Once upon a time, the strapless dress was flimsy, structureless, and apt to fall down. Then, along came something called boning, which gave the dress form, and girls all over the world rejoiced! The end.
Okay, so that’s not quite how the story goes. Boning, originally used in corsetry, is a fossil compared to the modern strapless dress, and was originally made of — you guessed it — bone. Nowadays, boning is a bit more vegan-friendly; it’s the structure-enhancing flexible plastic strips that you’ll feel sewn inside the bodice of many a well-fitted garment, from the strapless dress, to the bustier-style top and more. So, next time you wear an item with this elegant endoskeleton, you can feel grateful to the very marrow of your being for this upstanding detail!