The sexy corset gave definition and lineage to a woman’s figure but just how comfortable where they to wear? Pre-century Basques were functional items and not designed to tickle the senses. Interestingly enough, they were excruciatingly painful to wear and women were expected to be encased in these articles day and night, seven days a week and not just a couple of hours when they wanted to engage intimately with their partners. Similarly, seamed stockings and suspenders were not produced for entertainment purposes. Tights were not invented until the 19th century so stockings needed a support system, hence suspenders.
It’s interesting to note that what we now refer to as sexy lingerie was anything but in olden times. Items of clothing that appear in well-known lingerie lines like corsets, suspenders and seamed stockings were initially viewed as instruments of torture. These restrictive garments were primarily created to enhance and slim line a woman’s figure. Throughout the centuries, fashion trends dictated what type of undergarments women wore. In the case of the traditional corset, it served a dual purpose. The first was to reduce the appearance of the waist line, the second was to contain extra weight inside.
The lingerie industry today
The lingerie trade today is one of the largest industries making a profit that’s hard to beat. This competitive marketplace is ever increasing and expanding as retail outlets and manufactures and associated companies vie for new clientèle. While there has always been a secret demand for more sexy lingerie, the arrival of superstores with mass-produced and affordable underwear like Ann Summers has made attractive underwear accessible on the high street and beyond. Somehow, the taboo was taken out of purchasing luxury lingerie.
Today, there are millions of stores worldwide who stock large lines of designer gear and it’s no longer frowned upon to shop openly for quality under clothing that both appeals to the sexual nature and offers comfort to those who wish to wear it. This billion pound industry isn’t set to go out of business as new trends emerge every day.