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by K. Bright
Tightlacing refers to the practice of wearing a corset regularly to achieve a small hourglass waist. People who tightlace do so for various reasons. Some strive to acheive a natural hourglass figure. Others simply enjoy the sensation of a corset tightly laced around their body. Corsets provide great support for those with chronic back problems, and some wear them regularly for that reason.
A few modern corset enthusiasts have even achieved the classic wasp waist. Cathie Jung holds the current world record for the smallest waist at 15 inches. Pinup models Dita von Teese and Masuimi Max regularly corset down to 16 inches. A 10 inch reduction is possible with prolonged figure training, although one's size and dimensions may limit that to 6-8 inches maximum.
A Brief History of Tightlacing
The "wasp waisted" look dates back to the 19th century, when Victorian women wore corsets on a daily basis and a slim waist was considered the standard of beauty. Corsets and tight lacing fell out of style in the early 20th century, spurred on by the women's sufferage movement as well as the loose, boyish "flapper" clothing of the 1920s.
A resurgence of popularity in the 1950s saw the corset returning to women's wardrobes, appearing on pinup models and celebrities such as Bettie Page, Marilyn Monroe and Sophia Loren. Corsets fell out of favor once again with the women's liberation movement of the 1960s, and tightlacing became regarded as a form of patriarchial oppression.
Medical literature from the 19th century warned of the ill-effects of tight-lacing -- broken ribs, deformed organs, weakened muscles. Opponents of tightlacing cited it as the cause behind everything from hysteria to loose morals to barrenness. The wasp-waisted look seemed relegated to history.
Despite the unfounded negative reputation that corsets have received, they are back in fashion yet again. The negative health effects of tightlacing observed in the 19th century were the result of limited medical knowledge as well as uncomfortable, ill-fitting corsets. Modern science has refuted the notion that tightlacing is harmful to the internal organs, and advances in corsetry have made corsets that are comfortable and well-fitting.
Corset Tightlacing Tips
Whatever reason you choose to wear a corset, there are a few rules of thumb you should know. If you are wearing a corset for long periods of time, use a corset liner or other tight-fitting breathable garment underneath. Make sure you moisturize your skin beforehand, as dry itchy skin can be a problem when wearing corsets for extended periods.
Tighten your corset gradually. Don't go too tight at first, as it can cause discomfort and possible damage to your corset. Once you've settled into your corset, you may tighten it again. If you feel any pain or discomfort, loosen the corset. Remember, tightlacing should be enjoyable.
Don't eat heavy meals, spicy foods or carbonated beverages when tightly laced. Be sure to drink plenty of water. The tendency to feel full sooner after eating while wearing a corset can be helpful in supporting weight loss goals.
If you're figure training, it will be necessary to wear your corset for at least 12 hours a day. Many dedicated tightlacers wear their corsets nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It can take at least 1-2 years of daily wear to acheive a permanent waist reduction.
Buying Your First Tight Lacing Corset
Choosing a comfortable, well-made corset is essential. An inexpensive lingerie corset is not suitable for tightlacing. The best option is to have a corset custom made to your measurements. While expensive, a custom made corset will ensure the most comfortable fit. However, a ready-to-wear corset from a reputable manufacturer will make a good and inexpensive starter corset, as long as it properly fits your measurements.
An underbust corset is your best option, as they are less noticable under clothing and more comfortable for everyday wear. A 4 to 6 inch reduction is suitable for a starter corset. Choose a sturdy breathable polyester or cotton-based fabric such as satin. Leather is a good option, although it is much more expensive and not as breathable.
Be sure not to overtighten your new corset, or else it may tear. Break it in gradually, and tighten it just a little bit at a time. Occasional cleaning of your corset will be necessary, depending on the fabric. Do not put your corset in the laundry machine or dryer! Sturdy cotton or polyester fabrics can be carefully hand-washed. Leather will need to be spot cleaned or wiped down with a damp cloth. Hang by the laces to dry.