A group of girls bundled up in cold-weather clothes huddle together at a bus stop in Manhattan’s Herald Square. Their colorful puffy coats conceal the latest phenomenon to hit high schools across the country. “It’s easier to hide my waist trainer in the winter,” says Christina, 17, as she lifts up her layers to show off her Coke-bottle shape, bound by a black latex corset that is decorated with skulls. “My last one had cartoon-character heads, but I like this better.” The front clasps and flexible fabric are a stretch from the first corsets, worn almost 500 years ago, but these bright, playful patterns seem to mark an alarming recent marketing effort targeting teens.
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