The practice of wearing a corset regularly to highlight the body’s curves and reduce the natural waistline is known as waist training. The good news is this trick can work for any body type or size.
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. Not to mention controlling your food intake will be easier because overeating with something around your tummy will be too uncomfortable. Of course, we know exactly what that means – you become more confident and more motivated to keep looking fit.
If you’re looking to buy a corset, you will find many out there online, but are they all they same? Definitely not, and below are the factors to be considered as 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. Want to lose postpartum excess weight? Buy a corset that comes with three rows of hook – you need that space as you size down.
Most waist trainers these days are made of latex, which is durable and gives solid compression all day. No worries if you’re allergic to latex. You can always buy traditional lace corsets, and make them steel-boned for a more dramatic effect. Cotton or no-closure cinchers are great if you want to keep light and comfy.
Your body type will obviously have an effect on which corset is right 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.
How to Order the Correct Size
Your waist is, of course, the most important measurement you have to take when buying a corset. 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. Make sure to leave just enough space to slip a finger underneath the tape. If it’s excessively tight, you may never wear the corset because of extreme discomfort.