It’s no secret that corsets can shrink the waist. They’ve been used to do so since well before the times of Downton Abbey and Marie Antoinette – traceable all the way back to 3000 and 1600 B.C.E when ancient greek Minoans constricted and shaped their waists, painting pottery to showcase their accentuated curves.
Humans clearly love a shapely waist and have for centuries.
So how can we use corseting to achieve a smaller waist – reliably and comfortably?
We start by making the choice to try waist training – the practice of wearing a corset regularly with the goal or effect of reducing or maintaining a particular waist size.
This doesn’t have to be extreme or uncomfortable – in fact many people are misinformed that they need to wear a corset very tightly all the time. This simply isn’t true – like a new leather shoe, a corset will take time to mould to the body but should only ever be snug, NOT TIGHT. Like the shoe!
Finding the right waist training corset
Once we have made the decision to try waist training, we need to find the right corset fit for us.
Most people will start by seeking a corset size 2-4″ smaller than their natural waist. Because this first corset can become too big over time (due to the waist getting smaller), many people choose a lower priced, flexible spiral steel boned underbust or waspie (slightly smaller height than underbust) corset that wraps around the waist comfortably. Mesh is a popular choice for this starter phase because it has more flexibility and does not require the conventional amount of time to ‘season’ – which means to wear the corset for 6-8 weeks to allow it to loosen and adjust to natural curvatures of our body.
Getting used to wearing our corset
Once our corset arrives, we start to wear it at home loosely, increasing upwards from 20-30 minutes as comfortable. Remember, this daily corset wearing will be very loose wear – never tight – and the edges will stick out awkwardly until our body and corset adjust to each other. We might find that the corset is snug around our belly but nowhere else.
Wearing the corset snugly over time will prevent over-stretching the belly during meals, while still allowing very comfortable eating. This has the effect of experiencing the feeling of fullness earlier and effortlessly helps us to reduce portions, often causing weight loss as well as waist reduction. Some youtube corseters document their deliberate weight loss by corseting and waist reduction journey down from a 30 inch waist.
Wearing our corset out in public
When we are comfortable with wearing our corset for longer periods, we may consider wearing it out in public. This can be done under clothing, called ‘stealth’, or over clothing in dramatic style. It’s important to wear our corset appropriately – for both appropriate times that are comfortable for our body, and for appropriate activities that will not damage our body or the corset. It is best not to wear corsets during exercise, illness or sleep so the body can react and recover naturally. However, some people who love wearing corsets do so 24hrs a day, only taking them off to shower. This is often seen more commonly in the theme of ‘tightlacing’ with the goal of reducing the waist more than 4-6 inches.
Reducing waist to a goal size
Wearing a corset snugly every day for as many hours as comfortable (often 4-8hrs average), especially during mealtimes will cause slimming of the waist over time and gives a beautiful hourglass curve effortlessly. The results are not permanent and only remain while wearing the corset, but many people notice that the weight loss from the corseted meal portion reduction causes their natural waist to become slimmer when un-corseted too. Some people want to aim for a specific goal waist size, such as their waist before gaining weight or post-pregnancy and this can be achieved by using the steps above and then when the corset is completely closed, purchasing a new smaller corset and repeating the process until the goal waist size is achieved. To maintain this waist size simply keep wearing the appropriately sized corset every day and the waist will be restricted to that waist size – for example if the goal is 24″ and the current natural waist 26-28″, purchasing and wearing a 24″ corset until it is completely closed will keep the waist at that shape. It is not recommended to buy a corset over 6″ smaller than your natural waist size as it may be uncomfortable and ill fitted due to being open too widely at the back laces.
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Thanks to references from History Of Corsetry, with Wikihow article on this topic HERE.