IT'S ALL ABOUT LINGERIE!
Ah, the female form. It’s been appreciated and worshipped since the beginning of time. The subtle curve, the sensuality, the overall shape of a woman’s body is simply beautiful. But the female silhouette has been governed by what’s draped over it. And throughout history, it’s been adorned in many different ways.
Think of how far lingerie has come - from the push-up corsets of ancient Greece, to the push-up bra of today. The history of sexy lingerie proves that some things never change; women always want to look sexy. The only thing that has changed is how they go about doing it.
The lingerie market is gaining more and more exposure in main stream media, thus boosting its popularity. In May 2010, the contestants of the Miss USA pageant posed for their official photo shoot in beautiful sexy lingerie. In the highly artistic shots, the women pose on rumpled bed sheets wearing sexy bustiers, push-up bras, corsets, boy shorts, thigh-high fishnets and stilettos. The pictures were tastefully and artistically done to promote the contestants as smart, sexy and sophisticated modern woman. In the past this event would have been looked down upon by the critics as “degrading”, but now it’s accepted and admired by men and more importantly, women.
We now live in a society that allows much more freedom than in the past, so the goal of the lingerie industry remains the same; to create an image of a woman who’s desirable and sexy. At The Sexy Lingerie Shop we’re achieving that goal beautifully.
A Little Lingerie History
The word lingerie derives from the old French “linge” meaning “linen goods”. Since the term linen goods doesn’t exactly bring to mind sensuality when speaking of women’s intimate clothing, the word lingerie was born. Throughout the years, lingerie has been awe-inspiring when it comes to beauty and the contours of the female form. Actually, lingerie has set the standards for what it means to look beautiful; thus making the history of lingerie a story about sexuality, power and fashion in past, present and future eras.
The women of Crete in the pre-Christian days apparently had no time for a slow tease, therefore they went all out for a full-blown frontal assault. The lingerie of the day was a tight corset of bone that pushed the breasts up and out. This early form of the brassiere was all about decadence and had nothing to do with support. Breasts were on display, for the entire world to see.
The Middle Ages, on the other hand, was a time of sexual repression and denial, and the lingerie reflected that. Rather than compliment the female curves, medieval corsets flattened breasts almost to the point of non-existence. These iron-like devices trimmed the waist and concealed the chest, giving women boyish figures.
The Renaissance Era once again brought the voluptuous female curves back to the fore front. The tight corsets accentuated a woman’s curves giving her the ideal hourglass figure.
The Victorian Era marked the beginning of a revolution in lingerie design. Corsets were worn less tightly allowing women to breathe easier. Stockings, held up by garters that attached to corsets, and shorter drawers became part of many women’s wardrobes. The introduction of colorful undergarments and silk lingerie added a hint of sensuality to feminine underwear.
Over the centuries, women’s lingerie has come full circle. Soft fabrics, graceful lines and radiant colors combine to make intimate clothing not only a necessity, but a luxury that every women must have. The right lingerie can make a woman feel many things; sensual, seductive, powerful and confident.