• Mon, Feb 11 2013

I Tried Corset Training

Would you like to have a 16 inch waist? When my fiancé told me about a mutual friend of ours that had been corset training and had gotten down to 16 inches I wanted to try it, too!. image_1359674943929844 I do not even want a 16 inch waist. I’d be happy with maybe 20 inches. Which should be easy, tight? Little did I know, corset training is no joke. It’s not comfortable and not very much fun. But then, I’ve always felt that sometimes, looking good involves a little pain. But how much pain?

Maybe it’s best to begin with a little history on corsets: They’ve been around since the 1500’s. Women of the French Court wore them as undergarments, to support their breasts rather than a bra. They were made with iron and velvet. By the 1600’s Europeans were wearing them, and the iron was replaced by wood and whalebone, a slightly more comfortable option. Iron corsets were typically fastened at the front. For more serious shaping abilities, it became the norm for someone else to help a lady into one and cinch it up for dear life by lacing it.

By the 1800’s the corset went through a little transition where it was used mainly for breast support, with an added bonus of slimming the torso. The empire waist look was in at that time, so no one really cared all that much went all below the boob area.

However, with the invention of the bra around 1900, corsets soon began being used mainly for taking in waists. Oddly, it was around this time that the victorian corset took over and people went crazy lacing their waists. This is when tightlacing began. We’re talking hardcore women, throwing themselves into corsets, and lacing it up as tightly as possible. Doing so, incidentally, could cause some kind of moderate damage and numbing to internal organs – especially the liver.

Luckily the liver is a magical thing which can regenerate itself fairly quickly, especially when it comes to binge drinking and with corset wearing. Here is a link with everything you want to know about tightlacing, and some things that you probably do not.

Tightlacing was the key to successful (yet really painfully uncomfortable) results with waist training. According to articles dating back to the late 1800’s Girls as young as eight years old would start “training”. They would never remove their “stays”, as they called them, unless had to bathe.

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If you judge from the picture, that is true commitment at an awfully young age. Thank God Empire waists came back in style, and women could literally take a deep breath and not feel confined in a steel cage around their bodies.

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  • Jenna

    Haha interesting… Honestly, losing weight has a lot to do with what you’re eating and more important NOT eating. You should check out this blog on how important it is to avoid certain foods. Helped me a lot, and may help you too: http://lose-weight-naturally-blog.com

  • Cat

    There’s some good info in here, but I just want to add something: wearing a corset should never hurt. If it hurts, you’re doing something wrong. At most, it may be slightly uncomfortable as you break your corset in and it settles to your body. You should try it out properly before claiming it’s painful.

    Also, you start out at very low reductions — 1 to 2 inches, possibly even less, while breaking it in. You don’t just start out yanking it shut.

    I actually find shapewear to be less comfortable than true corsets. Shapewear twists and warps and creates pressure points on the body that a fitted corset will not. And going from never wearing anything with compression, to trying to sleep in it all night, is a very bad idea.

    I got an inexpensive off-the-rack corset for a costume event. I really had no intention of wearing it regularly. But I did take the time to break it in properly, because I wanted to be comfortable during the whole evening.

    After a couple weeks breaking it in, I found two things I didn’t expect.

    1. My back pain was better. It offers great support for my messed up lumbar region, and helps remind me to stay straight even after I take it off. It also helps my cramps. My posture is completely straight and I feel very confident.

    2. I had accidentally trained my waist! I was just tightening it as far as was comfortable, and I figured that since I’m thin to start with, I’d never be able to fully close it unless I was dedicated (my waist is a bit over 24in, corset is 20in). But I found myself, weirdly, nearly able to shut it with no discomfort after maybe 3 weeks, even though I had made no effort to do so.

    I’m not going to be getting a corset that’s any smaller, but I am now considering getting a custom one for support and also just because the look of it has grown on me. My off-the-rack corset is nice, but it’s not completely perfect for my shape. And color me shocked, but I like it a lot more than I expected to.

    Please check out http://lucycorsetry.com/ and her YouTube for more information. I learned almost everything from her, and it helped me a lot.