Falsies

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In fashion, falsies is a term used in English to denote padding for use in a brassiere to create the appearance of larger breasts. The term is also, more rarely, used for pads which create the appearance of larger buttocks. In both cases, there is a note of (more or less) amusement conveyed by the term. In a specifically humorous context, the term refers to moulded plastic replicas of female breasts that may be worn (covered or uncovered) by males for comedic effect. Typically held onto the chest by elastic straps or forming the top part of an apron, they are a perennial favourite amongst university students and at "buck's nights".

Bosom pads

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Corset by Bosom pad 1873

In the Victorian Era, young girls were considered grown-up when they were 15 years old, but many girls at that time did not reach the age of puberty until they were 18 years old. Because of this, many girls needed some filling for adult clothes, therefore bosom pads were used.

When small, rounded breasts were in fashion, the problem was reversed. Adult woman solved the problem with tight corsets and breast binding.

When used after breast removal surgery (as for cancer), the usual term used is breast prosthesis. Little levity attaches to this use of the term.

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