Once upon a time, it was the 1980s. You may know this from firsthand experience, or you may have gathered it from items of clothing sold at American Apparel. If you fall into the former category, you’ll know that the latter category is comprised mostly of repurposed nostalgia — the clothing therein is meant to flatter the figures of young people in the new millennium, whereas actual 1908s garb was intended to flatter only people with no shoulders and with waists that were directly — directly — below their breasts.
To make this point a little more clearly, here’s an awesome photo:
There it is.