|Coresetting, or the act of modifying a woman's waist with the help of girldes
and other devices achieved popularity from the 14th-19th centuries.
The practice caused shallow breathing, venous system damage,
hiatal hernias, fainting and organ problems.
Both men and women are known to wear corsets.
Many garments sold as "corsets" during recent years are
not technically corsets in the traditional sense. While modern
"corsets" and "corset tops" often feature lacing and/or boning
and generally mimic a historical style of corsets, they have
very little if any effect on the shape of the wearer's body.
In recent years, the term "corset" has also been borrowed by the
fashion industry to refer to tops which, to varying degrees, mimic
the look of traditional corsets without actually acting as one;
such tops are frequently seen in stores which cater to fans of
gothic fashion or emo fashion. Many such
tops feature lacing or boning and are fairly tight-fitting; however,
genuine corsets are usually made by a corsetmaker and should
ideally be fitted especially for the wearer.
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