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 about it is that it works, regardless of your size or body type.
On top of accentuating that waist, corsets can also compress your core muscles such that your midsection’s thermal activity and perspiration increase as you work out. 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 planning on buying a corset, you will find plenty of them on the Internet alone, but are they all made the same way? Most certainly not, and the following are what you should consider when you go shopping:
Do you plan to work out with your corset? Buy a workout band, which helps pump up your sweat in all the right places as you exercise. Want to look beautifully sharp in the office? Buy an everyday cincher in a neutral tone so that it’s easy to hide under your clothes. Working on that postpartum excess weight? Get a corset with three rows of hook – you’ll need lots of space to size down).
Waist trainers nowadays are usually made of latex, which is very durable and gives solid all-day compression. 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 will also be a factor in choosing the best corset for you. For example, if you’re petite, you’ll need a shorter corset.
If you need more bust support, get a vest style; if your bust-to-waist ratio is larger than usual, buy something with adjustable straps. If you have a particularly longer torso, you can easily buy 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 should lie flat against your skin and be level with the floor. When pressed against you, the tape should have enough room for you to slip a finger underneath. If it’s excessively tight, you may never wear the corset because of extreme discomfort.