Advert for Vyse, Sons & Co, corset manufacturers
Medium: Print on paper
Corsets were an obligatory undergarment for women in the 19th century. Even without tight lacing, corsets were very uncomfortable and usually badly fitted. Women wore them during the day and removed them before sleeping. Contrary to a popular misconception, women of all classes did wear corsets in the Victorian period. Trends were set by the upper classes, but the middle and working classes followed them as closely as they could.