Fashion and Lingerie – The Present and Past

Lingerie is an integral part of every women’s wardrobe. Whether an undergarment, sexy attire, a fashion statement, or the answer to a comfortable night’s sleep, sexy and intimate lingerie is a part of feminine history, present and past.

Today, lingerie is part of every women’s attire, subtle or sexy. The choice is dependent upon her personality and purpose. Whether she wants to advertise her feminine attributes or simply have adequately supportive undergarments, department stores are filled with everyday generic lingerie. However, if a woman really wants to feel ultimately sexy and unique, she will choose to shop in stores totally dedicated to specialized lingerie and accessories.

Presently, to have lingerie, or not to have lingerie, is a personal choice. However, in the past, what a woman wears is much more than fashion. A lady’s social status depends on how she presents herself. For instance, in the feudal days, peasant women are not allowed to wear high heeled shoes. In fact, doing so is a criminal offense, not simply a blunder of social status.

In contrast, the social elite proudly wear high heels. Even some men don heeled shoes. Supposedly, in an effort to outdo each other, the aristocracy take great pains to have the most unique and personal heeled shoes created. While researching the subject, a picture is displayed of a woman with approximately two-foot heels. In all seriousness, the heels are so high she has to walk with canes in order to maintain balance. In addition, servants walk on either side of the woman to keep her steady and prevent a fall.

Nevertheless, despite the apparently utter stupidity of wearing shoes you are on capable of walking in, the era of the boned corset is not only insane, it has proved fatal. For example, the television show The Little House on the Prairie depicts a time when a slim waistline is the fashion, at all costs. You may have seen other westerns where women will actually brace themselves against another female to pull the corset even tighter.

Unfortunately, the practice is not only extremely uncomfortable, it can be lethal. The extremely tight undergarments will cause a lady to faint, simply because she does not have enough oxygen to her brain. Women are thought to be the frail gender, until a doctor discovers the problem.

Although a physician may recommend not wearing a corset at all, the fashion is to have a tiny waistline at all costs is not easily altered. Unfortunately, at least one case is reported of a woman whose corset is so tight, she impales her liver with one of the whalebones and succumbs to mortal injury.

In the past, a woman may not be able to breathe, her bust may be close to exploding, and she cannot walk independent of aid, but she sure is fashionable. In the present, thank goodness women have come to their senses. Feeling beautiful, feminine, and alluring is impossible when in pain. Fashions and sensual lingerie should be fun, sexy, alluring, playful, and pretty, yet remain comfortable.