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For anyone out there still body shaming or limiting the options available for plus size people, we’ve got one question: why? Should being plus size be a reason to have less choice and less opportunity for self-expression? Of corset shouldn’t!
The corset was originally worn by women in the western world from the 16th to the early 20th century, although corset-like garments have been traced back as far as 1600BC. What began as a close-fitting sleeveless bodice evolved into an undergarment with stays made of whalebone, and then steel, that encircled the ribs and compressed the natural waist. Corsets were used to primarily shape the body into distinctive silhouettes, from the ultra-feminine hourglass shape popular to more waif like silhouettes.
However, fashion soon came in to revolutionise what was a restrictive item on women to reclaim and reimagine it. In the 1970s, Vivienne Westwood began using corsets as part of her history-meets-punk collections. Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler incorporated corsets into their designs in the 1980s, and corsets reached a new peak of popularity when Madonna wore the famous cone bra and corset get up in her Blonde Ambition tour. Since then, corsets have never really strayed out of fashion for too long. Alternating between punk items worn as outwear or a confident, sexy update on underwear as outerwear.
Because of shows like Bridgerton – the hit Netflix series set during the Regency area which was watched by over 60 million households – corsets found themselves creeping back into fashion, seen everywhere from social media influencers to runways.
If you want to reintroduce the corset into your life, our plus size corsets make it much easier, and much more expressive. From classic colours and simple designs to more elaborate, rebellious styles, our range of plus size corsets help you define the look for yourself.
Keeping punk at the heart of your style, our plus size corsets come with red lace and brocade patterns or even neon coloured detailing. From gothic patterns to alternative styling, with added chains and jewellery (taking inspiration from burlesque fashion) these plus size corsets prove that you can bring rock and roll to the regency.
EMP believe that everyone should be free to express themselves through fashion, music, hobbies and interests. Shop our full selection of plus size fashion, from band shirts to leggings and more.