Of corset was a slim Fifties look

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Iain Murray states in his column (MW June 7) that women’s shapes have changed from the Fifties’ 36-24-36 to the Nineties’ 37.5-27-36.

Your figure would also be 36-24-36 if it was tightly laced into a corset, or squashed into a heavily elasticated 18-hour girdle. Plus they had rationing in the war you know – meaning no access to chocolate, the fifth major food group.

Thankfully, most of us have come to our senses and breathe out in public these days. Although I do note that while the bust size has increased (thanks in part to Mr Silicone no doubt) the average hips are still 36, and this is the area where women are biologically predisposed to put weight on.

Andrea Caldecourt

Administration manager

Flowers & Plants Association

London SW8

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