We were wondering: what’s actually the history of the modern shapewear we all know? Today everyone inhale and exhale deeply with a sigh of relief at how far modern shapewear has come. 

Shapewear has been sucking in, pushing up and slimming down women for centuries. There is actually evidence of shapewear dating all the way back to 3000 B.C. says stylist expert Bridgette Raes, author of "Style Rx: Dressing the Body You Have to Create the Body You Want." 

Archaeological evidence shows women wearing waist tightening garments that appear to be ribbed. Around the 14th century, women started to wear a stiffened linen undergarment that laced in the front and the back. By the 15th century, these 'stays' became quite commonplace.

It is believed that the modern day girdle was invented in 1910 by Paul Poiret to be worn with the clothing he was designing at that time. His revolutionary designs put less emphasis on the waist and more on the hips and derriere. This girdle became a staple for the 20th century. The way Poiret understood a woman's body, and how it should interact with clothing and the girdle, were defining reasons why the corset, which had previously determined the shape of women's clothing, went out of fashion. 

During war time -- a time of austerity and doing your part for the war efforts -- many women let their appearance slide to a more comfortable style. After the war, in an effort to attract a partner, women's fashion reflected that desire. Girdles, corsets and corselets became essential. Suddenly, women started wearing girdles again.

There were a variety of girdles produced for the young woman," Raes says. The teen girdle was the panty girdle and had the maximum coverage, in more than one sense. It was a tight-fitting cross between a girdle that held the tummy in and one that protected the wearer from advances.

Now, everyone inhale and exhale deeply with a sigh of relief at how far modern shapewear has come. Shapewear is definitely a trend that is here to stay for some time.