Other white stays in the trousseau made of coutille or brocade are threaded through with white satin ribbon to match, or with pink, blue, or mauve to agree with the threadings of Tom Thumb and broader ribbons in the lingerie and petticoats. A French bride invariably wears corsets and jupons to match, and the English have adopted the fashion for many years past. A pretty addition to the list of "matches" is the white batiste broderie anglaise stay and petticoat in agreement, a charmingly cool vogue for summer wear.
Linon broche, a mixture of silk and flax, is the best material for the strenuous woman to wear. The writer who sits long at her desk, the business manager of sedate age, those are the two who should save their satin stays for the evening and holiday wear, if they value economy and wish to look trim and capable.
Black satin corsets are not worn so much as they were, but some women like black lingerie inset with white lace for mourning. Mourning lingerie takes the form in many cases of fine white cambric threaded with black satin, and corsets to match.
Broderie anglaise, "punched" all over and embroidered, and the open-work mesh corset are recommended for the tropics. The broderie anglaise looks pretty, and is amply ventilated by the punching, whereas the mesh stay is apt to drag out of shape quickly; therefore the former vogue is the preferable one.
Wedding corset tied with "something blue" to bring luck to the bride
Tricot or maillot corsets in silk, some of them garments of the combination order, boned to support the figure, are liked by Frenchwomen, especially since the French doctors became loudly denunciatory of the stay that compresses the vital parts.
The riding-stay of to-day is not the mere belt it was, but an exquisitely modelled stay, made very short in front for the sake of comfort, and so that no pressure shall be placed where it would be harmful, rather long over the hips and high at the back upon the shoulders.
Not even the girl who golfs or plays tennis neglects her special corset, proving that the stay of the twentieth century is a garment that is helpful to femininity under all circumstances, provided it is modelled by one who understands the laws of anatomy and the special demand the stays are to meet.
There is a demand, that annually grows, for bathing corsets, which certainly add symmetry to the figure and help the wearer so to adjust her costume that it looks well and feels so, in the surf and out. They are a more pronounced fashion in France than in England - where sea bathing is a mode with little prestige about it - and in America are very widely patronised.
The stay for open-air pastimes must be made of the most pliable material and be sparsely but effectively boned, while for the sea it is made of coutille, corded instead of boned, and provided with ties instead of busk fasteners. A corsetiere of long standing who has seen very much of the evils of tight-lacing constantly has customers sent to her by doctors in order that she may make special corsets to assist towards a cure. Consumption, atrophy of the vital organs, kidney and heart trouble are only a few of the disasters that the pressure of the corsets bring as a punishment to vanity.
The commonest cause of the swoons and "vapours" that occupied so much of the time of the belles of the early nineteenth century were traceable to the circumscribed stays of "the whalebone man," laced as closely as the stout arms of a serving-wench could do them from top to base.
Remember that on no account must there be pressure on the bust-line of the stays. Malignant tumours have been traced to this form of pressure, and why submit to it, or any other type of suffering, when modern knowledge and the most lovely and pliable of materials are at hand to combine the rarest of beauty with the most exquisite ease? Why should there be torture and consequent ill-health?
When the fiftieth milestone looms in the near distance, very grey and sinister in aspect, do not give way to despair, mes-dames, and sit moping in dim corners, accumulating adipose tissue as a result of inertia, but go out, move about the world, find hobbies, and take a new interest in affairs. And for every guinea you spent before upon your corsets spend two, and in like proportion, if it be possible, encourage the efforts of your modiste and milliner.
With a waist measurement of even five and thirty inches it is quite possible to look comely. The stay worn must be made of intricately boned coutille; intricately, because while there must not be weight nor pressure, there must be a per-suasive effort made after "line," by means of many small whalebones, and underneath the busk in the centre - front must run a broad satin-covered band or support, over which the fastenings will come. It will ensure comfort and obviate the pinching that is so inconvenient to the stout. The length of the stay will be as pronounced as can be arranged, and there will be height at the back.
This is the kind of stay that will be found by the ponderous woman of fifty so great a comfort, and while she is wearing it she can be pursuing any safe course of flesh-reduction that her doctor recommends. Then she will "fine
A corset that will be found easy to wear. Much of its comfort will depend upon the manner in which the wearer adjusts her corset
Sketched at Madame Dowding's down," and at sixty call for a corset six inches smaller.
Provided health is the blessing enjoyed, undue weight should be regarded as a bane not to be borne, but to be fought against strenuously, by exercise, correct breathing, and clever corseting, from the age of forty onwards, when it begins to be overwhelmingly felt and dominatingly on the increase.
The wise woman will have several pairs of corsets available at the same time, and will never misuse a pair. For instance, never play golf or do anything exceedingly strenuous in your new, carefully made corsets for best and evening wear. On the other hand, never go to your dressmaker to be fitted in an old pair of corsets that you will not be wearing when the dress is sent home, but in those you will wear with it.
Corsets, like boots, gloves, gowns, or other articles of apparel, are the better for a rest now and then; therefore, buy two pairs of corsets, wear them alternate weeks, and see how much longer they will last comfortable and in good condition. Further, any slight defect should be repaired immediately. There are many small renovations, such as renewing the lace, ribbon, or embroidery, which can be done quite well at home, but if a bone protrudes from its casing, if the coutille wears thin on the hips, or if any other more serious renovation is required, it is best to send the corsets at once to their makers. The cost of such repairs is very slight, and length is added to the life of expensive corsets by attention to such details. Corset-cases are much used by women who delight in pretty accessories of traveland wardrobe. Such cases for slipping the corsets into when not in use are generally of cambric or soft silk. They are made long and narrow, in the shape of the ordinary cardboard corset-box, and the decoration at the top is fancifully made up like the ornament at the top of a corset, with lace or embroidery ribbon threaded through it.