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What to do with your Old/ Too-Large Corsets

If you use a corset for waist training or if you happen to lose weight after you purchase a corset, you may find that you’ve “outshrunk” your corset and you may choose to purchase a shiny new corset that fits you better. But how do you really know when you’re finished with your old corset, and what can you do with it now that it’s too big for you?

 

Signs that you have outshrunk your corset:

If you can easily close the corset so that the back edges are touching every time you wear it, and especially if the top and bottom edges of the corset are beginning to flare away from your body, your corset may be too large. Those who wear the corset for a long time may even find that they can suck in their abdomen and feel a space between their body and the corset. If you find that your corset is sliding around or wobbly, it may be time to size down!

Remember though that if you have any of these signs the very first time you try on a corset, it's not the correct size for you and you should exchange it for a smaller size.

What can you do with a corset you’re finished with?

Don’t throw that old corset in the trash! A well-made corset may still have lots of life in it, even after you’ve outshrunk it. You can still use the corset in a number of ways, including:

  1. If you find that your corset is wobbling on your body because it’s too larger, wearing the corset over thicker clothing, even sweaters or blazers, can help reduce that and you can be fashionable even over your winter clothing. Just remember that whatever you wear under your corset should not cause too much wrinkling or it may be uncomfortable.
     
  2. Keeping your corset “just in case” - while some hardcore waist trainers may see a larger corset as enabling, I personally like to keep corsets in several sizes, just like I have my work trousers for some days and I have my yoga pants for other days. During those times when you are retaining more water or otherwise measuring a little larger. Just remember to always lace to comfort, and if you’re feeling bloated or unwell, don’t wear a corset until you feel well enough to do so.
     
  3. Use your corset in the night as a maintenance/ sleeping corset (if you choose to wear your corset at night). Some people, especially those with back pain or poor quality mattresses, may wear a corset to sleep. When you’re “relaxing and ruminating” (the parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for this) blood is more directed to your internal organs and less in your limbs - which means you may feel more bloated in the night. Wearing a larger or looser corset may feel more comfortable for you, yet still give the support you may want or need.
     
  4. Sell your old corset - some cannot afford to pay $100 for a corset, and there is no shortage of people looking for a deal, especially if you’re willing to sell the corset online and ship it to them. If you feel that your old corset has served you well, and if it’s still decent quality and not falling apart, you could probably sell it onto someone else and get about 50-60% back for it. You can then use that money to subsidize your next corset purchase.
     
  5. If your corset is falling apart and you’re handy with a sewing machine, you may be able to use your old corset for parts. Pull out the steel busk and bones for a future corset project! While extremely laborious, it’s sometimes possible to make a smaller corset out of a pre-existing larger corset - but I consider it less worthwhile than simply selling the corset and purchasing another smaller one. That way, you can choose a different style while you’re at it!
     
  6. Frame your old corset, or otherwise keep it as a sentimental object - there’s no reason why you can’t keep a corset and display it nicely even after you’re done wearing it! Many people consider corsets to be highly treasured luxury garments, and there’s no shame in holding onto it!
     

What do you do with your old corsets? Let us know in the comments below!

Tips for Corseting through the Fall/ Winter

As we’re now well into autumn, it seems that the weather is starting to cool down for most of us. On Facebook, I can hear the rejoicing from corset wearers living in subtropical regions of America and Europe as they are able to wear cotton and satin corsets in comfort.

 

For those in the southern hemisphere, things are warming up for you, so if you haven’t read it already, see this link to my tips on corseting comfortably in the summer!

 

This post is dedicated to corseting throughout the winter, though. What do you need to know about corseting in the winter? Shouldn’t it be easier than in the summer? Yes, in a way - but here’s a guide of what to expect, and how a corset can help you through the winter months:

 

Around where I live, when it gets cold enough to start to snow (which is often early November), I welcome the layered clothing. I wear leggings, knee-socks, then my jeans or slacks overtop. On my top half, I can easily wear a t-shirt or tank top (as my corset liner - yes, I still recommend using one even in the winter), my corset over that, then a sweater and coat on top of those! With all that bulk, it makes “stealthing” (hiding my corset under my clothing so it’s not noticeable that I’m wearing it) much easier - and the larger the sweater, the less noticeable the corset is!

 

If you want to show off your corseted silhouette under your sweaters, you can wear a more fitted knit sweater and use a belt or cinch clips to accentuate the waistline. Wearing your corset over a bulky shirt however may not be the best way to go - a loose shirt or sweater under your corset will cause wrinkles or folds underneath your corset, and these bumpy areas may be uncomfortable - remember that a good liner should be as wrinkle-free as possible.

 

You may also notice that you’re not able to tighten your corset quite as much over a bulky sweater. The internal waist of a corset may be 26 inches, but if you are wearing that corset closed over a thick sweater, your waist measurement may be closer to 24 inches underneath all that bulk. And the corset will be tighter everywhere (in the ribcage and hips, not just in the waist). Now, you can use this to your advantage if you have a corset that’s too big for you, so you can continue wearing it even if you’ve lost considerable weight - just be aware of the wrinkling issue under the corset.

 

For many of us, cold weather also means less humidity in the air - made worse by indoor heating. If you are prone to dry skin, take extra measures to take care of the skin over your tummy. Moisturize it about 30-60 minutes before putting on your corset (to allow your skin to absorb it fully), and if you have any rough patches of skin, exfoliate gently once or twice a week. Some like to use powder under their liner to prevent itching or chafing.

 

While none of my corsets really build up an electric charge, I find that satin corsets help my shirts and sweaters glide over it more smoothly, and don’t cause as cling. Cotton causes less static than wool or silk as well, but twill corsets are not as slippery as satin. If your corset is causing static shocks or causing your outer clothes to cling to it, you can take a dryer sheet and rub it gently over the outside of your corset (not the inside) and see if it helps.

 

Wearing a corset can help you in some of your outdoor chores in the winter time - for instance, I almost always wear a corset when I’m shovelling the front steps. I lace it relatively loosely (2 inches reduction or so - as I’m often breathing heavily when shovelling) but it helps to stabilize my back, and reminds me to lift using my legs instead of using my lumbar area as a hinge. With the corset’s support, I find I can push or lift a little more snow, and get the shovelling done a bit faster.

 

Do you have any other tips for corseting in cooler weather? Let us know in a comment below!

Stay warm, and happy lacing!

Lucy (TT guest blogger)

Four Corset Costume Ideas for Halloween 2014

It’s October and Halloween is rapidly approaching - which, for some of us, is the only time we get to dress up all year! Are you still trying to figure out what costume you’re going to wear - or do you have your costume mostly together, but you’re looking for that one staple piece to put it all together? Hopefully one of the following can help you decide.

 

Remember that Timeless Trends has over 200 styles to choose from, in four different cuts - so if none of the style below strike your fancy, you still have plenty to browse through in the store. And remember that this month only, if you buy two or more corsets you will automatically get a 15% discount on your purchase!

 

Safari Faux Fur Corset

 

It’s no secret that cats are a favorite of the internet, and large jungle cats especially are so lithe and majestic. This fun plush corset is covered in a faux-fur with assorted large and small spots (and if you look closely, you might be able to see a face or two!) so you can bring out your inner feline - whether that’s a grand Leopard, or a little Bengal. The standard length suits most torso lengths, and the gentle curves help you look long and lean like your favorite feline.

 

 

Saddle Brown Vinyl Corset

 

If wild cats aren’t your thing, perhaps the Wild West is. Whether you’re a saloon server handing out cold beverages on a sweltering hot desert day, or you’re the Sheriff of the town wrangling up the latest wanted felons, this textured brown corset would be a great addition to your costume. Made from a perfectly weathered-looking faux leather and lined in cotton, this corset has the same silhouette and strength you’ve come to depend on from Timeless Trends. Whether this can keep you on your horse though, is another story.

 

 

Hard Black Leather Corset

 

This corset is different and awesome in so many ways - first of all, each panel is made from a single panel of thick, hardened black genuine leather which is strong and sturdy enough to take a bit of tension without the need for a cotton lining. Secondly, the corset is riveted together with up to eighty silver rivets instead of stitched together! Thirdly, this corset comes with matching silver swing hooks in the front and silver sturdy grommets in back to complete the look and create an extremely unique piece, even for Timeless Trends. I imagine this corset being used in a costume for a Burton character… Perhaps you can even put your own corseted twist on your she-scissorhands costume!

 

 

Silver overbust corset

 

This overbust was originally introduced for the cyber-goth corset lovers, but around Halloween, this iridescent pewter-toned beauty can transform a number of costumes.  Are your friends going out as a Wizard of Oz team? Bam, your tin suit is half done! Going as a Marvel superhero group? This corset would be an amazing final detail to your Silver Surfer costume. Do you prefer DC world to Marvel? Use this corset as the perfect base for your Mr / Ms Freeze costume and find your Batman. Let your imagination go wild. After all, Halloween only comes once a year!

 

Don't forget that if you purchase two or more corsets before Halloween, you will automatically qualify for a 15% discount! What are you dressing up as for Halloween 2014, and how would you coordinate your costume with a corset? Let us know in the comments!

 

Your spooky guest blogger,
~ Lucy

A brief history of men wearing corsets

Men wearing corsets is actually nothing new. Several notable men in history have been known to wear corsets and corset-like garments for aesthetic or therapeutic purposes.

 

In the 19th century, it was not uncommon for cavalry and militia (in England, France and Germany) to wear stays under their uniform or suit. While they were referred to as “belts” in written sources, they were still relatively wide over the torso, laced up in the back like traditional stays, and designed to be worn quite snug around the waist. This served several purposes - to promote proper posture while on horseback (and good posture can be seen as intimidating as well), to help soldiers fit into their uniforms properly even if they developed a bit of a pot belly over time, and to protect their spine if they were ever thrown off their horse.

 

Another purpose it served was to prevent bruising of the kidneys as the soldiers were galloping along. We can still see a version of this today, as the modern kidney belt which protects horse riders and motorcyclists alike when moving over uneven ground.

 

Although corsets fell out of mainstream fashion in the early 20th century, some individuals continued to wear corsets despite fashion trends. Some very notable men wore corset-like braces for therapeutic purposes - for instance, former American president John F. Kennedy wore a back brace for his back pain. Artist Andy Warhol suffered nerve damage and chronic back pain after surviving an attempted assassination, and so he wore a corset for the remainder of his life. For many people, a traditional cotton corset was supportive and helped their wearers get through their day, while being less bulky than medical back braces that were sometimes made of hard plastic, wood, leather and/or thick straps of steel.

 

Another modern version of a corset comes in the form of a weight lifting belt, the purpose of which is to provide a rigid barrier around the lower abdomen, which the lifter pushes against while bearing heavy weights. This is thought to help stabilize the lifter’s abdomen, protecting against lumbar strain or some types of hernias.

 

Some sources argue that corsetry in general never really died completely (even in the 1920s and ‘30s) but rather, it went “underground” and became a part of subculture until revival in the 1940s and ‘50s in Dior’s “New Look” fashion, again in the 80s as part of the punk and goth subculture. In the last 50 years, tightlacers such as Fakir Musafar and Mr Pearl have let the world know that yes, male interest in corsetry does exist (although there is absolutely no pressure to lace as small as those two notables!)

 

Timeless Trends acknowledges that some men do like the posture support, the tummy-flattening effect and the fashion of a corset, so TT sells corsets marketed specifically for men. These corsets have less of a curve to them compared to their other standard length corsets, and they are available in black cashmere and pinstripe styles, which coordinate wel; with many black and charcoal suits. Gentlemen, whether you’d like to look dapper or alternative (or both at once!), these corsets have you covered.

 

What do you think of these styles? Let us know in a comment below!

8 Awesome Facts about Timeless Trends

Timeless Trends is not a faceless, static company that exclusively sells corsets and doesn’t interact with their customers. Like any company, they have a collection of indispensable people behind them, they have a history and a mission, and they have some great features that they want you to know about! Here’s just a few things that you may not have known about Timeless Trends:

  1. All of Timeless Trends corsets are manufactured in Thailand, where they own an exclusive small factory - the factory works only for Timeless Trends, and Timeless Trends uses only this one factory. While their corsets are made offshore, Timeless Trends’ owner, Jim, travels to Thailand to make sure that working conditions are up to US standards, and a lot of design work and development of new styles are done together at the factory. The company prides itself in being relatively small, stating that they have few but very enthusiastic and fairly-treated employees.
     
  2. Timeless Trends’ logo is, fittingly, an hourglass with a corset in the sand - obviously the corset itself gives its wearer an hourglass silhouette, but the logo can also indicate that the aesthetic of curves are appreciated throughout time and don't go out of style.


     
  3. Timeless Trends comes out with new styles all the time! Timeless Trends currently has over 200 styles in their warehouse, of all different colors and fabrics. There is likely a style to suit your fancy - and if there isn’t, one of the new styles coming out each week is likely to catch your eye sooner or later. In addition to new styles being released weekly, there is one featured sale corset every week too!
     
  4. Timeless Trends offers gift certificates as well - it’s a fantastic gift for corset enthusiast or fashionista in your life; and starting from only $25, it’s likely to suit any budget and fit into any holiday stocking. Gift cards can be loaded up to $500; which can buy up to 6 corsets, plus accessories.
     
  5. On that note, did you know that Timeless Trends has a wide range of accessories? They have extra laces (overbust and underbust lengths), garters, t-shirts, novelty buttons and even plush velvet storage bags, specially-fitted for Timeless Trends corsets? Head over to their accessories page to see what they offer.
     
  6. Timeless Trends is also offering a FREE t-shirt with every corset order right now, while supplies and sizes last! The fitted cotton tees can be used as a corset liner, in a pinch. No need to manually add a shirt to your cart; just choose your desired t-shirt cut and size during checkout!
     
  7. Speaking of free, Timeless Trends holds regular contests on their social media for free corsets and $50 gift cards - be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Pinterest so you don’t miss the next chance to win. There are new contests every week!
     
  8. Lastly, Timeless Trends offers a 45-day hassle-free return period (the longest of any OTR corset company I know of!), plus a lifetime guarantee. Not a 6-month guarantee, not a 1-year guarantee. A lifetime. What does this mean? Well, it doesn’t mean that Timeless Trends will let you exchange your old corset for smaller and smaller corsets throughout your life to support your waist training. But it does mean that should your corset fail under normal, responsible use - be it a busk pin popping off, a grommet pulling out, a seam tearing, or a steel bone wearing through - Timeless Trends has you covered and will replace that corset for you. That’s a pretty amazing guarantee!

 

These are just a few facts about Timeless Trends that you might not have known before! What is your favorite thing about TT? Let us know in the comments below!

Red and Gold: Corsets to Fall For

2014 is racing by; it’s hard to believe that Fall is just around the corner! I know that a few places have experienced chilly temperatures this week… so as we wrap up the summer and bring out our long-sleeves again, let’s also take some time to appreciate corsets and the lovely extra layer of warmth they provide in the cooler weather.

 

Fall Leaves Underbust Corset

 

What better way to welcome in Autumn than with a Fall Leaves themed corset? Gorgeous large prints of leaves of pink, rust-red and bluish grey are sprinkled over this corset, allowing it to coordinate perfectly with a warm-toned outfit of brown or red, or to complement a cooler-toned outfit with blues and greens. The standard length means that most people will be able to sit down easily in this corset, whether you’re wearing it to work or to class.

 

 

Brown Floral Steampunk Corset

 

One can stare at this corset for a long time and not get bored. Wholesome earth tones come together perfectly in the rich-looking embroidery of the Chinese brocade panels: feathers and chrysanthemums echo the autumn leaves of red and gold, and also show hints of green, orange. Solid panels of brown satin alternate with the brocade to prevent the embroidery from becoming too busy.

 

 

Black Diamond Waist Cincher

 

In the Fall, the vibrant, bright tones of summer fade and make room for more muted hues. The black diamond waist cincher adds a bit of interest to your outfit without making too loud a statement. This cincher goes so nicely with a black shirt, cream leggings, black or dark brown riding boots and a soft, warm camel-colored wool peacoat. Wear the coat open to show off your corset, or tie your belt around your corseted waist to show off your curves even when the coat is closed. This cincher will fit like a full underbust to those with short waists, or may be worn as a wide belt for those with long waists.

 

 

Copper Floral Longline Corset

 

This corset is luxurious. The shiny copper satin gives also reminds me of rich spices, Orange Pekoe tea, or a deep caramel - either way, it reminds me of being at home with family in the warm, cozy kitchen. The warm tones is complemented nicely with black scroll print, black laces, and hundreds of tiny rhinestones all over to add a little sparkle to your shine. This is a longline corset so it’s suitable for those who are very tall of stature or who possess a long torso. The expandable hip ties make this a comfortable option for those who like to show off their impressive hip spring.

 

 

Rusted Brown Overbust Corset

 

This smooth chocolatey brown satin looks almost good enough to eat! As always, expert fusing keeps the satin wrinkle-free so nothing detracts from your curves. All of Timeless Trends’ overbust corsets are offered in three different bust sizes for EVERY waist size. So whether you wear an A-cup or a D-cup, there will be a bust size to fit you. Slits at the side by the hips also make this corset wearable for pear-shaped clientele, and the ties easily adjust for comfort.

 

Which of these corsets are your favorite as we head into Fall? How would you coordinate these into your cool-weather outfits? Let us know in a comment below!

Corsets and the College Life


Earlier this month, millions of excited young adults around the country became freshmen at a community college or university - for many, this means their first experience of getting out of their parents’ houses and living on their own. So, what does this have to do with corsets? Moving boxes and furniture, carrying heavy books from building to building, sitting comfortably in 3-hour long seminars - the right-fitting corset can assist you in doing all these (and in style to boot!)

 

Moving Day

 

For most students this year, this has already occurred - but it’s still important to talk about. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that over 1 million people suffer back injuries every single year - and many others suffer back injuries out of work as well! Heavy lifting without proper form and equipment is a huge cause of these injuries. Wearing a lightly-laced corset to support your core while lifting your desk or your boxes can encourage you to keep your spine straight, and save your lumbar area from strain. Also, always remember to bend at the knees instead of at the waist! Use a pretty short corset for this so you can remain mobile.

 

Carrying Textbooks Between Classes

 

If your classes were anything like mine in school, you had 10 minutes to get from one side of the campus to the other, over slippery terrain, with 18 pounds of textbooks and binders on your back! While 18 lbs doesn’t sound like much, having to do that 5 times a week for 4 years, especially if you carry your bag over one shoulder, can really throw off your balance and cause one side of your body to overcompensate for the other side. I have worn my corset under my clothes more than once on these types of treks and found that it discouraged me from leaning too much to one side. It became more comfortable to wear my backpack on both shoulders, with the waist strap attached as well, which helped stabilize me as I hauled my books between classes.

 

Sitting (or standing) for Long Seminars and Labs

 

Firstly, I don’t agree that schools should force people to sit for 3 hours straight without at least a 30-second stretch every hour - especially as I studied health sciences and all the professors should know better. By the end of the 3 hours, I was usually slumped in my chair with my back kyphotic (curved forward), and maybe sitting cross-legged or with one foot under me, which ended up causing aches in my knees. Wearing a corset to class prevented me from leaning too far to one side, or slumping forward. During standing labs, wearing a corset would encourage me to keep my hips level and keep both feet flat on the ground. Sitting or standing with a straight posture with both feet planted helped improve my “classroom ergonomics” and interestingly, helped me stay alert for longer (as long as the room wasn’t too warm!). Just remember to try wearing your corset for your shorter classes and see how you feel, before moving onto the longer classes.

 

Night on the Town

 

Yes… college students know how to party. Your corset helped you all week in class under your clothes, so the weekend is your chance to wear your corset over your clothes and to party in style! Just remember to party responsibly. :)

 

Are you a university or college student who uses corsets? How have they helped you? Let us know in a comment below!

5 normal things to feel when wearing a corset

Hi everyone, Lucy here again for another lesson in symptoms while wearing a corset – except this time instead of focusing on what unpleasant symptoms you should not be experiencing, we will put a focus on the positive symptoms that are normal to feel when wearing a corset. You may feel only a couple of these things, or maybe all five of them at some point or another - while these symptoms are not really alarming, just know that you're not alone. If you have any special questions or concerns regarding corsets and your health, don't be shy to ask your trusted doctor!

 

Gentle hugging sensation – many people expect a corset to feel like a great Python is squeezing your middle in two. If you feel this way (especially if you’re experiencing any pain), then your corset is likely far too tight for your experience level. In reality, a corset will feel like a secure supportive hug that extends from the ribs down to the hips. Think of when a larger friend or family member sweeps you up in a bear hug, just tight enough to be able to pick you up but not so tight that you don’t enjoy the hug. This is how a proper corset feels. Always remember that YOU are in control of your laces, and you decide how tight or loose you want that “hug” to feel.

 

Posture support – sitting and standing tall is a very common occurrence when wearing a corset, as it doesn’t lend well to bending at the waist. When you first experience this, you may find it awkward that you’re sitting with perfect posture while your friends all around you slouch and slide further and further into their cushy couches. You may even notice that you feel an inch taller, because you’re standing up straight in the first time you can remember. If you spend most of your day on your feet, as in a cashier position, having the corset to “lean on” and help you balance your weight on your feet can feel like a night & day difference at the end of your shift.

 

Relief of back muscle spasms – when you have a Charlie Horse, your first instinct is to grab onto your leg and squeeze and massage the calf muscle. I don’t often have back issues, but when I do it is almost immediately solved by putting on a corset – it doesn’t have to be at a huge reduction; even a couple of inches is enough to allow my muscles to relax into the corset and stop the pain and cramping.

 

Calm and protected – while I wouldn’t recommend doing anything senseless like walking down unlit alleyways by yourself, playing chicken with traffic or going sky diving without proper training, wearing a corset has an interesting ability to make you feel a bit invincible. Having many layers of smooth, strong fabric and steel bones surrounding you can feel very much like armor, and as mentioned before, the hug-like compression feels like someone is protectively wrapping their arms around you.

 

Increased confidence – doing a power strut with your head high, maybe swinging your hips a little as you go, and feeling in control of your day. Good posture is a sign of an Alpha person – and interestingly, when it comes to confidence, you can “fake it till you make it” – i.e. assuming a confident and authoritative posture can not only send a signal to make others treat you like you’re Alpha, but it also makes you feel more Alpha as well. Also, it’s difficult not to feel fabulous when your clothes instantaneously fit differently, when your back doesn’t hurt and when you feel safe and calm from a constant, all-day hug!

 

What positive symptoms have you experienced when wearing corsets? What else would you add to this list? Let us know in a comment below! As always, happy lacing!

~ Lucy (TT guest blogger)

3 symptoms you should NEVER feel in a corset!

Hi all! Last week we discussed how corsets are never supposed to feel painful, or give you numbness or tingling. This week we're going to discuss 3 other symptoms that you should absolutely never feel in a corset. If you notice any of these things, change something up: loosen or remove the corset, and if necessary change your waist training regimen or invest in a corset size and style that fits your body more comfortably. As always, this information isn't intended to replace the advice of a doctor, so if you have any special concerns, always check with your own trusted physician.

 

Bruising or blistering

Some people bruise easily, or they discover marks on them and don’t remember how they got them. However, a well-made, well-fitting corset should not leave any more marks on your skin than your bra leaves marks around your ribcage, or a pair of boots might leave marks around your legs. That is, when you take off the corset you might see some indentations, but they should fade within an hour or two. If your marks aren’t going away for a day or more, I’ve been told that it may be a sign of underlying circulation or hydration issues to your skin.

  

A well-fitting corset worn moderately should not leave you with bruising, blisters or broken skin. While many choose not to wear corset liners, I believe that they are important for preventing chafing of your skin, and also protecting your corset against the sweat, oils, sloughed skin cells and shed hair from your own body.

 

Shortness of breath

In an 1890 study on corsets featured in The Sanitarian, Dr Bell M.D. determined that the average corset wearer at the time had a 10-30% reduction of their total lung capacity (corseted vs uncorseted) depending on the tightness of their corset. Now, when we’re at rest, our lungs only use about 15% of their total capacity for relaxed tidal breathing – so the reduced capacity by the corset is barely noticeable. However, if you’re stressed, active, or if you have breathing issues to begin with (like asthma), then you may require your total lung capacity, and you may feel short of breath. While I don’t recommend working out in a corset, a well-fitting corset should not make you feel like you’re short of breath during normal sitting, standing or walking; if it does, then like the corset comes up high on the ribcage for you (and/or wraps too tightly around the ribcage). You may need a corset that allows more room in the ribs, or one that stops lower down on the torso so your ribs can expand freely.

 

Fainting

Feeling faint or passing out is caused by the brain not being properly oxygenated, but contrary to popular belief, most of the fainting done by corseted ladies was not due to suffocation. Most genuine fainting was rather due to abrupt changes to blood pressure. If your pressure is low and you’re not getting enough blood to your brain, then you lose consciousness – which will cause you to collapse, bringing your body horizontal so your circulatory system doesn’t have to work so hard to fight gravity and pump blood to your head. Some people lace their corsets too tight and too soon, which means your body may need to work harder to pump blood up from your legs and though your itty bitty waist to reach your heart and lungs again. This is another reason why waist training takes time; your body needs to adjust to the changes you’re putting on it. Your body may protest if it’s done all at once, but when done very gently and gradually, the body is much more accommodating and willing to work with the corset rather than against it.

 

What else would you add to this list of symptoms that you should NEVER feel in a corset? Let us know in a comment below - and next week we will be covering some of the normal things that is common to feel when wearing a corset. Until then, happy and safe corseting!

~ Lucy (TT guest blogger)

Pain-Free Corseting!

Hi everyone, Lucy here again to let you know about pain, numbness and tingling – the symptoms that you should never experience while wearing a corset. Many people mistakenly believe that you are supposed to feel some pain or discomfort when wearing a corset, or that this is supposed to be some kind of appeal. Those who believe this either have never worn a corset before, or they were definitely wearing the wrong type for their body! A corset should feel like a gentle, supportive hug, and that’s all. While I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on the internet, I know that corsets are not supposed to hurt – so if you experience any of these symptoms, do loosen or take off your corset, and if you’re really concerned then check with your doctor (but you already told your doctor that you’re wearing corsets, haven’t you!).

 

Pain

Pain is your body’s way of telling you "something is wrong; stop doing whatever it is that hurts, and do something different". A corset may feel slightly stiff and not the most comfortable when you’re breaking it in, because it hasn’t molded to your body yet – the same way a pair of shoes might feel uncomfortable or possibly even give you blisters on your feet when you haven’t broken them in.

 

This is why it’s so important to only wear your corset a maximum of 2 hours at a time, and wear the corset very loosely during your seasoning period. This minimizes any damage to the corset, and also minimizes any discomfort you feel, until it starts to soften and mold properly.

 

Obviously, pain in different parts of your body may tell you different things about how your corset is not fitting correctly. A stomach ache might be caused by trying to put your corset on over a full meal, or overeating while wearing the corset. Pain up the esophagus might be acid reflux. Pain along the back may be caused by your muscles “fighting” the corset, if they’re not used to the compression or if your muscles are not used to holding an upright posture (however, do make sure that you are not having pain around the kidney area, as this is definitely not normal!). Pain around the ribcage may mean that the corset is more conical than you’re accustomed to (remember that ribs are capable of moving SLOWLY, but if you insist on training your ribs, this should preferably take months to years and should not be associated with any sharp pain).

 

If your corset is already seasoned and you feel pain, or if you’re feeling any real pain during seasoning (vs a bearable bit of tenderness of the skin when you’re first starting out), please loosen or take off the corset.

  

Tingling or numbness

When I wear a new corset, especially when sitting down for a long period of time, I occasionally poke my hips to make sure they haven’t gone numb (that’s the thing about numbness; sometimes when it comes on gradually, you don’t even notice it!). Numbness could mean the circulation to an area is diminished or cut off, and that “pins and needles” feeling is when a rush of blood returns to the area. The most common area of numbness is in the hips and bum, and this is why it’s so important that a corset doesn’t pinch or cut into your hip, but rather runs over the hip smoothly while NOT compressing it. Numbness can also mean compression of nerves which can take a long time to return to normal, so do loosen up immediately if you notice any numbness at all.

 

I’ve said it many times, and I’ll say it again – if your corset hurts, something is wrong! Either the corset is not the right type for your body, or you are lacing down too much or too fast, or there is an underlying health condition that may make you incompatible with wearing corsets. So as always, check with your doctor if you have any concerns.

 

Next week we’ll go over some more symptoms you should never feel while wearing a corset! As always, happy (and pain-free) lacing!

~ Lucy (TT guest blogger)