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There’s something to be said for a soft, feminine appearance, but as people age, it’s natural to develop unwanted extra padding around the midsection.
The natural inclination, from a biological standpoint, tends toward complacency. In times of abundance, bodies want to rest and pack on the pounds in preparation for famine, and it can become more difficult to stave off unwanted fat around the core.
There are all kinds of names for that extra padding – muffin top, spare tire, love handles, etc. Whatever you call it, you probably don’t want it hanging out over the top of your jeans. It’s not comfortable, and most people don’t find it particularly cute.
However, when you put on a corset to slim your waist and enhance your hourglass proportions, you may notice that a corset muffin top develops, even if your tummy wasn’t particularly prominent before. What’s up with that, and how can you combat it?
What Causes a Corset Muffin Top?
There are a couple of culprits behind a muffin top. First, there’s your body. If you’re like many women, you’ve developed a bit of a pooch in the belly area over time. It could be related to pregnancy and childbirth or a bit of extra weight. Even if you have abs of steel, you may have a stubborn layer of fat on top.
Generally speaking, this doesn’t create a muffin top by itself. What makes the muffin top visible is your clothing, and tighter garments are likely to accentuate this area.
With that being said, you can choose clothing that features the right fit and cut to camouflage these areas. High-rise jeans, for example, are preferable to low-cut. The same basic principle applies to corsets.
How to Stop the Muffin Top
Waist training corsets are outfitted with rigid steel boning and robust textiles, designed to hold up to compression forces when the garment is cinched tight. This is how you’re able to create enough tension to slim your waistline.
However, choosing the wrong corset could lead to bulging where you want it least – around the edges. Whether you’re dealing with a muffin top at the bottom edge or back fat at the top, you’ll find that selecting the right size, spring, and model of corset can help to create a smoother appearance.
There’s no way to overstate this – it is imperative that you choose the right size of corset when waist training, not only to avoid a corset muffin top but to ensure comfort, safety, and the best overall results. This means taking accurate measurements, including:
- Natural waist
- Torso length
If you’re interested in overbust corsets, you’ll also need to measure the bust. You might think you need to order a size down, but this isn’t always the case. Oftentimes, you can order using your measurements alone, and if you need to size down, the corset maker will provide a chart to help you order the correct size.
A Note on Spring
The spring of the corset is an often-overlooked feature for beginners and even seasoned waist training enthusiasts. The spring is the ratio of the waist size to the top or bottom edge of the garment.
In other words, it’s the degree to which the corset flares out from the waist. If you’re curvier or your body has more give, a more pronounced spring is appropriate and should help to eliminate the bulges that could form if the edges of the garment cut in too much.
The Right Style for Your Body
There are a couple of main styles of corset to choose from, starting with underbust or overbust models. Within these categories, you may have modifications like the tiny waspie or the extended longline. In order to prevent issues like the corset muffin top or back rolls, you need to select the right style for your body.
The best way to do this is by trying before you buy. If this isn’t an option because you’re ordering online, make sure you understand the return policy, so you can try several styles to find the one that fits like a glove and delivers the sleek contouring you prefer.
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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…