When to Size Down My Corset

When to Size Down My Corset

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just snap our fingers and change our appearance?  I could achieve Megan Rapinoe’s candyfloss hair without having to spend half a Saturday double processing.  Unfortunately, I’m merely a sad muggle without an ounce of magic, so like everyone else, I have to modify my body the old-fashioned way.

When it comes to waist training, we’d all love to see instant results, and to a degree, that happens each time you cinch up your corset strings.  You’ll enjoy immediate smoothing and slimming the moment you put on your corset.  Unfortunately, you’re not going to downsize your waist by six inches right out of the gate, at least not without some serious discomfort or fainting.

You might be chomping at the bit to downsize to a smaller corset when waist training, but you need to understand that this is a process, and it will take time to do it right.  Still, there are a few good ways to determine when you’re ready to downsize.

Full Closure or Overlap

When you size correctly, your corset should fit your dimensions, but leave a wide gap where you lace up, ostensibly to ensure you have room to tighten the laces as you work toward a smaller waist.  With patience and persistence, you will see that gap narrow over time until it is fully closed, with the edges touching when laces are pulled tight.

When this happens, you cannot continue to tighten further.  The edges of the opening in your corset should never overlap, as this can cause discomfort, damage the garment, and impact your overall results.  If you’re getting close to closing the gap, you might want to consider ordering a smaller size so you can start seasoning it before your current corset no longer suits your needs.

Less Compression

Over time, a seasoned corset can start to feel like a second skin, and it’s easy to get stuck in the comfort zone.  While you can keep wearing a favorite corset even after it fully closes, you won’t continue to progress toward a smaller waist once this occurs, although you should be able to maintain.

What might clue you in that it’s time to downsize is when you start noticing less compression.  When you first reach a full closure with your current size of corset, it may still feel snug and secure, but if you start to feel like you’re just not getting the same level of support and compression when your garment is tightly laced, it’s time to consider a smaller size.

Keep in mind, corsets are designed to last, despite the pressures you place on them, but they are only fabric, and over time, they may start to loosen and stretch.  Waist training requires rigid support and compression, and if you don’t feel it, it’s time to go shopping.

When You Lose Weight

Many women waist train and work to lose weight at the same time, and doing so can deliver speedy results when it comes to trimming your waist line.  It can also put your corsets out of commission fairly quickly.  If you’ve lost a significant amount of weight and your corsets are now closing fully under laces, it’s definitely time to downsize if you want to continue waist training.

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