The difference between so-called latex corsets and steel boned corsetry

The first time someone asked for a latex corset, I assumed they meant a real corset made of latex. Then someone asked about a workout corset and I just thought they were weird. Well the requests kept coming so I asked Brema to do a little research on the matter and we discovered there was a whole waist training movement going on that has nothing to do with the pretty Victorian garments we are used to wearing and more to do with sweaty rubber girdles. I’ll now let Brema take over as Guest Blogger today to explain:

Latex Girdles vs. Steel boned corsetry

Latex Girdles vs. Steel boned corsetry

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 that 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 ramp 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.

So 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. It’s a fancy new name for an old fashioned girdle made of latex. 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 actuall 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 waist 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 😉 – Brema Ebbing

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