The practice of wearing a corset regularly to highlight the body’s curves and reduce the natural waistline is known as waist training. What’s great is that this trick is effective for all body types and sizes.
Besides accentuating your waist, corsets also provide compression of your core muscles, increasing your midsection’s thermal activity and perspiration during workouts. They also improve your posture automatically and eliminate inches from your waist as you’re wearing them. And because it will be uncomfortable to overeat with something wrapped around your tummy, it will be easier to control your food portions. Of course, we all know what this means – a confidence boost and motivation to keep your body in great shape.
If you’re looking to buy a corset, you will find many out there online, but are they all they same? Most certainly not, and the following are what you should consider when you go shopping:
Are you thinking of working out with your corset? Get a workout band, which is sure to get you sweating in all the right places while you exercise. Want to look beautifully sharp in the office? Go with a neutral-color everyday cincher that’s easy to hide under your outfit. Want to lose postpartum excess weight? A corset with three rows of hook is great to give you space while you’re sizing down.
Most waist trainers these days are made of latex, which is durable and gives solid compression all day. If you’re sensitive to latex, don’t worry. You can always buy traditional lace corsets, and make them steel-boned for a more dramatic effect. If you want to keep it light and comfortable, get a cotton corset or a no-closure cincher.
Your Body Type
Your body type will obviously have an effect on which corset is right for you. If you’re petite, for instance, a shorter corset will be suitable.
For more bust support, buy vest-style; if you have a bigger than usual bust-to-waist ratio, buy something that comes with adjustable straps. For a long torso, get a longer waist trainer.
Ordering the Right Size
The most important measurement you need to take when buying a corset is, of course, your waist. Using a measuring tape, get the circumference of your waist’s narrowest part – about two inches on top of your navel where your torso makes a natural bend. The tape must run flat against your skin and parallel to the floor. When pressed against you, the tape should have enough room for you to slip a finger underneath. If it gets too tight, you might end up buying a corset you won’t even wear because it’s too uncomfortable.