Just received this email from a lady with whom I’ve been corresponding as she judges her budget and tries to settle on the right rib-straightening style of corsetry:
“Last week I did wear a wide leather belt I had at home to try to catch the bottom part of my ribs and bring them in, so I could start training them, but I ended so sore and red abrasions from it.”
We’ve heard that before when a client goes about ‘seasoning’ a new belt too precipitously, but rarely such a complaint even if seasoning a custom corset the same. That is because the corset will sculpt over the body if properly made and not tweak or pinch, nor have truly hard edges as has a sturdy leather belt.
Even our Training Belt when it was in production (we have no team maker just yet and do not offer it as of April 2011 but hope to in the future), had some similar problems if folks belted down too much or wore it for too long. Additionally we have had clients report back that they experienced a much more gaseous tummy with a belt than with a corset. The final problem is that a belt will undoubtedly squish out the lower belly and might tend to encourage it to reamin so, the longer you belt down, especially if not worn with a sturdy girdle to control more of the lower torso.
That being said, I like to wear my belt occasionally or as an alternative to a more body-snugging corset. The belt will allow you to breathe and move more readily and might be preferable for those reasons.
Shown left is a gorgeous hand-made embellished Training Belt by our former maker Kevin, worn backwards, more in a fashion style.