Once upon a time, all fashionable women wore corsets to define their figures and to allow them to wear the demanding dresses of their day. Corsets would cinch their waists, flatten their tummies and smooth the way for their ultra feminine dresses the natural female form would otherwise find hard to look good in. Basically, corsets give you an hourglass figure.
Boned corsets were worn by ladies in the past to make them look more slender. This corset would be laced tight by their helpers and often, young women, eager to attract the attention of the guy they fancy may request that the corset be laced extremely tight to make their waists exceedingly tiny. The side effect is that these ladies may even faint later, from lack of air. But that's ok. In those days, fainting was considered dainty and could well attract the attention of a handsome suitor.
Thankfully, corsets are no longer compulsory in order for a woman to stay fashionable. Wearing corsets these days is the exception, rather than the norm.
While corsets are restrictive and considered the epitome of femininity, jeans have their origin in rugged masculinity.
During the gold rush in America, the early pioneers needed tough clothing to withstand their rugged lifestyle. Pants that did not tear easily. Enter the denim jean which is so hardy, is became the uniform of the rugged cowboy and the tough guys in the working class.
So what do ultra-feminine corsets and totally rugged jeans have in common?
Tough fabric that holds you in. Women who wear the smallest pair of high waist jeans they can slip into are onto something. These jeans act like a corset in that they hold your tummy and flabby bits in. They even make your legs look slimmer.
Although low-rise jeans were hot last in past seasons, it isn't a good idea to wear them smaller than your real size. They are cut low and if they are tight, the flesh above the waistline will bulge out, which means, most of your belly would stick out and look even bigger than ever. Think of it as the muffin-effect. Anything above the waistline overflows.
For the corset effect, jeans with the highest waist you can find, which adequately cover your fattest parts are your best bet. The tummy should be completely beneath the waistband. In a sense it can be even more flattering than a corset as it slims your legs as well. Just make sure that unless your legs are thin, the bottoms of the jeans flare out, or at least do not grip onto your flesh tightly as anything beyond the jeans, if squeezed, will have your flesh bulging out.
So if you want to look slimmer, but not appear like you are trying too hard, forget about corsets. Wear tight-fitting high waist jeans instead.
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