It's probably one of the inevitable signs of growing older, when a woman's underwear draw starts to contain less in the way of frilly barely-there frippery and more of the cover here-there-and-everywhere heavy duty armoury.
If I was being honest I would admit that it's also one of the inevitable signs of eating too many potato chips!
Luckily wearing underwear designed to smooth, cinch and flatten doesn't necessarily mean resorting to matronly styles any more, especially with the resurgence of interest in vintage lingerie styling (thank you Dita von Teese). I want to buy this corselette simply because it's gorgeous - what it would do for my figure is an added bonus:
Even The Eccentric English Boyfriend, who's not a huge fan of lace and suspenders, gave the thumbs up to this one. £65.00 from What Katie Did, a store that will be a definite must-visit on our trip to England next year.