Corset Q & A Series,  Waist Training

Corset Q & A Episode 21: When waist training, what is the corset modifying?

In our Corset Q & A series we’ll be giving you quick answers to some of the most common questions we get regarding steel boned corsets, waist training and corseting here at Orchard Corset.

When waist training, what is the corset actually modifying?

This is a common question on our blog and social media channels as well as in our customer service chats and phone calls.  As Cheri explains, waist training in a steel boned corset will NOT modify your hips in any way. Those bones are going to stay put. As a matter of fact, depending on how intensely you waist train, your hips may have a more exaggerated look due to your tiny waist! 😉 So your hip bones aren’t going to move, but that’s not the case with your two bottom ribs. Those ribs are your floating ribs and if you are wearing a corset that comes up high enough to cover the lower ribs, through patience and diligence in your waist training, those two ribs can be pulled in along with your waist to give you the hourglass shape that you are looking for. Keep in mind though, that for the most part, the body modification that you are making with your waist training is not permanent and you will need to continue with some maintenance corseting or those ribs will float right back to where they started!

We hope this helps with some of your questions about waist training! If you have a question that you’d like to see us answer in our Corset Q & A series, please let us know in the comments.

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  • Sarah

    I am new to waist training so just by curiosity, should the movement of your lower ribs cause for any health concerns?

    • Cheri Dudek

      Hi Sarah,

      It takes a great deal of corset training to have a real impact on your lower floating ribs. There is a book called The Corset: A Cultural History by Valerie Steele that offers the most comprehensive research on corsets and corseting I have seen. Lucy’s Corsetry has also done much research (and she has a background in pre-med :). In our experience, no there is no risk as long as you are slow and methodical in your training. And you will find they will bounce back after too if you should stop corseting.

  • Morgan

    How do you know when to size down? I have been in my CS-305 size 24 for about 6 weeks and fully laced for about 1.5 weeks. Would you recommend sizing down or switching to a CS-411 for a curvier fit? Note: fully laced, my CS-305 puts a bit of pressure on my hips.

    • Cheri Dudek

      Hi Shon,

      You will need to choose your clothing carefully. Some corsets stealth easier than others-like the mesh and satin. Leggings, belted tops and dresses, jackets all work great to conceal your corset. Adding satin laces (less bulky) and tucking them into your corset.

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