The Ultimate Guide to Corsets

Guide to Purchasing a Waist Training Corset

Traditionally, “waist training” refers to the use of steel boned corsets to develop a perceivable hourglass shape. By cinching a waist training corset tighter, a woman’s floating ribs will be pulled and even do some rearranging of her internal organs to successfully decrease the circumference of her waist. The outcome is semi-permanent, which means that continued corseting is required after the goal reduction has been reached.

If you are thinking about buying one for yourself, you have a lot of options. Even if it is certainly fun to shop for them, it can also be somewhat overwhelming. Before going out to buy a waist training corset, here are some of the top tips that you need to keep in mind.

Identify Your Size

As a rule of thumb, if your natural waist (where you bend side to side) is under 38″, choose a corset that is 4-7 inches smaller than your natural waist. If it is over 38″, purchase one that is 7-10 inches smaller than your natural waist. Your waist trainer should be adequately tight to pull your waist in on the 3rd hook closure. It must not interfere with your breathing and there should not be any pain. The shaper has to close correctly without any bulging.

Decide between an Under-bust or Over-bust Corset

Waist training corsets are available either as under-bust or over-bust. True to the name, the under-bust corset is located the bust, offering no coverage of the breasts. This can be beneficial since they can be worn with various types of bras, pasties, or even over your other garments to create a costume or a fashion statement. On the other hand, the over-bust corset offers coverage of the breasts and is available in a extensive range of neckline styles. You can also get them with or without straps.

Identify Type of Boning

You can find steel boning in two different forms, spiral steel and flat steel. Spiral steel tends to be more flexible than flat steel, but they are usually both used in the same corset. Although corsets with steel boning are typically a lot more expensive, the advantages of buying a corset with this type of boning are certainly worth the additional cost. A steel boned corset can be used for waist training if the overall construction of the corset is sufficiently strong. Double boned corsets, which are made from steel, are primarily used for waist training. They have twice as much boning as a typical corset so they provide more support and may also be laced tighter.

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