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Intro to tightlacing

Posted By TheCaravan on Mar 16, 2009 at 9:13PM

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Tightlacing Corsets

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.

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Tips on purchasing a corset

Posted By TheCaravan on Mar 15, 2009 at 10:45PM

Great tips on purchasing a quality corset! To read the full article go here: http://www.sheknows.com/articles/801721.htm

Real corsets have steel boning
Confusingly, there are bodices, which look somewhat like corsets -- and then there are true corsets. Bodices will be much cheaper in both price and quality, and they will not have any boning of any kind in them.

The boning in corsets is necessary to keep that taut design that stops the corset from folding with your body. If you’re looking at a corset in a shop, you should be able to bend it to test the boning. If it does not snap back, there may be a problem. In fact, if the boning isn’t done the right way and you notice it kinking instead of snapping back, that’s a sign that it will press and dig into your flesh, which could become quite uncomfortable.

Make sure the fabric is high quality
There are fashion corsets, and then there are real, traditional corsets. A silk corset that has no strong fabric underneath it is called a fashion corset. It’s more like a bodice in the fact that you want the corset look without the expense.

True corsets need to have strong fabric, such as heavyweight canvas, which supports the structure. This is not necessarily the outer layer that people see. Actually, there is usually a fashion layer that has fabric more pleasing to the eye. You should be able to yank on a corset’s fabric without anyone worrying that you’re going to rip it apart.

Lace-up corsets need strong laces
Fashion magazines often paint pictures of corsets with ribbons running down a woman's back with everything looking and fitting beautifully. While it might look lovely, these won’t last unless the ribbon is somehow incredibly strong. Most lace-up corsets use something similar to shoe strings because these get the job done nicely, and they won't give too much or break too easily.

Sizes are different
When you are buying a corset, you need to make sure that you realize the sizes are not standard dress sizes. Corsets are sized by waist sizes and measurements, so the size number will be centered on the actual size of your waist in inches.

Generally you will want to choose a corset that is a little bit smaller than your waist in order to attain that curvy, hourglass figure. If possible, it is always best to get one custom-made specifically for your body, though if you find one that is around your size it should work well also.

Don't cheap out
Most importantly, remember that with corsets you get what you pay for, so be prepared to get the type of corset you are willing to buy. If you are not willing to spend over one hundred dollars, chances are you are not going to get anything of a decent quality. You will be better off saving up your money for a good corset, rather than buying just anything you can afford. You might feel it is expensive, but a high-quality corset will last for years.

Sleek, stylish and sexy

Corsets are the epitome of sexy style. Many of them can be coupled with more traditional attire and worn in public, though this is no longer traditional the way it once was.

Today, most corsets would have to be modified to be worn in pubic unless you were wearing them to a BDSM party or to go clubbing. For example, in the case of an under the bust corset, you would obviously need to wear a shirt under this to make accommodations for the exposure of flesh. (Of course, corsets like this are often best left to those special parties or at home with that special someone.)

It's no wonder that stars like Rihanna, Chloe Sevigny, Hayden Panettiere, Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss and Sarah Michelle Gellar have all adopted this sexy fashion statement at some point or another. Now that you have discovered how to find a real corset, maybe it's time to slip into something sexy and show off all you're worth.

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