For quite some time, the corsets have been making a comeback. Prada reintroduced the garment in a more utilitarian style in 2016, worn loosely laced over tough outer tailoring and sweaters. This style, while still meant to draw attention to a slim waist, was not based on old notions of “sexiness.” However, for autumn/winter 2019, fashion designers returned to full corsets and wide, waist-cinching belts.
This traditional silhouette has an even stronger hold on social media. Instagram has over a million posts with the hashtag “waist training.” Many are die-hard corset fans, but the fad for an exaggerated hourglass figure has made corsets popular.
Corsets In The Modern Era
Today’s corsets are different because we’re not looking to lose weight (though that is an added bonus), but rather to emphasize your body shape and celebrate the curves we have. Modern corsets come in a variety of styles. A waist cincher, also known as a waist trainer, is one of the most popular.
Typically, this approach permits slimming with latex panels held in place by front closures (such as hook-and-eyes, zippers, and Velcro). Latex cinchers are available in both a wrap-around belt style and a “vest” style with shoulder straps.
However, the classic corset style does not use latex to compress the midsection; instead, it is structured with a lace-up back that is tightened. The bodice is made of satin, cotton, or even mesh, and is held in place by flexible steel boning. This style is commonly referred to as a steel-boned corset. It’s also worth noting that corsets can be found in both underbust and overbust styles.
Underbust styles are useful for everyday corset wear and slimming, whereas overbust styles are typically used for costuming or formal/bridal attire.
What Is The Procedure For Corseting?
To achieve the desired results, evenly distribute pressure. Fabric panels in strong, resilient textiles such as cotton/canvas, satin, leather, mesh, and so on are used to begin. Steel bones, or rods, are placed in fabric channels at regular intervals around the torso to break up these panels. Some bones are made of relatively rigid flat steel, whereas others are made of spiral steel, which has a little more give for shifting and twisting (although not necessarily bending).
Stiff busks in the front of the corset provide a loop-and-pin closure, and laces in the back are threaded through grommets to allow you to tighten the garment to your desired level of compression. Through incremental tightening and downsizing, you can progress from tightening that reduces your waist by 1-2 inches to tightening that reduces your waist by four or more inches over the course of a lengthy waist training regimen.
Your Body And Corsets
It’s natural to wonder where that extra 2+ inches go when you slim your waistline when you first begin a waist training regimen. Sorry, but it doesn’t just disappear. The beauty of a corset is that it not only compresses but also redistributes your body, giving you an hourglass shape in two ways.
A small amount of compression occurs, and floating ribs begin to move inward over time, but the truth is that organs simply shift around a bit, and fat is pushed up and down, away from the waist.
Choosing corsets with specific features may assist you in redistributing your body fat into more pleasing proportions. It’s always a good idea to try on different corset styles to find the ones that give you the results you want. When selecting a corset, accurate sizing is critical, and you’ll want to look for garments that feature these measurements rather than standard S/M/L/XL sizing.
Waist training corsets should always include a waist measurement, at the very least, and if you choose custom corsetry, you can personalize almost every aspect of the garment for a perfect fit.
Corsets Can Help You Lose Weight
If you stick to a waist training routine, you will notice more dramatic waist slimming and semi-permanent results. In other words, even after you remove your corset, your waist will remain smaller. In some cases, waist training can also aid in your weight loss efforts. Corsets not only provide an instant confidence boost due to visible results, but the compression, similar to a LAP band, can help to curb eating more than needed because there is less space to fill with food.
When To Remove Your Corset
If you feel any discomfort or pain while wearing a corset, it is a sign that the garment does not fit properly and you should remove it right away. You may also get hot while wearing one, especially if you work out hard or live in a hot climate. Again, if you experience discomfort, we recommend removing your corset.
Another question we get is whether a corset “shifts” your organs. That is a slightly deceptive question because your organs are perfectly fine if they move around a little. They are soft tissue, which is perfectly normal. That doesn’t mean they’ll be thrown out of place.
Before Diving In, Practice
Wear your corset for at least an hour the first time you put it on, and if it has a lace-up back, don’t squeeze the laces as tight as they will go. After the garment has been seasoned, you can fully tighten the laces. It will be ready when its shape has molded to your torso and there are no gaps between your body and the garment (after about two weeks of wearing it 1-2 hours per day). After it has been seasoned, pull the laces as tight as you like and wear the garment for longer periods of time.
The goal of waist training is to wear a corset for at least 8 hours per day to achieve the best results. You can switch between outfits, especially if you intend to exercise while wearing a workout waist trainer. You should not wear your corset for more than 12 hours per day. Your skin and core require a break from compression to rest and breathe.