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Sucking It in

I’m not sure how I feel about this new corset trend. I do see how it is a natural progression from all the lace up clothing that’s been trending for some seasons now. An inevitable end point. But I just don’t know if I can get behind it.

A corset, according to Wikipedia, is a garment worn to hold and train the torso into a desired shape for aesthetic or medical purposes. Today it can be defined as 'that thing' Kylie Jenner wears over her XXL t-shirts, for reasons unknown except Fashun.

Wearing a corset, historically an oppressive garment, over top of clothing like a belt can be taken a few ways

  1. It’s a statement of female empowerment. Women are taking a garment that signified oppression and patriarchal expectations of a woman’s shape and place in society, and wearing it outside their clothing as a form of ownership and control – “only I can say what I wear and how”
  2. It is still oppressive. Women making their bodies smaller to fit into a societal definition of beauty. A push against the strengthening women’s movement by an industry that is still dominated and dictated by men at the top. (yes, I do know it was a female designer, Miuccia Prada, who started this trend)
  3. It’s just a belt. It’scute.
  4. It’s a belt but it’s ugly

Regardless of what it signifies and to whom, it is a trend that is gaining ground and will be here for a while. As a late adopter, but someone who eventually warms to all trends, I’ll probably be wearing this look by next fall. What do you think?

~ Lindsey Strang

Lindsey lives in Canada and stays home with her two girls. She has a degree in Communications that makes for good wall art in her den if nothing else. You can find her sense of humor on Instagram at daysofourshittylives.

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