You know you look and feel fabulous when you wear them, but do corsets change your body shape for real? You can see noticeable slimming and enhanced curves the moment you put on a corset.
Understanding how they are made and exactly what a corset does to your body provides more insight into what is happening beneath those steel bones.
Laces, Bones, and Fabric: Corset Basics
Corsets are designed specifically to support and compress your torso. Durable but comfortable fabric panels can withstand heavy wear while still feeling soft against the body.
The steel boning provides structure to the garment and helps to keep your posture upright, and back laces allow you to adjust your corset for a perfect fit every time.
All of these elements combine to compress any extra fluffiness and redistribute it to other areas. If you’ve worn a corset, you know your waist can be immediately reduced up to two full inches. That extra padding doesn’t just magically disappear. It redistributes to your hips and bust to create that hourglass shape.
Waist-Training vs. Corset Wearing
Wearing a corset only changes your body shape for the few hours you have it on. Making a semi-permanent change requires more than donning a corset once or twice a month. Waist training, which is wearing a specific type of corset on a specific long-term schedule, can help you make longer-lasting changes.
Wearing a waist trainer forces your body into a more correct and upright posture. Your spine becomes straighter, your shoulders move back, and you stand a little taller. True, you might start to slouch again as soon as you take the garment off, but in time, good posture can become a new habit you maintain with or without the corset.
Waist training doesn’t cause weight loss, but it can support your weight loss efforts. Wearing a compression garment puts pressure on the abdomen and your stomach. That mild pressure can make you feel full with smaller portions.
If you’re trying to shed a few pounds, wearing a waist trainer during mealtime could help you reach your goals sooner.
Setting Realistic Expectations
Do corsets change your body shape? Yes, they can, but it’s important to be realistic about what any undergarment can and can’t do. Even the most dedicated waist trainer won’t maintain their changes long-term if they go back to a lifestyle of eating doughnuts for breakfast and letting their gym membership expire.
The changes possible from waist training are semi-permanent and depend as much on your behaviors as on a corset. To set achievable and maintainable goals, the first step is to know your body. Your natural body shape won’t be dramatically altered, but it can be enhanced.
Choosing a Corset Shape
The classic hourglass shape is what most people think of when they think of corseting, but not all corsets create that shape. Just like human bodies, corsets come in a range of shapes, and there’s one that will help you create the silhouette you want:
- Hourglass: Nips in the waist and accentuates hips and bust
- Conical: Tapers straight from bust to waist and rounds at the hips
- Pipestem: Similar to an hourglass but with a more defined waist
- S-bend: Creates a bustle-like effect over the buttocks and hips
Selecting the right corset to make the most of your natural body shape helps you see results faster. Instead of fighting against your real proportions, the right shape of corset will enhance all your best features.
Lacing It All Up
Do corsets change your body shape? Yes, they make immediate temporary changes when you first put them on, and with dedication to waist training, they can help create semi-permanent changes. Either way, starting with the right size and style of corset and keeping your expectations realistic is the key to corseting success.
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My name is Rachel, I am the owner of Glamorous Corset, a small business founded by me in 2010. Back In 2005, I was in a car accident that left me with a herniated disk. Much to my surprise I learned steel boned corsets were beneficial to several medical injuries including mine. I was always intrigued with corsetry, their history and their beautiful aesthetic. I love sharing knowledge about corsets, educating my wonderful readers and breaking the negative stigma related to corsetry. In combination with my years of research and personal experience I hope my articles are useful and can help anyone who has struggled with some of the same things I have. More about me…