On the internet, there are a whole load of articles in response to this question that will probably freak you out with horror stories about past experiences. However, it is important to note that there is a risk with everything. So even though we highly promote corsetry, no one can guarantee that there is no risk. Yet, the bottom line is that if you are a fit and healthy person and you invest in a corset that fits your body in a way that it is supposed to, and is you make sure you use your corset properly, then the danger can be greatly minimized. Lets now discuss a few pros and cons of corsets in relation to your health and then come to a conclusion.
Based on real life stories, some people may find that wearing a corset elevates their blood pressure. However, for those with low blood pressure, this is a plus point.
If a corset is not custom designed, it can bother you at some point in your body or could press on a nerve, causing numbness in the area.
Regular corset wearers, especially in the summers, may experience skin rash if worn without a lining. This should be treated immediately. Regular breaks from corset wearing is advised in such situations.
Constipation and headaches are also a few rare complaints for corset wearers.
Corsets are helpful in minimizing back pain, correcting posture and preventing other skeletal issues.
Proper posture when wearing a corset can release tension from neck and shoulder areas, resulting in the cure of headaches and migraines.
Two popular benefits of corset wearing are for weight loss purposes and to re-shape and feminize the figures of women who are figure conscious.
Many who tend to overeat are able to overcome such eating disorders with the help of a corset.
Boosting self esteem and wearing off depression are two emotional benefits of corset wearing.
Corsets are not a ‘one size fits all’ concept. Just like the phrase ‘all five fingers are not the same’, corsets are not suitable for everyone. Those with certain health conditions such as disk hernias, hypertension and gastrointestinal inflammation may find that the risks of corset wearing are higher than its benefits. It is best to see a doctor and avail a green light before deciding to wear corsets for whatever reason. Even if you already have got the green light, make sure you regularly conduct health checks to make sure the corset is not causing any harm to your body. Furthermore, invest in custom made corsets that fit your body perfectly and accommodate any quirks and imbalances with your figure. Take regular breaks from corset wearing and do not force yourself to be in a corset 24/7. Based on these facts, it is your responsibility on whether or not you wear a corset, and how you treat your body with it.
Most corset wearers know that corsets should be washed as little as possible. But corsets need cleaning too when the time is right. Since you pay good money for your corsets it is important that you keep it nice, intact and keep it looking good for a long time. You can easily hand wash your corsets but knowing to use the right type of detergent and how to dry it will make your corset last longer and keep them looking as good as new.
If you follow the 5 tips below you cannot go wrong and you can prolong your corset for many years to come.
1) Hand wash your corset to make it last longer
Best way to clean your corset is hand washing them but avoid using hot water. Corsets are crafted and embellished with lots of care. There are so many eyelets, laces in a corset and only hand washing can keep it intact. And it will only take you 10 minutes. When you consider how much money you spend on it, it is worth to take good care of it and make it last for years. Do not even consider throwing your corset into the washing machine as all the spinning and harsh detergents can cause lots of harm to it.
2) Use a non-bio detergent
If you are an eco friendly person and concerned about the environment, you must be most probably using a biological washing powder. But remember those washing powders contain enzymes that practically eat away the dirt off your clothes. But eventually those enzymes eat away a bit of the fabric too. This can be damaging to your corset. So, make sure to use a mild non-bio detergent.
3) Do not heat dry
Understandably since you should not be machine washing your corset, you should not tumble dry it either even though it may sound like a practical idea. Also do not dry it in the harsh mid day sun or on a radiator. Such extreme heat can make the steel boning loose its intended shape. Not only it will be uncomfortable to wear also it will give you a totally different body shape. Also such heat can warp the fabric as well. The best way to dry your corset is wrapping it up in a soft fluffy towel and squeeze it gently to let the excess water absorb into the towel. Then lay it flat on a drying rack. Remember not to hang it as it can lose its shape.
4) Avoid deep washing when you can
Now you know exactly how to wash and dry your corset. But it doesn’t mean that you should wash it often. Even though you take utmost care when you hand wash the corset, each time you wash it, the corset will begin to age. If you wore the corset for an hour or two just air drying will be enough. But if you plan to wear it for a good few hours, consider wearing a tube liner underneath the corset. That way it will avoid the corset coming into direct contact with your body keeping the corset cleaner for longer. When you feel that your corset need some cleaning, spritzing some diluted alcohol will do the trick.
5) Dry clean infrequently
If you are in a situation where time is not on your side to hand wash it or has a stain that you cannot remove by hand washing, the last resort is of course dry cleaning. But dry cleaners use chemicals which are not so great on a corset. Hence, dry clean it only when you really have to. It is even safer if you go to a dry cleaner who have previous experience in cleaning corsets.
In conclusion, even though you know how to clean a corset carefully, it is something you should do very infrequently and when absolutely necessary. Air drying after each use is a good way to keep it fresh for a long time.
Corsets are getting increasingly popular making waist training with steel boned corsets, a mainstream trend. Many women want to try them out. But most do not want to spend the time and money for custom made corsets. Hence, the next best option is to buy them off-the-rack. But there are so many things to consider when you buy a corset. If you do not choose the corset just right for your body, you will not get the anticipated super sexy look and it will make you feel extremely uncomfortable as well.
Here are some tips to consider before you buy a ready made corset. When you choose the corset that is just right for your body, it will make you feel good and look super sexy.
Lean or petite stature is your body shape, you should go for a long boned corset. With a lean body you are most likely to have an average sized bust line with no visible curves. When you have such a slender body it is typical to have a long torso. In that case, generally a 16” long boned corset should be the ideal length for you. It will give your bust an extra boost. Since you are having the luxury of looking great in form fitting clothes, get the maximum benefit of wearing tube dresses and strapless dresses etc.
If you are a woman blessed with great curves you won’t find it difficult to find a corset that will fit you right and accentuate your curves. But sometimes you might be a curvy woman but a little bit of extra weight could be carried around the waistline. This is quite common for most women after child birth. Those find it a little bit challenging to find an off-the-rack corset. But there is hope! For your body type it is best if you go for a gentle curve corset. Those are single-boned and less rigid. According to your body shape what your goal should be to work on training your waist to cinch down. This type of corset will have parallel lace that will make you feel snug evenly from top to bottom.
You will find it very easy to find a suitable corset off-the-rack if you are full figured with a small stature. You can choose any waist cinching corset and it will work beautifully on your body. Since you are well endowed in the bust area, the purpose of your corset should be to accentuate your bust and hips. At the same time it will cinch your waist making your torso longer.
Finally, be aware that when you wear a corset you will definitely draw attention from the others. Some comments could be friendly, envious or even sleazy. So, when you wear your corset, be confident, classy and show all of them what a real lady is like.
Corsets have a bad reputation for being unhealthy and causing various health risks. In fact, this undergarment that has a history of centuries are not as evil as what the modern society believe.
Following are top 5 myths about corsets.
1. A pair of ribs should be removed to wear a corset effectively
There is no evidence that anyone removed ribs in order to wear corsets. Especially back in the Victorian era there was no facilities to carry out that type of complicated surgery. This myth was re-ignited by the urban legend that the recording artist Cher have had her lower ribs removed. But it is just simply an urban legend. If you are still not convinced remember until 1860s the scientists did not discover the germs and did not know the importance of a sterile operating room.
2. Wearing a corset permanently reshapes the ribs
This is true in selected cases. If a pre-adolescent girl wears a corset her ribs can be permanently reshaped. That is why young girls under the age of 18 are highly discouraged to wear corsets. But when an adult woman wear corsets the lowest ribs which are also called floating ribs are moved in. But when you remove the corset the floating ribs pop back out. But if you wear the corsets very tightly for extended periods of times, you may notice a dramatic change of your body shape but gradually if will return to its former shape when you discontinue rigorous corset training.
3. Early corsets had broken bones
This is indeed a Victorian myth. Back in the day the corsets were made of whale bones. Hence there were endless times where bones were broken. Not the human bones. The whale bones of the corset.
4. Corsets misshape liver and cause cancer
This is completely false. There is no report that corsets caused cancer or a misshaped internal organs. However depending on how tight you wear the corset your internal organs may shift a little bit. But they never caused anyone health issues. Nevertheless corsets are not recommended for daily use.
The experience of wearing a corset can be different to each individual. You may buy a well-fitted, high quality corset. But if you tight lace it and go for a very large waste reduction, it will definitely be painful. Hence, you can wear a corset and be comfortable if you choose the right corset and wear it properly.
Rarely wears lipstick is a blog that originates from UK in the year 2002 and is written by a vintage loving feminist named Lori Smith. Here we are going to talk about her guide to corsets and one should note that her blogs have a splash of feminism and a hint of style in them.
According to Lori, a corset is a garment that has a divided opinion. Some consider it as a symbol of sexual objectification and physical oppression while others see it as an illustration of sexual power of the person wearing it. Although the 21st century does not mandate corset wearing, there are still some who enjoy the aesthetics of a corset. Some of us may think that corsets are not for us but when you really look at the market, there are many different kinds and even those that are meant to make you look a few pounds lesser are not as uncomfortable as you may think.
In addition to aesthetics, there is a lot more to take into consideration when purchasing a corset as compared to purchasing any other garment. Before going into those details, Lori briefly explains the three main types of corsets: bustier, fashion and steel boned. Bustier corsets are more like corset style tops that contain plastic boning and have decorating lacing at the rear. Sometimes these are disappointing because the boning can get out of shape and hence does not offer any support in the bust area. The fashion corset has more of the plastic boning and is made like a classic corset including a front busk fastening as well as back lacing. In her blog ‘Rarely wears lipstick’, Lori suggests that steel boned corsets are the best of its kind because they offer bust support, waist reduction and posture correction.
Coming to the point of what one should look for when buying a corset, four important points are: boning, busk, lacing and of course, the price. Plastic boning in a corset bends easily and after a number of wears, it stays bent in a permanent shape. Hence in the future, is does not really provide body sculpting but still has proven to be comfortable for many. Steel boning comes in flat type and spiral type. This type of boning is guaranteed to keep its shape for a longer term and as a result, hold you in place every time you wear it. Steel boned corsets may be uncomfortable at first but if you take some effort in finding one that suits your figure, you will definitely see the benefits of it. Moving on, the front of your corset should have busk as a fastener; hooks and eye closures will not do. Some corsets have absolutely no front opening but are very difficult to get in and out of. Lastly, buy corsets that can tighten laces from the waist because this is the only way to even out the gap at the back of your corset.