University of Virginia Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library

Men’s Corsets

Smooth Silhouettes for Men

Man in Corset

Men’s Corset. Source: Wikimedia Commons (public domain).


Some men wore corsets in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Especially in the late 1700s and early 1800s, high fashion for men called for form-fitting trousers and jackets.   Some men wore corsets to create the required smooth silhouette.  By the mid-1800s, however, the few men who wore fashion corsets were more commonly subjects of ridicule.


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