Everyone wants to look good with a slim figure. This desire is not new. In earlier days, corsets were worn as a personal garment in order to mold and shape the torso into a desired shape. However, modern corsets are fashionable garments- usually tops or dresses, but the underlying desire remains the same- looking good and in shape. Although, they are most popular among women, corsets are liked by and available for men too.

How Corsets Enhance Body Shape

Corsets are designed to draw in the waist and flatten the tummy. A corset also supports the back of the wearer. A properly fitting hourglass shaped corset reduces the amount of pressure on the lower back, thereby avoiding discomfort. It helps in improving the posture by keeping it upright and thus modifying figure, carriage and movement of the wearer. If someone wants to use corsets for extreme figure correction then the techniques of tightlacing or waist training has to be followed.

Corset tops with skirts or a corset dress give a perfect shape to your body. In fact, corset dresses have been favorite with brides and all those who want to hide their body flaws on special occasions. If, anyway, you are wearing a corset under your clothes then, a simple corset, without bulky exterior lace trims, is best for you.

How to Buy a Corset

When buying a corset, right size is what matters. Corsets are usually sold in waist sizes, in 2 inch increments from 18 inches to 40 inches depending on the style. The corset having measurement 4 inches under the natural waist measurement is what any one will need. For example, if the measurement around the narrowest part of relaxed waist is 30 inches then a corset in size 26 inches is required.

Measurements should also be taken properly. Measure around the fullest part of the bust, the narrowest part of the waist (high waist directly under the rib cage) and around the top of hip bones. Don't pull the measuring tape too tightly, and always measure more than once for accuracy.

How to Wear a Corset Comfortably

A well-made corset fits comfortably at the ribs and hips and gently compresses only the waist, thus making you breath easily. To have total comfort, don't lace the corset too tightly during the first several wearings. Corsets mold naturally with time so as to hug the body curves. Always lace down just less than you feel you can tolerate. Take special care of the skin under the corset. If possible, powder the skin all around your torso before you put on the corset. If you plan to wear the corset more often, then also consider wearing a camisole, bodystocking, chemise, or leotard to help prevent chafing when the corset is laced. A tube top pulled down around the waist is also advisable if you want that nothing shows over or under the corset.