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by Mary Kincaid
The term lingerie comes from the Old French linge, which referred to scandalous underclothes. Though the term was not in widespread use until the 1850s, the history of lingerie itself started centuries earlier, back in ancient Egypt around 3000 BC. And while the choice for men may center around something as simple as boxers or briefs, we women have so much more to consider: peignoirs, chemises, nighties, camisoles, slips, crinolines and teddies -- both racy and demure. Now we gals know that buying luxurious lingerie is not necessarily practical, but we also know that this form of self-indulgence can have a subconscious impact on the way we look and feel -- even if no one gets to witness our underpinnings. So choose one of these beauties from past decades and bring on some sweet dreams. Just click the slideshow to see the selection.
So you've had a lot on your plate this past week (ha), but that doesn't mean you need to wear it on your waist (or hips, or thighs...) for the rest of the year! Since many of our favorite fitted winter sweaters and cocktail dresses can be very unforgiving when it comes to revealing every bump or bulge, the latest in shaping lingerie does things for our body that we can really be thankful for! Looking to appear sleeker in that bandage minidress? Look no further than this strapless dress shaper by Julie France that will keep things looking toned without strapping down your chest in the meantime! And if you want to be seamless in that high-waisted pencil skirt and definitely don't have room for panty lines, this shaping thong will give you all the tummy firming you need without the extra fabric. Take a look at the slideshow for the full selection of our favorite miracle-working lingerie for all kinds of trouble spots!