The tighter, the better...
1910-all of these images gorgeous and authentic looking. But that's not my point,...Here is my point; Can you imagine the discomfort in these straight-jacket under garments that a proper woman must adorn underneath as she does on the surface.with a "presentable facade" such as the styles of this era. GORGEOUS!!!
Black Satin Corset, ca. 1900 (Victoria & Albert Museum)
Emmanuelle Dessoude's first ribbon corset with lace trim, tone on tone brocade at the CF, and small bow detail.