Dear Miss Victory Violet,
I was wondering – do you wear a corset or any shaping wear on a daily basis? I can’t help but notice that you have such a tiny waist and bomb hourglass shape. I’m not overweight, but I have a wider waistline and have just been struggling to get the small waisted / hourglass figure. I would love to know what magic you have going on under there! Unless of course, you are just lucky enough to have that exaggerated figure. 😉
Any advice appreciated, thanks!
This is a question I get a lot and I think a lot of people assume I waist train with a corset. Here’s the truth: I do not wear corsets on a daily basis or waist train of any sort. I also don’t have a hourglass shape (defined by having equal bust & hip measurements) but am very much a Pear- it’s just not as obvious when I wear swing dresses!
I have a naturally small waist which I think is made to look even smaller because of my much larger hips- I have 15″ between my waist and hips! I don’t feel the need to wear corsets, I only wear them when I’m wanting a extra defined curve, usually for photoshoots. However, I do love to wear longline bras which smooth that area out and eliminate back bulges that regular bras can create. Ever since I bought my first Rago 2202 Longline Bra, I’ve never looked back. It’s so much more comfortable and I love the smooth look it gives.
I also tend to cinch my belts in tight especially if I’m wearing a top and skirt and I want to make sure everything stays in place. When I used to wear a regular bra, I would find the few inches of skin between the band of the bra and my belt would often feel uncomfortable so that’s another reason why I love wearing the Rago 2202.
Just recently I got a waist cincher from What Katie Did and have been wearing that every once and a while. This nips in my waist a little bit but works more at smoothing and defining. I don’t find it quite as comfortable as the 2202 but it’s brilliant for wearing with regular or strapless bras if your top requires it.
If you are wanting to define your waist a little more, I think a waist cincher is a good start. They are less hassle and easier to put on than a corset but will still give you some definition. They don’t provide as much reduction as a corset does but more helps to define and smooth. What Katie Did have several styles or you could look at Rago too.
Another trick to define your waist is to add a thin waist belt to your outfit- but don’t get too caught up on getting the ‘hourglass’ figure- you can still dress pinup as a pear (like me), an apple or whatever other shape you may be!
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