The first is that they shape the body, to enhance the hips and bust and slim down the waist, creating what is known as the hourglass shape that enhances a naturally curvy figure.
The corset can also be used to gradually reduce the waist measurement over time, but this will work best in conjunction with regular exercise and a healthy, non-fattening diet. Wearing a corset for four to five hours each day over a period of at least six weeks can result in a measurably trimmer waist.
Spinal and back problems can also be helped by wearing a corset, because it will hold the torso in the correct position and support the back. It will also help to correct the posture. It is advisable to consult a GP if considering using a corset for this purpose and while there are medical corsets available they are generally considered unattractive and often are only available in standards sizes. An attractive, tailor made designer corset will achieve the same result but with the added bonus that it looks good!
A corset can help with weight reduction because the close fit achieved in the steel boned corset and the tight lacing will put pressure on the stomach, causing food to be digested more slowly and also ensuring that the dieter will want to eat less.
There are three main designs of corset, the long corset that covers the body area from over the bust down to the hips, the standard corset covering from bust to just on the hips and the under bust corset that covers the area from just under the bust down to the hips.
These different designs make it possible for any woman to wear a corset, regardless of her natural body shape.
However, one thing all have in common is that the right size must be chosen for the corset to look good and achieve its purpose. The crucial measurement is the waist and correct size is the waist measurement minus four inches. This is the waist measurement when the corset if laced up and closed.