What do people think if I wear a corset to work? In the past few months, I have thought of this idea many times, because it took me hours to obsessively look through the pages of the old-fashioned cinchers on eBay and Etsy to find the perfect one. Can I pull this with my jeans? How about a skirt? Does it make me uncomfortable? Am I looking too sloppy?
The last part may sound like a joke, but in our lives, when women raise their fists and shout “I am,” I must admit that I am increasingly worried about how I behave in a professional environment. Put on a tight-fitting, chest-reinforced top, I will be labeled as a woman who has not liberated or struggled because I look like a milkmaid or Marie Antoinette? In an era when every little thing is politicized and eventually becomes polarized, a simple fashion choice can lead to a rigorous review, which, in my opinion, is self-doubt.
Despite my wearing and a slight nervous pause, I was still tied. In my opinion, they are beautiful, wearable objects of desire, especially those that borrowed them directly from the 19th century. At that time, the underwear of the corset was designed to shape a woman’s body and give her an hourglass outline, which can reach 17 inches in the middle. (Look, almost no breath, Scarlett O’Hara grabbed a bedpost and actively in Gone With the Wind tied to her bodice).
Beyond the waist trainer, we saw celebrity Instagram accounts on many lists, the days of corsets as a pain mechanism in the rearview mirror, or at least they should. When I was buying a corset, I tried to think about this fact, and I also look forward to the strong and powerful rise of Spanx over the past decade. Every woman can enjoy a good pair of Spanx. Underwear brings us together, lifting and tightening all the loose parts.
The corset can do the same thing, especially considering that they are no longer just worn under the dress. As Vogue’s fashion news director Chioma Nnadi said, “I think if they don’t usually wear a lot of fitted clothes, then all women want to have a waist feeling. The corset can give strength in this way.
“They are also versatile, because Vogue’s contributing editor Lynn Yaeger pointed this out earlier this year when we saw corsets and corsets on the spring track of Alexander McQueen, Mugler and Thom Browne. Essentially, you don’t have to look like Dita Von Teese hanging out in a huge martini glass. The corset can be worn on a prairie dress and even a loosely tailored men’s button.
I am wearing a corset at the office, at the work party, and at dinner with my parents and friends. Although some people (my father) are skeptical, the overall response is generally positive. My mom and my girlfriend especially liked the light blue floral print zip corset I bought from designer LuQi Yu and her brand Nφdress. In turn, I began to appreciate the freedom that corsets actually provide for women. I am not Scarlett Hala, I hope to catch the attention of Ashley Wilkes. Wearing a corset in 2018 is to stand up and show off in a proud way, even to some extent to equip a few everyday aversive women.