Getting your Squeeze On: Stretch Shapewear vs. Corsetry
Instagram is chockfull of starlets and celebrities wearing what looks like underbust corsets and claiming they are waist training, but are they really?
In fact, these celebrities are usually wearing latex stretchwear specifically made to wear at the gym, which is a far cry from what a waist-training corset actually does. Stretch shapewear may give you an initially svelte shape, but it does so with less control and more pressure (which translates to more discomfort) than a traditional, well fitted, laced corset.
While Spanx, girdles and the like are cheaper and more readily available, they can cause issues like lumps, rolling from fabric slippage, bruising and general discomfort from how much pressure they put on your body to achieve the desired silhouette. While it may seem like a waist training corset would do the same, its effects are actually the opposite. A well-made corset that fits you will exert an even, steady pressure that is noticeable but never painful.
The key here is the phrase “well-made”. Cheap, mass-produced corsets like you see on Halloween costumes will never deliver on comfort or appearance. These tube-shaped, one-size-fits-all factory wonders will exert pressure everywhere and the cheap boning will poke you and give you odd lumps and bumps.
To achieve the sleek, sophisticated silhouette you seek, you’ll need to invest some money in a high-quality and often handmade corset. These corsets will provide you with superior fit and construction that will make them more comfortable and more effective for training your waist.
Some companies do produce higher quality factory-made corsets that work well as starter corsets. These companies like Violet Vixen or Orchard Corsets offer higher quality corsets that will let you try out a waist-training corset for around $100 to see if corseting is for you.