May 13, 2010 8:59 AM
Thank heavens we're not living in the Victorian Age. No corsets for us! Instead, we have Spanx and strategically placed accessories, such as the ASOS Chain Ties Obi Belt ($25). Wrap this broad belt around you, and your waistline will instantly be defined x10. This style of belt also serves to visually break up the elements of your outfit for a chic finish.
You've most likely seen an obi belt before, as they commonly appear in traditional geisha dress. The obi is the broad sash that wraps around the waist of the kimono. Obis originated in the 17th century, starting out as cords or ribbons and eventually becoming the wide and elaborately decorated obis seen in the 18th century. There are many types of obis which are accompanied by specific terminology to distinguish among them. The way an obi is tied differs between married and unmarried women and can differ based on many factors. Similar to the way in which we accessorize our clothing, kimonos can be dressed up or down based on the type of obi worn.
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