First of all, I don’t wear corsets regularly in my everyday life. But a while ago I wore historical corsets everyday as an experiment because I wanted to find out how it would feel. And also to learn more about the pros and cons of wearing a corset on a daily basis. This is just my personal opinion, no universal pros and cons of everyday corset wearing! 😉
Pros Of Wearing Corsets
Clothes Fit Much Better
With a corset underneath, dresses and blouses fit so much better and without wrinkles.
It Provides Warmth
Wearing a corset in winter can be comfy because it provides additional warmth. Last winter I tried how it would feel to wear a corset everyday. And even though I get cold easily, with a corset underneath I was always warm. Sometimes, I didn’t even need to wear a coat over my sweater.
Always The Same Waist Measurement
If your waist changes a lot during a month which most bodies do, a corset can help you achieve almost the same waist measurements so that skirt waistbands and dresses always fit.
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Can Relieve Pain
Wearing a corset can relieve pain, like period cramps. I also seem to get less migraine attacks when I wear a corset everyday. Curiously, doctors in the Victorian era said that wearing corsets causes headaches while at the same time preventing migraine attacks! Isn’t that strange? 😀
Cons Of Wearing Corsets
My Waist Is Actually Bigger
You might think that a corset always makes your waist smaller. However, this is not always the case. Some corset even add to my waist measurement! Personally I’m not very squishy. And I also have a wide and rigid rib cage. So if I wear a traditional heavily boned coutil corset with a chemise underneath, my waist size is actually bigger than my natural waist!
Only with lightly boned or unboned thin cotton corsets – like my Edwardian unboned sports corset – I can actually reduce my waist size considerably.
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Too Hot In Summer
A corset can be too hot on hot summer days. But it’s not just the corset’s fault: If you follow the “underwear as outerwear” trend and only wear a corset over a slip, a corset is bearable even in summer. But it can be too hot to wear a corset with a full historical costume including all the necessary underwear when you’re used to modern summer clothes! 😉
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Can Be Uncomfortable
A corset can also be uncomfortable at certain times. Personally, I find it uncomfortable to wear a corset while driving in a car.