What effects does it have?

What is it?

Shaped clothing that thins the waist or has a slimming effect.

It's also known as Girdles, Waist cinchers, Tightlacing, or Corset training.

How long does it last?

The effects last as long as the corset is worn. Prolonged use over a period of years can be used to 'train' the body to have a smaller waist.

More information


There is little or no medical research into the health effects of wearing corsets. A literature search by Gender Construction Kit found only one medical study 1. The long term health risks are entirely unknown.


  1. 1 Gau, Colleen Ruby (1998) “Historic medical perspectives of corseting and two physiologic studies with reenactors.”

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