Corsets_ Waist Reduction And Corset Comfort

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					Corsets and Waist Reduction
  Wear a well-laced corset Extended Periods practice known tightlacingmen and
women learn to tolerate extreme waist constriction and reduce the natural waistline.
Tightlacers generally aimed at 40-43 cm (16-17 inch) waists. The Guinness Book of
World Records records two instances of women reducing to 15 inch waists: Ethel
Granger and Cathie Jung. Other women, such as Polaire also indicate that these
reductions.
  These are extreme cases. Corsets were and are generally designed to support the
freedom of movement, an important aspect of the design. Today's corset wearers
usually tighten the corset just enough to reduce waists to dimensions that range from
18 to 24 cm.
  Corsets and Corset Comfort
  Moderate corset lacing is not incompatible with vigorous activity. Indeed, in the late
nineteenth century, when corset wearing was common, there were sport corsets
specifically to wear while cycling, tennis or horseback riding, as well as maternity
wear.
  Many people believe that all corsets are uncomfortable and that wearing them
restricted women's lives, citing Victorian literature for sensible or hygienic dress.
However, these writings were most apt to protest against the abuse of corsets
tightlacing, they were less vehement against corsets themselves. Many reformers
recommended "Emancipation bodices", which essentially closely fitted vests, like full
torso corsets without boning.
  Most modern corset wearers will testify that corsets can be comfortable when you're
accustomed to wearing them. A well-fitted corset should be very comfortable. Women
are active in the Society for Creative anachronism and a historical re-acceptance
groups often wear a corset as part of period costume, without complaint.
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