Steel Boned Corset
Lately Candy and I have been getting a lot of women coming into Three Muses Clothing asking about latex corsets. So we decided to do some research to help people differentiate between the latex corsets and steel boned corsets.
First of all what is a latex corset ? A latex corset is not actually a corset, but kind of like a fancy pair of Spanx with several sets of hook and eyes down the center. It has a latex core with a cotton exterior and interior lining. Some also come with plastic boning down the sides to act as anchors and to keep the corset from rolling up. They either come in a waist cincher style or a vest and can be called “waist training corset vest” or a “workout corset.” The theory behind the workout corsets is that they work by stimulating thermal activity and ramps up perspiration which supposedly helps eliminate localized and stored fat. Much like getting a wrap at the spa or what the wrestlers wore in high school to quickly meet weight limits. The vests are supposed to reposition fat and water weight so that eventually you cannot store fat in your abdomen any more.
Now, what are steel boned waist training corsets? They are corsets that go around the waist, under the bust and have steel front busks and lace in the back. The key to their shaping power is steel boning. The steel allows the corsets to be cinched in while also keeping their shape. The point of steel boned waist training is that as you slowly tighten the laces, it contorts your ribcage to the shape of the corset.
So what’s the difference between the two types? First off the latex corset is not a real corset. A true corset has boning and laces in the back. Secondly, there is no proof that the latex corsets actually cause a permanent change in your shape like the steel boned corsets. The steel boned corset moves your free floating ribs and changes your actually physical shape over time. They both give you an instant slimmer shape, but the latex corsets can still give you bulges in the back and side because the fabric and boning are not sturdy enough to hold you all in. When it comes to fat displacement I have seen it happen while wearing a corset both on clients and myself. With the latex corsets I can see the same thing happening because when I got liposuction back in high school (I was on a dance team where we constantly wore spandex) I had to get something similar to keep my skin against my body and to keep the leftover fat smooth. Another difference is that they have latex corsets for working out while it is usually recommended to workout with out your corset on so you can strengthen the abdomen muscles which are not used as much due to the steel boning supporting you.
I hope this has helped you decide which type of corset training you would be interested in. I personally love steel boned waist training because it helps my posture, cuts down on the amount I can eat, and is super sexy 😉
Recently Candy and I got to participate in Jacksonville’s One Spark which was an event where people voted for businesses to get crowd funded for new equipment. For us it was an opportunity to get our name out there showcasing our costumes and beautiful steel boned corsets. Everyday we would dress up and walk around the festival handing out business cards. On Saturday we decided to dress up as superheros and I chose classic Wonder Woman.
In case you don’t know what our awesome classic Wonder Woman costume looks like that we make at Three Muses Clothing, it is a steel boned satin corset that takes your tummy in and makes your boobs look like muffins about to pop out of the oven. Then I had the star print boy shorts, Wonderous cape, lasso,tiara, cuffs, and of course dance tights that make my legs look like they actually do squats. Now you think with this sexy as hell costume I would be on Cloud 9 of positive body image…but I wasn’t.
Part of my problem was that I actually grew up in Jacksonville. Throughout school I was constantly teased for being fat and ugly. Even after I moved back here and I did my first event for Three Muses I had someone tell me I look like a chubby Wonder Woman. Now have in mind that it was Mardi Gras and I was not dressed as Wonder Woman what so ever. Thankfully, I had Candy there to tell me that Wonder Woman is hot and to take it as a compliment but….still.
It was about the 8th or 9th time that I adjusted my costume in front of the mirrors in the dressing room at Grease Rags that I came to the realization that while I don’t look like Wonder Woman (5’3”, overweight, and arthritic) I still had to be Wonder Woman for all the other women and girls out there who don’t look like her either. If I took the costume off or looked uncomfortable I was telling everyone that only tall and skinny woman can cosplay as Wonder Woman. Plus, in the way of sizes, I wear a size 12 which is smaller than the average of woman who shops in our shop which is a 16-18. For me to say, “I’m too fat to cosplay” is a huge slap in the face to those women who are bigger than me and are embracing their curves. Which, by the way, I hate those girls who put on a string bikini then complain about being fat. It makes me want to hit them with my meaty paw.
So with a renewed sense of confidence I adjusted my tiara and walked outside. Just like Wonder Woman, I held my head high. While my biggest battle that day wasn’t with Cheetah, I do think I beat up my toughest critic: myself.
Example of the steel boned waist cincher I wear for waist training.
Now that we know what corset I wear and what waist training is I will tell you guys about my experiences so far.
The first week or two I just laced my corset with a light lacing that just took me in about 3” but made it so that I could get used to having something around my waist. My back pain immediately went away and my posture would have shamed Miss America. I didn’t really sleep in it yet because I was still getting used to having something tight around my waist. Just recently I’ve started wearing it to bed on a regular basis but that’s because I started tight lacing. I find that tight lacing (which for me is generally 4-6”) is better for sleeping in bed because if you move around while you sleep your body doesn’t twist in different directions which can be a bit painful.
I personally love being tight laced! It relieves any back pain and pushes my boobies up as well. When I take it off I find that I am still holding my stomach in and standing up straight. Of course, when I take it off I can see the where the corset was indenting my skin but that goes away after about 15-20 minutes. If you wear a tank top or cami underneath it helps eliminate some of the skin impressions and helps keep your corset clean.
As I’m sure you’ve been wondering now, “Can anyone tell that you have it on” and the answer is no. Unless I wear it on top of a dress or with a cute button up. Usually I wear it with a tee and jeans like in the pic. As you can see from the pic, its not very noticeable at all if even. I had one customer come in with his wife and they were looking at the corsets wondering if they could breathe or even be comfortable. FYI: I walk up and down the stairs in them no problem and I have asthma. I told them they were great and the guy said “Yeah, I’m sure your not wearing one!” with which I lifted my shirt to show him. Best foot in the mouth ever!!!! The one I typically wear has a front busk with hooks but we will be soon offering a nude waist cincher with no front busk and a side zipper for the more form fitting clothes.
As for the corset affecting my eating I’ve noticed a change recently when I started tight lacing. Now I did not get this physique but leaving food on my plate. I love to eat as my pant size will gladly show you. However, since I started tight lacing I don’t eat as much. Partly because my body can’t take in as much. I was at a mexican restaurant recently with my friends and I only ate half my meal! Half! Even if I have it lightly laced I find that having it around my waist is a constant reminder to eat less or better.
So what has all this training gotten me ( I know its only been a month but still)? Well I went from a 37” waist and a 2X corset down to an XL and a 36” waist! Also, I’m exercising more now too because you have to strengthen your back muscles so that they don’t become weak from the corset doing all the work holding you up. After I do back rows and Supermans (they are a back exercise) I keep working out because I’m in there and might as well go for it. Also when I work out I do not wear my corset. I like to be able to move about and I feel that a corset tight laced will inhibit my ability to do crunches and my back exercises.
Thanks for stopping by! Next time I will discuss what to do to clean your corset and sizing. Til then keep lacing 🙂