So this one time (Tuesday), I tried to wiggle my way into a corset, only to get stuck for an alarmingly long amount of time. Seriously, it felt like forever. Truth: I've never worn a corset before. I've always admired how they looked on others, and I've always wanted to try one, but my body shape scared me off. My hip to waist ratio is redonk. My hips are basically the width of Texas (it's true). I would look at corsets and think "That'd be so fun to try, but my bottom half would never work". I could just envision the corset squeezing the daylights out of me and then causing a weird muffin top at both ends. Errrr, no thank you! Luckily that wasn't my reality when I finally tried some corsets, but it was certainly a fear.
I attempted to put on this latex corset from Corset Story by myself in the privacy of my own bathroom right? Well, I totally went about it the wrong way. Instead of unhooking the corset and putting it on like a jacket, I started by trying to put it over my head like I would a dress. HA! Y'all, I was stuck in that thing with my arms flailing over my head. Like, STUCK! I couldn't seem to wiggle out of it. I kept thinking to myself "OMG OMG OMG NO. Don't holler for Mike. Don't holler for Mike. No." Mike is my best friend. Goodness knows he has seen me in some compromising positions. Stuck in a corset would not be one of them! He's the type of guy who would look at me in utter disbelief, and then laugh at me. After taking a few pictures of course. (Though looking back I really do wish I had proof of how ridiculous this was haha!) After quite some time I managed to wiggle out. PRAISE! I put it down and walked away for a bit. After I regained my composure, I attempted this Corset Story waist taming corset. That went a wee bit better haha. I was totally squeezed in that sucker, but could see the visual difference. The waist reduction wasn't my favorite part though. My fascination with that corset came from how dang good my posture was! I have terrible posture. I slump and slouch and I'm likely destined to be the next Hunchback of Notre Dame. But when I put on the corset, I instantly sat up straight (believe me, I tried to slouch). While I don't see myself waist training any time soon, I might pop that bad boy on when I need to fix my posture or look smoking in a fitted dress.
I did finally work up the guts to get back into the latex one, and I actually loved how it smoothed everything out. It only has a waist reduction of 2 inches, so I didn't feel as squished right off the bat. The waist taming corset has the added bonus of the hip panels though. Those helped squash the fear of my hips being too wide to use a corset. Anyway, while I may not lace one up every day, I definitely plan on utilizing them for when I wear my favorite vintage reproduction dresses. It just adds that pin up flare, I think! I'm also looking up some fun Halloween costumes to wear it with.
Above are a few of my favorite designs from Corset Story. If you're the type of person who rocks a corset as an outfit, these 4 above could be awesome! I'm in love with the ivory and rose one especially. I plan on sharing an outfit soon with the corset so stay tuned!
Have you ever tried a corset? What about waist training?