Corset Q&A Episode 43: Are Corsets and Waist Training Dangerous?

With corseting and waist training in the news so much, there is a LOT of information out there about how dangerous wearing a corset can be, or how waist training may end civilization as we know it (not really but it feels that way sometimes!). I’m poking a little fun at the media and their tendency to want to only report on the extremes here, but the Cathie Jung’s of the world notwithstanding, it IS actually safe to wear a corset AND even to waist train without damaging your body. The fact is, that ANYthing can be taken to extremes and typically when you’re at the extreme, you could be in dangerous territory. What we suggest is simply safe and sane methods of corsetry. It goes a little something like this:

“Is your corset causing you pain?” If the answer is a resounding “YES!”, then loosen the darn thing or take it off completely! The idea of no pain, no gain does not apply here.

Listen to your body and you will be just fine! Corseting can actually even be beneficial in a some cases. Lucy of Lucy’s Corsetry has a wonderful and informative section on her website about “Corset Benefits” for a variety of ailments and even otherwise healthy people.

Take things slow when you get a new corset. The process of seasoning your corset will give the corset time to mold to your body AND your body can get used to the idea of wearing a corset!

Looking for even more information on waist training? Our Waist Training 101: Everything You Need To Know page will get you going in the right direction!

Hopefully this Q & A provided you with a little perspective regarding the “dangers of waist training”. Please let us know in the comments if there are any questions that you’d like to see answered in our Corset Q & A series.

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10 Responses

  1. Adeline

    I saw on http://www.irishexaminer.com/examviral/real-life/11-things-you-need-to-know-about-waist-training-before-you-jump-on-the-corset-bandwagon-325183.html that you shouldn’t wear it at all if your body is still developing. I am 14 and I want to lose 10 kg and some centimetres of my waist and if I buy a waist trainer I will wear it from 2 to 6 hours a day. Can I wear it or it’s not recommended to do this in my case? And it is also said that you shouldn’t use it as a substitute to healthy-eating and exercise. Then you need to use a waist chincer or you shouldn’t use it at all while doing a workout?

    1. Hi Geo, great question and asked often. If you’re wearing a corset during your cardio workout, your lungs aren’t able to fully expand, so you won’t get the full benefit of the workout, and when you’re bending or stretching for a strength or flexibility workout you run the risk of bending or contorting the steel bones in your corset which could damage the corset. You cannot launder a corset either so perspiration will be absorbed. We recommend a waist cincher such as our Tecnomed Workout Waist Cincher Your corset wearing will certainly complement your exercise efforts. Happy Corseting!

  2. Yvonne

    When would y’all be coming out with a corset that is 16″ long for very tall ppl. Such as my self. The longest I’ve seen is 13 ” .

    1. Hi Yvonne, currently we do not have any plans to make a longer underbust corset. Our overbust styles are both over 15″ long though. You could always give it a try and if it doesn’t work out, you can send it back for a return or exchange. An underbust corset as long as 16″ will likely need to be a custom corset, from my research the only underbusts I have seen close to that length are custom. I hope that helps!

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