Are women who waist train striving for an impossible beauty standard? Or are there actually other benefits to the practice?
Not everyone who wears a corset does so for waist-training purposes. From menstrual cramps to migraines, back injuries to bad posture, there are many benefits of a corset. However, if you don’t have any of those issues and are wearing a corset specifically for waist-training, you’re still going to see some positive changes.
Your Natural Waist Size Will Reduce
While corsets are not a replacement for exercise or healthy eating, they do help reduce your natural waist size. Each of our corsets are fitted with steel bones, which, over time, work with your body to promote an hourglass shape.
In the Victorian age, many women who corseted were attempting to meet ideal beauty standards of the time. A tiny waist paired with large hoop skirts and petticoats was the height of fashion. Although that’s not the case today, many females still strive for an hourglass figure. Waist-training is the only safe, healthy, and semi-permanent way to reach this goal.
Your Core & Back Muscles Will Strengthen
In addition to shaping your waist, a corset will also make you stand and sit up straight. Over time, this will lead to a stronger core and back muscles. Athletes, such as runners, swimmers, and body builders, often take advantage of this benefit by wearing a corset in their down time.
Many people hear of this corset advantage and decide to kill two birds with one stone by exercising in a corset. To find out the many reasons that this practice is bad for your health and overall workout, click here.
Your Clothes Will Instantly Look Better
A new study from the International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology, and Education, found that the average American woman is a size 16. Contrary to negative comments that have been made by internet trolls, this number is not an indication of women’s health. Rather, the study suggests that clothing sizes and what the industry considers “plus-size” has set a standard that is not based in reality.
Needless to say, the study also tells us that there are many women (myself included!) who wouldn’t mind their waists being a bit slimmer, especially when wearing a special outfit. By cinching the waist and forcing you to stand up straight, corsets can take just about any outfit from fail to fab. Be sure to check out our guides to wearing a corset under a dress and wearing a corset under everyday clothes.
You’ll Have a Healthier Lifestyle
Corsets do slightly compress your organs, but the idea that organs are “rearranged” or damaged is completely false. However, corsets can will prevent you from overeating. Since your stomach will be a bit compressed, it won’t be comfortable to eat until you feel ready to burst, and carbonated beer and soda? These types of beverages will cause bloat and make you feel like a “fat man in a little coat.” No one wants that!
With your core and back strengthening and improved posture, you may also find yourself more motivated to hit the gym then you have been in years. Whether you chose to run, do yoga, or lift weights, working out is a lot more enjoyable with a strong core and back.
You’ll Have a Healthy Mind & Renewed Confidence
It’s no secret that when we look good, we feel good. Corsets have given many women (and men) renewed confidence in their bodies and themselves. They’ve also helped transgender women achieve a feminine body shape, helping them attain the body that they always knew they were meant to have.
When a person’s health is good and they know they look good, too, a lot of anxiety and fear about putting themselves forward and facing the world begins to dissipate. Why not apply for that promotion at work? Or get up on stage during karaoke night? All kinds of activities, objectives, and plans are more achievable when you’re in a healthy state of mind.
If you are just beginning your waist training journey and would like to learn more, be sure to check out our FAQs. You can also contact us with any questions, as well as follow us on Facebook to see more corset tips, tricks, and news.
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…