What is a corset?
Corsets are made out of flexible material, such as cloth or leather, and stiffened with boning, which can be made out of plastic or steel. Lacing at the back holds the corset together, and the tightening or loosening of the laces will produce changes in the firmness of the corset. Wearing the lacing as tightly as possible will produce a drastic reduction of the waist.
What is a waist cincher?
A waist cincher is worn to make the waist appear physically smaller. There are 2 different types of waist cinchers-
- The first one is just like a regular corset, except shorter in length than a full underbust one. This type of shorter corset allows for more mobility, and can also serve as a full underbust corset for those who have a shorter torso. As with full corsets, a waist cincher corset will have steel bones, be made out of breathable material that does not stretch and will fasten will busks at the front and lacing at the back. This type of corset, just like a full one, will give a minimum 6 inches of waist reduction.
- The other type of waist cincher is made out of elastic and rubber. The bones in this type of cincher is often made out of plastic and the material is stretchy and breathable. There are no busks or lacing either, with fastening being done with hooks and eyes, which can be quite flimsy. An elastic cincher will not provide the same amount of waist reduction as a corset cincher, with the cap being a maximum of 2 to 3 inches.
Which is best for you?
Elastic waist cinchers do not offer much in the way of support as they use plastic bones. There is also a possibility of the plastic warping and losing its shape. The fabric can have a tendency to bunch up and create ‘rolls’ of fat. Furthermore, the material that it is constructed out of can feel sweaty and itchy, and will stretch out and rot over time.
Elastic cinchers can however be useful for sleeping in with the intent of keeping a waist reduction at night, or for use during exercise, as it is more flexible than a genuine corset.
A corset waist cincher is perhaps the best option for beginners at corseting. As it is made out of breathable material, it is a lot more comfortable than its elastic counterpart. It will also give you a much more dramatic waist reduction.
Its advantages over a full underbust corsets include increased mobility as well as giving leave to the ribcage to expand more freely.
A corset waist cincher will give you valuable experience to progress onto full corsets, and help you decide if corseting is for you.
Ladies who are on the curvier side can often experience ‘muffin top’ syndrome, otherwise known as the spilling out of tummy flesh from the bottom and sides of a corset. This post aims to help you find a possible solution for this unsightly problem, by putting together tips from those who have conquered this issue.
- Firstly, when purchasing your corset, ensure that it is fully steel-boned. Cheap corsets are likely to be steel-boned only partially, with the gaps filled in by plastic boning. Plastic has a tendency to bend and lose its shape, not only causing you discomfort, but also subsequently giving you rolls of fat. Always invest in the best quality corset you can afford, preferably a custom made one. These will hug your curves in all the right places, and give you a cleaner silhouette.
- A modesty panel will help cover the crease a corset creates on the skin on your back, when worn bare-skinned. This crease becomes more noticeable the tighter you lace, and can occur on women of any size and shape.
- You should consider wearing a corset liner underneath. Corsets cannot be washed due to the possibility of the steel boning rusting, so wearing something between your skin and the corset keeps it clean. Furthermore, it stops your skin chafing, and reduces creases in the fabric, making your skin as smooth as possible.
- Try wearing shape control underwear underneath your corset. This will pull in all your lumps and bumps discreetly, and help you achieve the shape you desire. This is especially useful when wearing cheaper corsets which are partially or fully plastic-boned.
- Another option is to wear your underwear over the corset, to help suck in any errant fat. This makes going to the bathroom a lot easier as well.
- Before tightening up your corset, pull down on it so it sits just below your ribs. Once you have positioned your corset correctly, tighten it up just a bit. Then put one arm down the front of your corset, so your arm is sandwiched between your body and the corset, and use that hand to pull the fat from your tummy up, whilst using the other hand to pull the edge of your corset down. As the corset is tightened a bit, you tummy should stay in place, whilst you finish tightening up. This tip works best with longline corsets, but not with waist cinchers.
Corsets can have an effect on various parts of the body, some more than others. In this post we examine the relationship between wearing corsets, and its effect on a person’s muscle tone, sculpting and flexibility.
Wearing a corset for a few hours a day will encourage your muscles to stretch, and in turn help them relax. This is particularly beneficial to those who suffer from over tense muscles and suffer from back aches and cramping. However, as with anything, moderation is key. Wearing a corset for extended periods of time may have an adverse effect and cause muscle atrophy, which is a wasting away of the muscle.
Corsets encourage consistently proper posture, and this occurs even when uncorseted. This is due to muscle memory being created, which allows your back to stay upright when unsupported, without the need for conscious effort. The support that the spine receives from the corset helps it to stay erect at all times.
Most people find it difficult to maintain an erect posture, and therefore default to slouching. This can cause neck pains, and a permanent hunch. Wearing a corset serves as a constant reminder to maintain proper posture. Corsets with shoulder straps help keep shoulders back, and underbust corsets helps correct posture in the lumbar area.
Wearing corsets with a small reduction will ensure that you do not become physically over-dependent on your corset to help your posture, with it simply giving a gentle hint to stay straight.
Corsets can also help you achieve the classic, highly coveted ‘hourglass’ waist shape. Corseting immediately after exercise, when the abdomen muscles are weaker, will help them to stretch and heal in the shape of the corset. The best way to achieve this look is to perform some form of intense exercise, followed by wearing the corset whilst your muscles are still warm. This method has been proved to work better than corseting when the muscles are cold.
There is also the option to exercise with the corset on. You can make use of sports corsets that have been specifically developed to wear during exercise, as regular corsets are not made for stress and will lose their shape with strenuous activity.
Wearing a corset will stretch the muscles in your abdomen, which initially, may cause soreness. Your muscles will need time to develop elasticity, so going slowly is imperative to avoid injury. With time, abdomen flexibility will increase and you will be able to stretch further out, even when uncorseted.
Corsetry can become quite an expensive lifestyle choice. They can range in price anywhere from £50 and go up to thousands of pounds. In this post we examine if pricier corsets are really worth the luxury.
Why do some corsets cost so much?
The cost of some corsets can be the most intimidating part of embarking on the journey that is corsetry. However, with corsets you get what you pay for in terms of quality. You should never compromise on your physical comfort, so saving up for a better corset is definitely worth the investment.
The making of a corset is an art form, with many years of dedication, research and skill required to carry it out with excellence.
A corset can take upto 40 hours of construction, cost at least £50 in supplies, and a reasonable wage for the craftsman all adds up to the price of a quality product. If you choose extra options such as extra boning, lace trims or zippers, they will increase the cost of the corset. Corset makers also need to pay taxes on their sales, rent, insurance plus any utility bills which all need to be recovered from their product.
What are the different pricing levels available?
There are 3 types of corsets that are available widely-
These corsets are made purely for fashion purposes. Although they look like real corsets, they do not offer function of a real corset, which is waist reduction and the creation of an hourglass silhouette. Although fashion corsets can have a wide pricing range, it is not worth an expensive price tag. Choose from cheaper options, as they will not affect your body in any way.
These corsets are mass produced to the company’s ideal sizes. They are available off the rack, and much cheaper than a custom made one. These corsets are better suited to those who are of a ‘standard’ body shape, as they will not accommodate everyones individual lumps and bumps. These are best for those who are new to corsetry and unsure if it is for them.
This is the most expensive type of corset. A custom made corset is the best option for those who are serious about corsetry. This type of corset is made according to your own body measurements and will offer the best possible fit. This type of corset will provide the ultimate comfort, and not affect your body adversely. They are also sure to be sturdier and last longer than its cheaper counterparts.
Corsets are definitely worth the luxury price tag, as you get what you pay for. Your comfort and health are not worth compromising, so getting the best that you can afford is definitely the right decision.
As we can envision, with numerous distinctive bodies, people are having a trouble with getting the corset fit properly. The common moan we get to hear is that ‘top is quite too big’, although the bottom gusts up fairly fine (or is very small). Fixing the corset on upturned is usually very easy. This happens every so often than you think. To fix this, the hooks or loops has to be on right and pins on left as the busk is closing. As well, your top edge should always measure smaller on all your corsets.
Many of us are looking to give us a perfect hourglass figure & why not! Nonetheless, if you got a leaner, small figure without any curves, so you cannot be able to wear something like a V-shape lace closure. Another common problem is when the bottom part close up entirely or shoddier. Sizing down is not possibly fixing this except if your corset is big from everywhere. A different style like a corset which offers moderate curves will possibly work better. With much patience and time, you will find that you can finally wear a perfectly curvier corset since your shape is changing with out-and-out waist training.
Many women are finding their hip spring quite too big and also having gap concerns at the top edge or under bust of the corset. This issue is also the same; the answer is generally the same when there’s too little natural curve to bulk up the corset. New corsets with leaner frames and least curves will most likely need to create with a fewer curvy corset which offers moderate curves. A Longline corset might work, even with the stirring curve and it provides since this sits up directly above the hip & it does not have same hip springs. If you are having a small hips and waist, but a very noticeable rib cage, this will give you a “V” lace in place of your top doesn’t close over your ribs. If you are very leanand there’s no fluff which will help you to wear the corset, wearing a Longline corset upside down will do the crafty trick. You will not wanting additional hip room, then why don’t you flip it!
Eventually, there’s corset length. The Standard corset is very common due the excessive curve & longline style which certainly emphasizes curves & high back lessens that surplus back swelling. The trouble is that everybody cannot wear a longline corset. If you catch the standard corset puckers into the breasts or it’s making very uncomfortable for you when you sit down as the corset’s bottom edge digs into the legs, so probably this corset is very long and it is not meant for you. Longline corset is your best substitute to standard corset with same curves at your waist, with no extra length or distance at top & bottom edges.