Thursday 14 May 2009

The History And Purpose Of Womens Lingerie

Lingerie has a long and prosperous history as enhancers of the
female form. It is believed that the first example of lingerie
for women originated in the Mediterranean. This was two thousand
years before Christ. The field of womens lingerie has grown and
flourished ever since. Now, it is popular among all classes of
people. It appears all around the world. It is also a
multi-million dollar industry, with newer styles and functions
appearing on a regular basis.

There are two different classes of lingerie for women. One
style enhances what women already have. Another style hides what
women don't want to have. Bustiers and corsets can fit in both
classes. Corsets have a slimming effect, making the waist appear
smaller and curvier. Bustiers push up the breasts, enhancing and
forming the bust.

Bras are a type of women's lingerie, although they have been so
mainstreamed as to be a normal addition to most women's closets.
Bras can serve many functions. They support women with bigger
busts, aiding in back support. They can pull up drooping
breasts, and enhance with gel and other fillers. With a pair of
matching panties, bras can also attract.

Lingerie has come a long way from the days of burlesque. Seedy
motels and back alley shops were the breeding ground of lingerie
back then, when men with insatiable appetites went to Burlesque
shows to see their fantasies enacted on stage. Women with skimpy
or stringy clothing danced. Some took pieces of their clothing
off and taunted the men with them. Now, women can do the same
thing for their own men, without the inhibition of those older
days. Womens lingerie has come into the light, and there exist
many gorgeous and tasteful pieces. And what is not tasteful is
acceptable in other circles and with other purposes. The
g-strings, thongs, backless panties and fishnet stocking with
leather are a look that serves to sell sex. This sex sells
between a couple in the bedroom or on the pages of Playboy.

Some popular styles of women's lingerie include:

Camis: These sleeveless tops usually include spaghetti straps
and flow over the body. They sometimes include matching panties.

Chemise: A short, straight nightgown, light and soft.

Teddy: Imagine wearing a loose-fitting bathing suit with frills
and lace.

Baby Doll: A particular style of lingerie. This was invented in
a 1950's movie of the same name. It is a very short nightgown
that accentuates the bust. It stops just above the hips and
usually comes with panties. The fabric floats away from the
body, while it clasps around the bust.

Kimonos and negligees: These are not lingerie, per se, but can
be worn over top of it. For women who chill easily in the
shorter pieces, this can make the difference between whether
they wear lingerie or not.

Womens lingerie was originally made from silk and satin. It
represented sexuality and comfort. Now lingerie is made of a lot
of different fabrics, each with its own meaning. Leather
lingerie denotes danger and carries with it a rebellious
attitude. Velvet lingerie is soft and exotic. Cotton is for
modern women who dislike frilly, sassy clothing. Lycra, a
relative of spandex, is used for a sporty, tight-fitting look.

About The Author: Jason Hulott is Editor of My Lingerie Expert,
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