets
Corsets are designed to suppress the waistline to give the body an hourglass like shape. They acquire their stiffness from the built-in boning material. Steel boned are typically made of either nylon coated spring steel or galvanized spring steel. They can give the perfect support to your waist and are the best garments for improving the posture. Twelve flat steel bones are integrated in a cotton body to give the corset its stiff elegant form. A steel boned corset can be worn as outwear, evening-wear, undergarment or lingerie. You can tighten or loosen the strings at the back of the corset to improve comfort.
Plastic boned corsets
A corset with plastic boning should be the preferred choice of women who would love to replace their sexy lingerie with a corset. They are ideally suited for women who are reluctant to carry the weight of heavier steel boned corset and want to move their body freely. The flexible plastic bones of the corset will hardly alter the shape of your waist. They are usually cheaper than the steel boned.