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A old type of corsets. It is over the dress or skirt hang in the lower edge, opposite a corset which cover the hip. Typically is a stay maked in handwork and is older as 1860 or in some states 1870. By the time the stays been shorter and shorter end as a brassiere.

A stays have normal shoulder strap opposite a waist cincher.

The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stays).  11/13/04
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