How to Choose the Right Corset for Your Body Type

A corset was first devised by the British as a way to keep the women thin waisted and was way too tight and suffocating for the women. But, today it is a piece of fashion clothing and way more comfortable than its older version.

A corset can be worn under clothes or as an item itself along with your precious jewelry to make the look even better.

But, there are multiple types of corsets, there are many designs and material available and it can get rather confusing if you are trying to figure it out for the first time. Here is a list of the type of corsets to make it easy for you:

1. Under-Bust Corsets

Under-Bust Corsets - How to Choose the Right Corset for Your Body Type

These are the one that begin from under your breasts. These can be worn under shirts, tops and even dresses to get a defining look on your waist. You need to wear a bra with this but you can also wear it above your dress to get a vintage look.

If you are going to start corset waist training which is basically trying to contain your waist size by wearing tight fitted corsets, this style if the perfect beginning as it does not pressure your chest and can be worn according to a beginners comfort.

2. Over-Bust Corsets

Over-Bust Corsets - How to Choose the Right Corset for Your Body Type

This covers the entire upper body. This one works as a bra and a body-shaper. Mostly wore under dresses, it defined the entire upper body figure and helps the dress flatter your curves. They can be bought in bright colors and worn as strapless tops as well.

It is important to know that corsets can be really tight or uncomfortable so whenever there is a difficulty in breathing or movement, one should loosen it remove it immediately.

3. Short Line Corsets

Short Line Corsets - How to Choose the Right Corset for Your Body Type

It a wide, belt like design that constricts at the waist. The idea is to make your waist look extremely defined.

It can be worn under or over your outfit and made complete with precious jewelry, so that the look gets more refined.

4. Long Line Corsets

Long Line Corsets - How to Choose the Right Corset for Your Body Type

This is one of the in-convenient designs and is not very popular. They end up right at the top of your hips which makes any activity from walking to sitting a major problem.

These are perfect if you want to achieve a well defined torso and they are majorly worn under skin hugging dresses and are used by celebrities more than regular people due to the low comfort level.

5. Light Lacing Corsets

Light Lacing Corsets - How to Choose the Right Corset for Your Body Type

These are perfect for everyday wear. They are soft, light and work around your natural waist size by just highlighting your figure. They can be worn with dresses, tops and also paired with trousers and topped with a blazer and precious jewelry for the business look.

6. Tight Lacing Corsets

Tight Lacing Corsets - How to Choose the Right Corset for Your Body Type

This is strictly meant for those who are invested in corset waist training. They are very tight and offer a good amount of reduction in the size of your waist.

These are not used much due to the health problems really tight Victorian corsets cause.

It is important to understand that corsets can be very dangerous as well. So remember these pointers.

1. They do not reduce the fat on your waist; they push it down increasing the size of your thighs and behind.

2. Wearing then too tight can cause problem in breathing, leading you to faint and hence not having good affects on your health.

3. They are not meant for daily use as they constraint the body too much.

4. If you are using one with laces on the back, make sure that the laces are strong and tie up in the middle to provide better support.

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