Corsets reshape your body, creating a smooth, hourglass silhouette. Today, corsets are commonly worn as lingerie or for historical costuming; however, they may also be worn in lieu of a modern body shaper. The modern corset typically cinches the waistline and supports the bust, while historical corsets may have a slightly different shape.
How Corsets Work
Corsets mechanically reshape the waist, creating a smaller waistline and a more rounded silhouette. The body looks narrower from the front when corseted, even with only minimal waist reduction. Quality corsets rely upon steel boning, durable fabrics and secure, strong laces to reshape the body. Wearing a corset can provide support to the back — but it also shifts the position of the organs and reduces the ability to eat full meals, breathe comfortably and move freely.
While styles vary, the underbust corset is preferred for waist shaping and waist training. This is the most comfortable corset to wear, allowing a moderate degree of movement. A Victorian-style underbust corset extends relatively low over the stomach, limiting any protrusion of the belly area, curves in dramatically at the waist and ends below the breasts. Custom-made to fit your body, the corset will create the appearance of a slimmer, curvier shape.
Weight Loss and Long-Term Changes
Corsets, by virtue of restricting the waist and stomach, limit food intake somewhat. Eating a large meal may be uncomfortable and the corset is apt to cause some amount of indigestion. Worn regularly, a corset may, therefore, lead to weight loss. When the original corsets were worn regularly, they could permanently change the waist, creating an hourglass shape — though this practice is not supported by the modern medical community.
While occasional corset wear is likely harmless, if you’re planning to wear one regularly, you should consult your doctor. The corset compresses the lungs and liver and may lead to constipation. Check with your health care provider to determine that your lungs and liver are healthy and avoid corsets altogether before age 21, as the organs are not fully developed.
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