Shapewear has been sucking in, pushing up and slimming down women for centuries. There is actually evidence of shapewear dating all the way back to 3000 B.C. says stylist expert Bridgette Raes, author of "Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want."
Archaeological evidence shows women wearing waist tightening garments that appear to be ribbed. Around the 14th century, women started to wear a stiffened linen undergarment that laced in the front and the back. By the 15th century, these 'stays' became quite commonplace.
During war time -- a time of austerity and doing your part for the war efforts -- many women let their appearance slide to a more comfortable style. After the war, in an effort to attract a partner, women's fashion reflected that desire. Girdles, corsets and corselets became essential. Suddenly, women started wearing girdles again.
There were a variety of girdles produced for the young woman," Raes says. The teen girdle was the panty girdle and had the maximum coverage, in more than one sense. It was a tight-fitting cross between a girdle that held the tummy in and one that protected the wearer from advances.
Now, everyone inhale and exhale deeply with a sigh of relief at how far modern shapewear has come. Shapewear is definitely a trend that is here to stay for some time. Buy your shapewear now at Beauty Supply XL!