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While the mechanisms employed by men to achieve the effect of a slender waist were not too different from those subscribed to by their women contemporaries, not all small waists were the consequence of corseting. This rare early nineteenth-century example of a man's drawers shows a less draconian mode of waist suppression. A double-layered waist yoke with boning functions as a girdle with adjustable laced tabs.

Underpants, linen, French

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