Corset comeback

Restrictive undergarments: Way hot for spring.

By Rebecca Traister
April 11, 2006 1:37AM (UTC)
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Thanks to Gawker for pointing out the scandal that is today's Daily Candy e-mail. Daily Candy provides a daily newsletter with tips about everything from restaurants to sample sales to jewelry, perfumes, workouts, books, television shows and movies. It's geared toward women (though not exclusively) and operates in several cities around the country. Today -- the same day its editors were flogging their new book on the "Today" show -- the New York e-mail was all about the glory of the corset. That's right, as in the Scarlett O'Hara-grabbing-the-bedpost, strung-so-tight-you-pass-out garment made to mold your curves into some crazy-ass idea of an hourglass figure.

In the item, Daily Candy guesses that its subscribers misbehaved this winter ("naughty, naughty"), hitting the Christmas truffles hard and not exercising enough. "Consequently, your generous curves have taken the corner at Ample Road and are careening straight down Fat Street." You heard them, heifers. Now what are you going to do about this pathetic state of affairs? Buy a corset from Lace Embrace Atelier, of course! A company that allows you to "choose from one of their Victorian or Edwardian ready-to-wear styles." That's right. Victorian and Edwardian styles. Just what you've been waiting for. Maybe while you're shopping, you can also pick up a bustle and some crinolines. Like corsets, they're sure to be comfy on those warm summer days ahead.

Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. She is the author of "Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women" (Free Press). Follow @rtraister on Twitter.

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