Corsets are making a revival as fetish wear and couture fashion, but more importantly as a comfortable back support option.

But corsets also can be used as part of a weight loss program of healthy eating and minimizing portions. A corset can be a non-surgical tummy tuck.


From the old French word “cors” which is the body and “cotte” which is a tight fitting garment, corsets were first seen on Minoan priestess and then Grecian women. These stiff garments were worn up through the end of the Edwardian period. Beginning with the Victorian or 18th century an hourglass styled corset offered support and comfort to both men and women.

Weight Loss

A comfortable laced-up corset will cinch in the waist and instantly move the organs downward and the breasts up giving the appearance of a smaller waist. A custom or well made corset can be worn for hours at a time. You will be able to eat less food and still feel full.

Consult a physician before attempting to use a corset for weight loss training. To begin, slowly introduce wearing a corset for two hours a day covering a meal time. Gradually increase the hours of wear to no more than eight hours a day. The organs need to get used to the restriction and your body will also need to get used to the restrictive movement.

Under or Over the Bust Corsets

Most medical corsets are made to wear under the bust. Fashion corsets offer an option of two styles. Under the bust corsets can be worn longer and seamlessly underneath clothing. Over the bust corsets push the breasts together and upward for a sexy appearance. Over the bust corsets can be worn as outer garments.

A corset presses in the abdomen area, which brings support to the lumbar region. This improves posture and reduces pain on the spinal column. The longer length and contoured corset limits anterior and posterior motion and rotation while remaining comfortable given those restrictions.

Choosing a Style

The hourglass shape of Victorian corsets are available today in cotton, silk, denim, PVC and leather. Originally whalebone was used to shape and hold the corset’s and the wearer’s form. Today, flexible steel rods and coiled metal strips allow for flexibility and support for longer wear. These corsets all require little care, but cannot be thrown into a washer. Just gently brush with a clean damp cloth.