Heh... I just looked myself up on BlogLovin.com... where I have a grand total of one follower (hi there, lonely BlogLovin follower...)! But apparently I have an average of 13 posts a week, which I think is quite impressive (I could be biased...). Also, today my beautiful Posiez parasol arrived from Etsy, and I am pleased to note that it not only is it exquisitely charming (much like its owner - stop laughing, you at the back) but it survived its trip across the high seas from America in one piece.
Now... on to the main event.
Corsets are a mainstay of Goth fashion, and look gorgeous on every woman (and man - yes, men wear corsets too), offering anything from a light cinch to the grip of an iron vice to give the perfect hourglass silhouette or a dramatic, wasp-waisted look. Unfortunately, there are a few traps and pitfalls for those new to wearing a corset, so here's a little advice to save you some time (and backache).
Whilst modern corset tops often look like traditional corsets, they usually have plastic boning and as such have little to no effect on the shape of the wearer's body. 'Genuine' corsets are nowadays usually steel-boned, which makes them very heavy.
|Source: Lip Service Webzine|
Tightlacing is a practise wherein men or women wear a tightly-laced corset for long periods of time. They learn to tolerate extreme waist constriction and can gradually reduce their natural waist size, with the ideal being anything from 14-20 inches. Tightlacing, also called corset training or waist training, is sometimes considered a form of body modification as it may even alter the shape of the ribcage over time. Tightlacing is also often associated with fetishistic interest; some tightlacers wear their corsets for up to 23 hours a day.
Of course, of the hundreds if not thousands of Goths who own corsets only a few are tightlacers; although I did see a woman with a 17"-waist at DV8 Fest - it certainly lends a surreal appearance.