I'm really considering getting a corset to really accentuate my curves. I know there are some benefits and some risks. I've heard it decreases appetite, which is good for dieting, and that it keeps a straight posture. But then I've also heard that you can't go too long (a matter of days) without one once you've started wearing it.
Has anyone had any first-hand experience with a corset/waist cincher, or have do you know anyone with one, and how do they like it?
Wow! Thank you so much for all of that. You really put the effort in, and I appreciate it x
Yeah thanks!! Your advice has been LOADS of help Mary. It makes a huge difference being able to talk to someone who has actually already started the process. And thank you Miss Em for starting this discussion. I don't know where else I'd be able to find this information! Trust me, a Google search is fruitless.
Hey you know what would be fun?! If we started a corset wearing / waist training group on here. We could share our progress and tips we learn and share photos etc etc. Anyone game???
I think a corset/waist training group is a great idea Lissie. Although, all the advice on this thread was just so great!
I had so much trouble searching the web for advice, and most of it was from people who hadn't worn them before, when I was searching for first-hand advice. So all the feedback on here was very, very useful!
I would be down to be in a corset group! Not sure when I will be able to invest in one but I would love to hear about it, and learn from others in the meantime!
I'm a member of a corset/girdle group on here if you wanted to look in my groups!
Let me start out by saying: I have no personal experience with corsets (so feel free to disregard my opinion on this matter). I have only ever laced my mother-in-law up in one of them, for a special occasion, and vividly remember the skin on her back folding over itself multiple times in order for that blasted thing to close... Leading me to think your waist may look sexy, but your back sure as hell won't. ;)
Anyway, the thing I wanted to add to this discussion is my concern over waist training, specifically. I have seen an exhibition on 'fashion though the ages', and of course the corsetry era was featured. Have you ladies ever seen X-rays or scans of people who undergo extensive 'waist training'? Because I did in that exhibition, and the results aren't pretty...! Organs shift within the body and are changed in shape and volume, distorted... Most probably leading to health complaints in the long run.
I don't imagine wearing a corset occasionally (say, only a couple of times a year) will do your body harm, but wearing a very restrictive corset often likely will. So all I wanted to say to you lovely ladies: please treat your body with care! Your natural curves are beautiful as they are and health is the most important thing.
I'm test wearing the Rago Waist Nipper 821 today, all day, to see if I can wear it with my retro stuff to work. So far so good -- very comfortable and I'm forgetting that I'm wearing it. You'll see on online review to size down and they are correct.
I know PUG has carried this but is currently out of stock. But it is readily available at other online sources.
So I'm also interested in corsetting. I also live in Australia in a small town, so no where to buy a corsett. Which means basically I have to buy online. Everyone has been mentioning What Katie Did, so I might go with them...
One question though do the laces show up underneath your clothes? Particularly the knot.
Yes the laces can show up under your clothes. Actually on a recent visit to What Katie Did I asked about just that. My wonderful friend there showed me how to tie the know then to place the loops under and up the corset so as the avoid the bulge. Another option is to use the corset as an "outside the clothes" item so that it becomes the focus and it totally visible.
Well I've' been a Steampunk for about eight years now so I've worn a few corsets from a few makers in that time. I find that the kind you can find at stores like Spencers are alright but they won't last that long. The best corset that I've ever bought came from Corset Story, which is my favourite go-to site for Steampunk/Neo-Victorian and even renaissance corsets. It was a steel boned one and I was able to wear it for about ten hours at this year's Fan Expo convention without too much discomfort (they're always going to get soar by the end of a long day).
I've never heard of the advice Jean gave on wearing a tube top underneath your corset to prevent breakouts in the summer. That's actually REALLY good advice that I wish I had before Fan Expo. Thank you for the tip!
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