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Is Waist Training Safe? Truth vs. Myth

17 May, 2017 0 comments Leave a comment

Is Waist Training Safe? Truth vs. Myth

Waist training! It's been around for-ev-er but its seen a recent revival in popularity thanks to celebrities and influencers like Ms. Kim K, pictured above in this famous mirror selfie. Along with an increase in popularity, these celebrity endorsements have welcomed a flood of questions and concerns about the health and safety of waist training. Is waist training safe?

Although there's absolutely a wrong way to go about waist training that could have major implications on your health (we’ll get into the details of those later), there's also an absolutely safe and beneficial way to use waist training to improve your appearance as well as your physical well-being!

Because of all the noise and confusion associated with the safety of waist training, we thought we'd provide you with a one-stop shop to address all of your questions and concerns, and run through a couple of different waist training products we offer at Atomic Jane that may tickle your fancy. Happy reading, Atomic babes!


History

Is Waist Training Safe?

Waist training has been around for literally thousands of years with the sole purpose of reducing a woman's natural waist size. Although having roots as far back as 3,000 BC (woah), the most notable era of waist training popularity was the Victorian Era.

It was during this time that waist training was in it’s most widespread (and intense) form. There's no shortage of shocking images of women with waists so small you could probably fit your hand around them, most having fallen victim to the overwhelming social pressure to have increasingly smaller waistlines.

During this time it wasn't out of the ordinary for women to take extreme measures, putting their bodies and overall physical health at risk.

Fast forward to today, after periods of on and off popularity (very off in the ‘60s and ‘70s and semi-on in the ‘80s), the waist training movement has taken on a much different and modern form, gaining popularity through celebrity-sponsored social media posts.

A handful of celebrities have come out as waist training enthusiasts, and unlike the culture of our unfortunate predecessors, waist training today has a much more liberating purpose for women and their health!


Truth or Myth?

Myth…

"Waist training is dangerous in every context and something to be avoided if you’re not interested in having trouble breathing or having your organs permanently misplaced."


...Truth

Waist training is safe! And there's a correct and comfortable way to waist train. Although the previously mentioned, scary effects of waist training are an unfortunate reality if done incorrectly, there's an incredibly safe and beneficial way to waist train.

One of the biggest and most common mistakes made while waist training is waist training at an incorrect pace. Waist training takes time, and like anything that takes time, a certain amount of patience and consistency is required.

The danger in waist training comes when too much is done too fast, shocking the body and causing these physical health issues and discomfort.

A really good rule of thumb here is to listen to your body. Feeling super uncomfortable? Take it off! By working gradually with the rhythm of your body, you'll naturally be able to increase the time you have the waist trainer on and safely avoid discomfort.


Myth…

"Waist training is used for the sole purpose of making a woman’s waist smaller, making her more societally accepted because she fits a certain standard of beauty."


...Truth

No, no, no! Although this was the case way back in the day, waist training has evolved so much in its benefits and usage. Waist trainers are still known for their ability to slim the waist but in a very different context.

Waist training works wonders to improve self-love and self-confidence! It can be used to subtly reshape your stomach area and reduce love handles, a change that can make such a huge difference in the confidence of a woman and her ability to see herself as the beautiful creature that she is.

Waist training is often also used after pregnancy to get new mamas back to their bombshell shape and allow them to continue to feel like themselves after the body-changing experience of giving birth.

Waist training also works wonders to improve your posture. In the age of computers and cell phones, we spend so much of our time hunched over looking at our screens.

Waist training automatically corrects your posture, strengthening the muscles in your back and shoulders and leaving a lasting impact on your overall posture, even when the waist trainer comes off.

This can make a huge difference in a woman’s back health, breathing, and everything that comes along with having perfect posture!

 

Waist Training Products

Now that you have an idea of the history behind waist training and the major concerns involved with it, we'll introduce you to a few of our favorite Atomic Jane waist trainers! Each of these will provide you with the benefit of feeling nothing but strong, confident, and beautiful.

Click on any of these gorgeous items and you'll be taken to each of their individual product pages on our website! Because a perfectly fitted waist trainer garners the best results, we'll provide you with a cheat sheet sizing guide at the end of this post to ensure that you get into the absolute perfect piece for your bombshell body. Let's go!

 

Atomic Black Lace Steel Boned Waist Cincher Underbust Corset

Is Waist Training Safe?

 

Say hello to one of our most classic and popular waist trainers, the Atomic Black Lace Steel Boned Waist Cincher Underbust Corset! A lot of what you need to know about this bad boy is already in its name, but this is such an amazing option to choose when looking for something basic, solid and foundational.

Its steel boned construction and three level adjustable hook and eye front closure paired with its subtle lace detail make this waist trainer a classic and beautiful option to use to enhance that hourglass figure of yours! It can be purchased in sizes XS - 6XL and comes in at only $49!

 

Atomic Apricot Lace Steel Boned Waist Cincher Underbust Corset

Is Waist Training Safe?

 

You're currently looking at our Atomic Apricot Lace Steel Boned Waist Cincher Underbust Corset! Say that five times fast. Its steel boned construction makes it a sturdy and strong choice and its neutral color and lace detail make it so incredibly soft and romantic. This combination of strength and femininity will leave you feeling like the bombshell that you truly are!

This baby comes in sizes XS-6XL and is only $45!

 

Atomic Crazy Mod Steel Boned Underbust Corset

Is Waist Training Safe?

 

Are you a bit more of a wild child? Time to drool over our super adorable Atomic Crazy Mod Steel Boned Underbust Corset! The rainbow, mod, animal print adds such a pop of personality and color to this super solid steel boned waist cincher. It comes in sizes XS - 3X and can be added to your closet for just $59!

Fans of this waist trainer will be very happy to hear that by jumping on over to our website you can find this same exact style in a skull print as well as a super fun Batman inspired print! What are you waiting for?

 

 Sizing 

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Ladies, it can never be said enough: sizing is so so so important! Your comfort and results rely on you getting into the absolute perfect waist trainer just for you. We want to do our best to give you every resource we can, so here's our sizing guide to help you find the perfect fit!

For additional beautiful waist training products, corsets and more, head over to www.atomicjaneclothing.com and see all the exciting things we have in store! If you have any additional questions about the safety of waist training, need help finding your size, or have anything else that is on your mind, never hesitate to contact us at support@atomicjaneclothing.com!

 Happy Shopping, Atomic babes!

Tight Lacing and the Origin of the Corset

02 December, 2015 13 comments Leave a comment

If you were born with the world's most perfect hourglass figure, well congratulations! Don't go leaving yet, this post is still for you, because corsets were designed to enhance the natural female form. Quite frankly, all body types can still use a little "something extra" for special occasions.

Now, for the rest of us who may not have been born with perfect curves or have some serious desires to grab attention with a tiny waist, there is hope for us yet. Over the last few years, tight lacing has seen a popular resurgence. But, what is tight lacing, exactly?

   

The method reduces your waist by 4 inches or more, or about 20%. Please keep in mind everyone and every body type is different, meaning this number may change.

This may not be something you choose to do every day. Let me clarify that.  Tight lacing has its place. If you are not looking to train your waist semi-permanently, you can still see some pretty cool results.  Burlesque, cosplay, and special occasions are all times when you may want to tight lace. 

Wait A Minute, So Is It The Same As Waist Training?

This is a great question. The term waist training usually refers to the process of trying to semi-permanently or permanently change the shape of your waist. It involves a very strong, well-fitting corset worn over many hours each day. Sometimes it is even worn while sleeping and in some cases while exercising.

Most popularly an underbust style corset, (such as thing one below,) would be chosen if looking for these types of results.

To achieve the desired effect, the lacing would be pulled tightly. However just because all waist training uses tightly laced corsets, does not mean all tightly laced corsets are training your waist.  That was a tongue twister!

Choose a corset that can be repurposed for everyday, like in this example:

So, How Do I Tightly Lace My Corset?

To achieve proper form, first, you need a strong foundation in terms of which corset you decide to choose. Choose a strong corset that is well made and will not rip.  A corset that can be tight laced may have acrylic bones; but try and limit to this type of boning when you are only intending on being laced for a short amount of time (i.e. a special evening, or photo shoot). For long-term wear, choose a corset with steel bones so the shape stays in place and there is no worrying about the bones warping over time.  Just as when choosing any type of corset, making sure to purchase the correct size is essential. Here in this example, we can see all of the ideal elements: well made, steel boning and beautiful!

Now this one here is acrylic boned, but it has hard wearing material so there is no creasing when pulled tight. 

 

Examples of In Modern Times

Dita Von Teese, burlesque dancer / entertainer extraordinaire is known for her hourglass-laced figure. If you are not familiar with Dita's art, here is a short bio from her website Dita.net:

"Taking audiences on a journey into fantasy and spectacle, Dita is renowned for her ornate sets and dazzling haute-couture performance costumes...""

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 "Dita Von Teese at Cannes 2007" by Mireille Ampilhac - originally posted to Flickr as Cannes 2007. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The quote goes on to list her as a "Burlesque Superheroine". That's pretty awesome.

Corset History Lesson Time!

The actual term “tight lacing”, comes from the laces that are pulled through the holes, going up the back of a corset. Here is another element of a well-made piece; thick, strong laces and metal eyelets, or grommets, to reinforce the holes. This dress has both. You won't have any pulling at the site due to the extra stitching and steel ringlets.

The word corset comes from a French term meaning, "a kind of laced bodice". They really gained traction during Victorian fashion, but they were by no means a new invention. The first one known to be documented was spotted back in 2000BC, so this is some serious vintage fashion we are talking about! Thanks to how fabulous wearing one looks and feels there is now a much larger selection available and women are not limited to only one style

If you take a day to browse around your local museum, chances are you will see many ladies wearing corsets back in the 16th century. Original corsets were meant to flatten the torso while also raising the bust. They were worn under garments. The added benefit of a tiny waist had not yet been discovered.

The corset stayed around for a few hundred more years. During this  time, the big shoulder was really in.  Think 80s shoulder pad x10.  By the time the Victorian period hit, though, the shoulder was out  and it was finally time to get that cinched waist going. Eyelets were not added until around 1828 and 2 years later the front  faster eyelets came into existence. 

This made putting them on a  whole lot easier because women no longer had to get completely  unlaced to get in and out; saving time and effort.

"...the best gift of all: you will love the way you look."

The Modern Everyday Corset

 The corset of today does not require the time and effort commitment  of corsets past nor does it ever need to be done up tightly (unless that is the look you are going for).

These pieces can be worn under blazers or cardigans and paired with skirts or pants. The sexy, fun and vintage element they bring to an outfit will bring compliments and the best gift of all: you will love the way you look.

Ouch! My Corset Hurts

There is one very important rule to remember when attempting to get that perfect waist.  If while wearing your bustier, you are gravely uncomfortable or your corset is painful, then something is wrong. That old saying; "it hurts to be beautiful", should not take a literal form in this scenario. Possible reasons for why a piece might cause discomfort might be quite easy to fix.  

You might be wearing the wrong size. Another problem might be the way you are lacing your corset. We have a whole post coming soon on how to lace your corset, so stay tuned for that if you think this might be where your problem is coming from. In the meantime, do not be afraid to reach out to Atomic Jane Clothing with questions you might be having with comfort or fit.

You can email support@atomicjaneclothing.com if you are not sure about which size to start with, and if that feels a bit too formal, leave a comment and I will get back to you in whatever way is easiest for you. We want you to look good, but more importantly we want you to feel just as good!

 

Everything You Have Every Wondered About Corsets, Part 2

30 October, 2015 4 comments Leave a comment

This is part 2 of a blog series where we are talking about everything you have every wondered about corsets.



In this post, we will be covering waist training, seasoning your corset, and health benefits of corset wear. We are also covering how to choose the right size, and finally, addressing the myths and rumors around corsets being dangerous. Take a look at Part 1 for more information and on other corset-related topics.  


What is Waist Training?

Every day there is a new celebrity whose Instagram is filling up with waist training praise. Here are all the details. 


Waist training is a process of wearing a steel boned corset to semi-permanently mold your waist into an hourglass figure. Considered a body modification technique, over a long period of time the continuous pressure and remolding, will leave you with a waist that retains an hourglass figure. Even when the corset is not worn. What it will not do, is make you lose weight. Sadly enough, you will still need the old-fashioned diet and exercise for that goal. 

Waist training takes enormous dedication.  When done properly it produces noticeable results. Many users swear they also experience other positive benefits. 


How soon can you see results from waist training?

You know the old rule, hair grows a ½ inch per month? Unfortunately, there is no exact formula like this for training the waist.  Results vary based on the individual's circumstances and other factors. Here is the breakdown. 


Amount of body fat
The softer your waist and stomach area is, the amount in inches a corset may be able to" pull it in," or cinch, is significantly greater. But it will take longer for the fat to diffuse and remold itself to other areas of the waist. 



If your stomach and waist area is mostly muscle there won't be a huge change seen in the circumference of the waist at first. But, the body will be quicker to retain the hourglass shape when not wearing a corset.

Other factors
A properly fitting corset is key. The piece should be flat against the body without bulges or bends. Consist wear of the trainer is required. Working up to wearing the piece 8 hours to then skip a week is not going to produce the same results as those who are consistent. 


Seasoning your corset 

Let's talk about seasoning. You may have heard the term on a blog or a corsetry shop and wondered what it meant. Seasoning your corset is a fancy way of saying; break it in. The same way you would not wear a new pair of stiff shoes for a prolonged period of time; your corset also needs time to adjust to the shape of your body. 

Corsets are made to be pulled tightly, but they need to gradually be worn over a few wears before achieving a tight-lace.  By working up to long periods of wear slowly, you have a better chance of the bones warping well with your curves. The fabric, stitching, and eyelets will remain undamaged when properly seasoned.  

This advice is especially poignant for waist training corsets, which are crafted with steel bones, and firm material. 


Do fashion corsets require seasoning?
Generally, fashion corsets are not intended for prolonged use. A waist training corset might be worn every day under your clothes vs a fashion corset worn for a single outfit. Fashion corsets often have fabric laces vs the firm cord laces of a waist training corset. You should still gradually allow the corset to get used to your body before fully tightening the laces, but you do not have to wait multiple wears. 


Are corsets dangerous?

There is plenty of bad information to go around about the safety of corsets. In the Victorian Age, there were warnings about wearing a tightly laced corset.  They ranged from moving the internal organs to a completely different place in the body to causing hysteria and even death.

As grotesque and terrifying these assumptions were, it teaches us 2 things;

  • People in the Victorian Age did not understand how a corset worked.
  • It was best not to get sick back then since it seems doctors didn't have much of an idea of how the human body in general worked. Scary stuff!

Note: This scene below; has never happened. I promise. 

"Fatal effects of tight-lacing cropped" by Unknown - Cropped version of http://www.vads.ac.uk/large.php?uid=78503&sos=4. Licensed under CC BY 4.0 via Commons

To answer the question; no. Corsets are not dangerous. With proper use and wear corsets are completely safe. They can help you achieve a cinched waist look or be used to train the waist. 

The process of waist training is also safe and does not damage your body. In fact, a study done by orthopedic surgeons in Japan found that wearing a corset could actual help some of their chronic pain patients. 


What are the benefits of waist training or corset wearing?

The obvious benefit of training your waist, or corset wearing, is being happy about the way you look when you have one on. When we feel confident, sexy, and proud of our silhouettes it's pretty awesome. 


Corsets by nature also improve your posture while tightened around the body. There are certain medical conditions and ailments that are said to improve by wearing a corset. I can personally tell you from experience, if I wear one while I am sitting at the computer for an extended period of time, my back feels better than usual. While we totally want you to feel better if this is a problem you experience, you should definitely talk with the doctor first. Ask if a corset might help you out with pain before you go trying one out for solely this purpose. 


Should I buy my corset in a smaller size than I regularly wear?

This is a common question.  Customers wonder should they buy a size down than they would regularly wear? Since the end goal is achieving a waist that is smaller than an un-corseted size, I understand how this could be confusing. 

No, you should not buy a corset that is too small. Let's talk about sizing.

The process of choosing a size for any garment, especially when purchasing online can seem daunting. Size charts are fantastic but confusing too. My own measurements put me in the medium category for bust, but my waist and hips are large. A full-figured woman with a large bust might have the opposite outcome, with her bust requiring a large and waist coming in at a small. 

First decide, what type of corset you want. 

The Overbust, the Bustier, and Corset dress
Overbust and bustier corsets cover the bust and can meet at the high or low waist. The long line option will come down over the lower hips (area where regular jeans would end) extending to cover about half of the hip area. 


The easy solution; size for your bust. If you don't have enough room up there for the girls the corset will not be comfortable. The laces will be able to pull everything else, the hips and waist, together. In my case of a smaller bust, I don't want there to be a gap between my bust and the fabric so I would still order for my bust size. 


The Underbust
An underbust corset starts at the hips and ends just below the bust. They can be worn under clothing to shape or for waist training. They can also be worn over clothing to achieve both cinching and fierce fashion. 

Since the bust is not involved, for this piece you size for your waist. 


How do I measure myself?

Tools required: Tape measure
When measuring the bust, you want to get the numbers from the fullest point. Think, the middle area where your bra cup holds you up. Measure yourself bra free. 

Wrap the tape around your back and pull up to meet the area you will be measuring. Make sure you are standing up straight. Next continue the tape around your bust area. Pull taut, but not tight. What I mean here is you do not want any bulge around the tape – we want to see an accurate circumference.  However many inches you get is your bust measurement. 


Waist
The first step is finding your natural waist. Often this is the smallest part of your waist. You can check out our sizing chart below for guidance if you are unsure of where this is. A good test to confirm you have found your natural waist is standing in front of the mirror and bending side to side. The "bend," is the natural waist.

As with measuring the bust, you want the tape taut, but not tight. The tape should be flat against your body with no creasing. You do not want to hold in your stomach while measuring, but you do want to be standing straight. 


If you are having trouble choosing the size for you, we are always available to help you out. Email support@atomicjaneclothing.com and a member of our team will help you pick.