For some time now, corsets have been making a comeback. Prada reintroduced the garment in a more utilitarian style in 2016, worn loosely laced over tough outer garments and sweaters. This style, while still intended to draw attention to a slim waistline, was not based on old notions of “sexiness”. However, for Fall/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 craze for an exaggerated hourglass figure has made corsets popular.
Corsets in the modern age
Today’s corsets are different because we’re not looking to lose weight (although that’s 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 traineris one of the most popular.
Typically, this approach allows for slimming with latex panels held in place by front closures (such as hooks and eyes, zippers, and Velcro). Latex cinchers are available in both a wrap-around waistband style and a “vest” style with suspenders.
However, the classic corset style does not use latex to compress the midsection; instead, it’s structured with a lace-up back that’s cinched in. The bodice is made of satin, cotton or even mesh, and is held in place by flexible steel stays. This style is commonly referred to as a steel bone corset. It should also be noted that corsets can be found in both underbust and overbust styles.
Underbust styles are useful for everyday corseting and slimming, while overbust styles are typically used for suits or formal/bridal wear.
What is the corset procedure?
To achieve the desired results, distribute the pressure evenly. Fabric panels in strong and resistant textiles such as cotton/canvas, satin, leather, mesh, etc. are used to start. Steel bones, or rods, are placed in fabric channels at regular intervals around the torso to break these panels. Some bones are made of relatively stiff flat steel, while others are made of spiral steel, which has a bit more flexibility to move and twist (but not necessarily flex).
Rigid busks at the front of the corset provide hook and loop closure, and laces at the back are threaded through eyelets to allow you to cinch the garment to the desired level of compression. With incremental crunch and downsizing, you can go from a crunch that reduces your waistline by 1-2 inches to a crunch that reduces your waistline by four inches or more during a long training program to the size.
Your body and your corsets
It’s natural to wonder where those extra 2 inches go when you slim down your waistline when you start 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 the floating ribs start to move inward over time, but the truth is the organs just move around a bit and the fat is pushed up and down away from the cut.
Choosing corsets with specific features can help you redistribute your body fat into more pleasurable proportions. It’s always a good idea to try out different styles of corsets to find the ones that give you the results you want. When selecting a corset, accurate sizing is essential, and you’ll want to look for garments that feature these measurements rather than the standard size S/M/L/XL.
Waist training corsets should always include a waistline, at the very least, and if you choose custom corsetry, you can customize almost every aspect of the garment for the perfect fit.
Corsets can help you lose weight
If you stick to a waist training routine, you’ll notice more dramatic, semi-permanent slimming results. In other words, even after removing your corset, your waistline will still be smaller. In some cases, waist training can also help you in your weight loss efforts. Corsets not only provide an instant boost of confidence due to visible results, but the compression, similar to a LAP band, can help limit overeating 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’s a sign that the garment doesn’t fit properly and you should remove it immediately. You may also feel hot when wearing one, especially if you train hard or live in a hot climate. Again, if you feel any discomfort, we recommend removing your brace.
Another question we have is whether a corset “moves” your organs. This is a slightly misleading question because your organs are perfectly fine if they move a little. It’s soft tissue, which is perfectly normal. This does not mean that they will be driven out of their place.
Before diving, 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 pull the laces as tight as possible. Once the garment is seasoned, you can fully tighten the laces. It will be ready when its shape hugs your torso and there is no longer any space between your body and the garment (after about two weeks of wearing 1 to 2 hours a day). Once it’s been seasoned, pull the laces as tight as you want and wear the garment longer.
The goal of waist training is to wear a corset for at least 8 hours a day for 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 a day. Your skin and heart need a compression break to rest and breathe.