The difference between corset and bodice.

The desire to look slim and attractive forces women to make serious sacrifices. Some torture themselves with the strictest diets, others do not get out of fitness clubs, and others “shackle” their bodies in tight corsets. The last wardrobe item will be discussed in our article. It is no secret that several centuries ago he enjoyed the widest popularity with secular ladies. Wanting to reduce their waist, they ordered the corsets to be tightened to such an extent that they practically could not breathe. Surprisingly, a similar way of transforming a female figure exists to this day. However, few people use it. But stylish and elegant bodices have come into fashion, which, although they do not model the figure, look very, very impressive. Despite the external similarities, the mentioned items of clothing have different functional purposes.


Corset is a piece of women's clothing designed for body shaping and soft breast support. It is a wide belt with elastic plates inside, tightly covering the abdomen and lower chest. Equipped with lacing on one or more sides, hook fasteners may also be present. When tied, the corset resembles an hourglass silhouette. It belongs to the category of the most ancient wardrobe items that have "survived" to this day. The predecessor of this product is considered to be a wide belt, widespread about a millennium ago on the Greek island of Crete. Performing not only a tightening, but also a protective function, he was worn under clothes and was popular with both women and men. At the end of the 13th century, a wide women's belt entered European fashion, emphasizing the waist and supporting the chest. Since tight-fitting clothing was held in high esteem at the time, he quickly acquired "female fans." In the 15th century, the wasp waist with the breast protruding above it became the ideal of female beauty. As a result, the ladies began to inhale so tightly that they regularly fainted due to poor blood circulation and lack of oxygen.


As a full-fledged item of women's wardrobe, the corset appeared in Burgundy. Hard inserts of metal plates or wooden bars began to be sewn into it, which went from the chest to the lower abdomen. Over the centuries, the appearance of the corset and the materials for its manufacture have gradually changed. Until now, wardrobe items made of metal rods are kept in French museums. Obviously, such clothes were not only insanely uncomfortable, but also very heavy. Later, combined versions of products from bone, metal and wooden rods arose. In the 17th century, corsets began to be made using a whalebone. Today, this wardrobe item has ceased to belong to the category of underwear. It is increasingly worn with skirts and trousers, and is also popular in bridal fashion. However, underwear corsets are no less common among ladies. In addition, there are orthopedic products used for curvatures, injuries and diseases of the spine.

Corsage - part of a woman's dress, covering the sides, back and chest. Often has decorative lacing or front closures. The prototype of this garment can be seen on the frescoes of the 2nd century BC. NS. The bodice of that time emphasized the waist, lifted the chest, but at the same time left it naked. The heyday of the wardrobe element falls on the 18th century, when the so-called flying dresses came into fashion. The bodice was worn over a rounded underskirt under narrow bodice shelves. Its length went from the shoulder to the very ground. And only in the 19th century, costumes began to be divided into a corsage and a skirt. Today, the product is considered completely independent, it is both worn over shirts and blouses, and is used as underwear. There are models with a relatively loose fit.



Let's start with the comparison with the functions of wardrobe items. As mentioned above, the corset is designed to model the figure. It tightens the waist and lifts the chest. In addition, there are medical products with an orthopedic effect, which are used for curvature and injuries of the spine. While bodices are a standard wardrobe item designed to cover the body. They can have both a tight-fitting and a fairly loose silhouette. The corset always fits the figure tightly due to the hard bones sewn into it, the number of which reaches twenty-four pieces. The product is equipped with a draw-down lacing located in any part of it. It may also have clasps. If the bodice has lacing, then it plays a purely decorative role. The same is true of the underwire, which is only used to shape a wardrobe item. Usually their number does not exceed four pieces.

Another difference between the corset and the bodice is that the first is worn mainly on the naked body. It is often used in wedding fashion as an element of the bride's dress. This garment, in comparison with a bodice, is never equipped with straps. The latter is sometimes supplemented with straps. The bodice is worn both on the naked body and over blouses and shirts. It is made of a wide variety, including stretching materials. The corset is sewn only from dense non-elastic fabric. It can be satin, vinyl, taffeta, silk, etc. It should be added that the traditional product consists of ten parts. Among them, we should mention the back, front, bodice, bones, lacing, fasteners, lining, etc. In a corsage, the maximum number of parts reaches six. Accordingly, the latter garment is simpler both in design and execution.

To summarize, what is the difference between a corset and a bodice.

Corset Corsage
Created for modeling figuresDesigned to cover the body
It is also used in medicinePerforms only a decorative function
Always tight-fitting the figureCan have both a tight-fitting and a fairly loose silhouette
Inside the product there are hard bones, the number of which reaches twenty-fourThe bones are not always present, their number does not exceed four pieces
Has a draw-down lacingLacing, if there is, plays a purely aesthetic role
Worn on a naked bodyCan be worn over blouses and shirts
Sewn from dense non-elastic fabricincluding stretching materials
Consists of ten partsThe maximum number of parts is up to six
Never fitted with shoulder strapsCan be completed with shoulder straps