A corset dress is a style of dress worn primarily to support and control the body, usually a larger waist or larger bust, either for aesthetic purpose or medical benefit, or simply support the breasts. In the Victorian era, corsets were often worn as a way of beautifying one’s figure or to tighten up one’s waist. These dresses were made of a very heavy fabric that required a great deal of effort to move in. The heavy fabric was made to keep the woman from over-stretching her legs, buttocks, and arms. Many corsets were actually made of metal or leather, which was very thick, thus being difficult to move in. It is estimated that around thirty to sixty percent of corsets in existence today were created during the Victorian era.
Today, a corset dress has more of a contemporary appeal and may include a much wider array of options than those of the past. For a modern woman with a wide array of fashion styles, there is no need to purchase a corset dress that is only going to be worn once. The most popular type of modern corset dress is a halter style dress, which can be found in a variety of colors and materials. One type of modern halter dress is made from satin or silk, with a full skirt that flares out past the waist. This style of dress looks great on women of any height but has a very nice shape that gives a wonderful slimming effect to the wearer.
A more modern style corset dress is often made of a thinner material, such as microfiber. Although this material is also very thin, it has the added benefit of being able to stretch to fit a wider range of figures. Many modern women will use this form of dress to provide a great look and slimming effect, but still retain a very feminine appearance. This is why these types of dresses are becoming so popular, especially among women who are more of a traditional type of woman.