Corsets that make your waist smaller

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Corsets that make your waist smaller
A corset will make your waist smaller and your stomach flatter (The bridesmaid helps the bride to lace up a corset image by Nadezda Kraft from Fotolia.com)

Corsets may sound like a terribly uncomfortable garment that your grandmother wore and which you are determined to avoid. A corset doesn't have to be painful if you get the right fit and one that is the proper length. Corsets have come a long way since your grandmother wore one. The objective of a corset is to flatten the stomach and pull in the waist so that you look smaller. Corsets also enhance hips and breasts.

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Facts About Corsets

A corset will improve your posture, in addition to making your waist smaller and lifting and supporting your breasts. A corset exerts pressure on the lower ribcage and the waist and your posture becomes better because of the stiffening busks that are in the corset. Corsets may actually be good for your back because they support your back.

Busks

Corset busks are two long pieces of steel with steel loops and eyes that are sewn into each side of the front of the corset. Lacing is used on the sides or back to tighten the corset. With busks you can get in and out of a corset by yourself, explains farthingales.on.ca. If you choose a corset with a straight busk--the most common type--the busks will be white and have a plastic like nylon coating. Another type of corset busk is straight but a lot wider than a straight busk. Spoons busks are constructed of stainless steel. Spoon busks lack flexibility and should not be laced too tightly.

Length

The length of the corset you choose is going to have a direct effect on specific parts of your body. If the corset extends below the waist, your stomach will look completely flat. If the corset is long in the other direction, going upward, you don't need to wear a bra because your breasts will be supported by the corset.

What Style?

Decide what style and shape you want. Some corsets are long, some short; some support the breasts; others don't. Try on your corset. When you sit down, the lower edge of the corset should reach just above your pubic bone. This prevents your stomach from pooching out under the corset.

Prepare Your Skin

Put cream on the parts of your body that will be touching the corset. Do this before you put on the corset. When permanent pressure is placed on the waist the skin in this area is apt to get dry. Consider wearing a camisole under your corset so the corset does not touch your skin, to prevent irritation.

Tips

Do not lace up your corset any smaller than 20 to 25 per cent of its natural measurement--what it is before you start lacing. If you go further than that you are going to be extremely uncomfortable.

Adapting

It may take some time to adapt to wearing a corset. The flexibility of your torso is reduced and your breathing capacity is less than it is when you are corset-free. You can't bend over to pick up something. Instead, bend your legs at the knees to pick things up off the floor.

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