In perusing the internet for corseted inspiration, you may have come across the common admonishment of “don’t tie your laces around your waist!” But why such gravity to the condemnation of the simple arrangement of one’s excess laces? The reasoning is valid, though at times left unmentioned. Understanding why this might be considered a poor practice is paramount to banishing the habit from your own corset wearing experience…
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4 reasons that it’s OK to leave condescending comments regarding this when reblogging pictures of people in corsets.
1. it’s not.
2. Stop doing this.
3. If you are one of the people that does this unfollow me now.
4. Seriously, do you have nothing better to do with your time?
This is always the same people who gave me shit for the pictures Katelizabeth did with one of my corsets which was in a rockpool (i.e the corset got wet)
Aside from the fact it had been made specifically for this shoot, they all seemed to forget that it is my property and if I am happy taking that risk with it that is down to me. Just like those who choose to tie their laces around their waist (for whatever reason)
Maybe some people have one OTR “waist trainer” and might never be able to afford another corset in their lives, but (like bras) corsets are not meant to be worn day in day out year after year without being replaced. In the Victorian era corsets that came with a year long guarantee were seen as extremely durable. In the Edwardian era it was commonplace to buy “corset shields” which were little strips of boning about 3 or 4 inches long which you would use at the waist when the bones had snapped there (i.e they were aware this was something which would get damaged when the corset was worn a lot)
As such, although tying your laces around your waist may be seen as “potentially harmful” I really do not think it will cause damage before casual wear and tear has realistically led the corset past it’s natural life span. Any damage caused to the fabric by tying your laces around your waist will have come long after the fabric around the eyelets has worn through from the constant friction of pulling the laces across it, for example.
It’s a bit like that bra we all have - the one which fit perfectly, looked badass and felt like a dream. And we all got annoyed because the clasp broke/the underwire poked through, and got angry at how short lived it was because it cost £30…. and then we realized it was actually three years old, and bras have a suggested life span of six months when worn regularly.
Well, it sucks that your corset won’t last forever either, but corsetry is an expensive hobby. If you wear your corset day after day, you’re going to have to accept that it *will* need replacing on a fairly regular basis. If you don’t wear your corset that often, it’s not going to do that much damage tying your laces around the waist anyway.