I remember clearly the night I stumbled upon the foreign term “waist training.” It was mentioned on burlesque Queen Dita Von Teese’s wikipedia page and click, click, click…I was down an internet rabbit hole that fortunately led to great resources like www.LucyCorsetry.com and www.romantasy.com
Over the next few weeks I delved deeper into this fascinating world that had opened up to me…could a corset really be comfortable, and actually shape the part of my figure where diet and excercise had consistently failed me?
Every woman has body issues in some form. I’m a former beauty pageant swimsuit winner, but actually prefer one-piece swimsuits as I’ve never felt comfortable displaying my midriff. I longed to wear bikinis and form-fitting dresses without feeling insecure about my tummy and thick waist.
I took advantage of Lucy’s generous consultation service, and she recommended several corset brands that were suitable for my body type and budget. Her site offers great guided galleries to help you identify what corset makers are best for you, and I narrowed it down to 3 that could accommodate my short torso.
Orchard Corset CS-411 was a great starter corset. (This was before they offered even more options for shorter torsos. The line has expanded quite a bit to include more options for this body type).
I’m fortunate enough to live in L.A. near a What Katie Did boutique, and came home from a visit to their Hollywood boutique the proud owner of their baby corset, which is perfectly cut for my curvy body and short torso and allows lots of movement. I own two of this style, which I also find comfortable enough to sleep in.
Ann Grogan of Romantasy Corsets is an absolute gem. She spent hours with me on the phone to ensure that I got a custom corset that fit me as beautifully as it was made, and her book, Corset Magic, is my bible whenever I have taken a break from corseting and need to get back on track.
Recently, Dita Von Teese succinctly summed up the current celebrity corset craze as “the blind leading the blind” and wisely observed that most people who are knowledgable about corseting are not speaking publicly about it.
I have to agree. Anytime someone finds out I wear corsets, their reaction most often is negative, warning me of the dangers of what the corset is doing to my body. The facts are that I spent over a month researching corsetry before making my first purchase, and this is what corsetry has done for me:
I’m able to shape and control the one part of my body that once made me feel insecure, and I’m now proud of my waist and tummy I’ve cultivated through corseting and the methods of healthy dieting and exercise outlined in Ann Grogan’s book, Corset Magic. I used to want to hide this part of my body…now I’m proud to show it off!
I take significantly less anxiety medication, as my corset tends to sooth my anxiety. This was a pleasant and unexpected payoff of waist training. You can read more details about how this works on Lucy’s blog. I really credit my corsets for helping reduce my dependence on medication to treat my anxiety.
I’ve struggled with upper back, neck, and shoulder pain for years, but when I wear my corset regularly, it corrects my posture and these problems go away on their own. Both massages and corsets can be expensive, but a gorgeous corset lasts much longer and achieves the same results.
Corsets have motivated me to diet, exercise, seek alternate forms of stress relief, and made me feel completely gorgeous and confident in a way I never thought possible.
Recently I attended an opening night party for a show my husband was starring in, and wore a black silk corset over my cocktail dress. I felt like a million dollars, and received compliments all night, but the best was when one of the younger cast members swore to my husband he recognized me and wanted to know what films and plays I’d done recently!
So yes, apparently corsets not only make me feel like a movie star, they actually made me look like one for a night!