What is a Bodice?

A bodice is the upper part of a garment, typically referring to the fitted or structured section that covers the torso. It can be found in various garments, including dresses, tops, or corsets. The bodice is designed to fit closely to the body and often features shaping elements such as darts, seams, or boning to create a tailored and flattering silhouette. In historical contexts, bodices were often separate garments that were laced or fastened at the back and worn in combination with skirts. In modern fashion, the term "bodice" is often used interchangeably with the upper part of a dress or a fitted top. Bodices can be made from a variety of fabrics, depending on the desired style and occasion.