Corsets and Ties:
Men in Corsets & Women in Ties.
Rear view of a waistcoat corset by Dark Garden.
Photo: Joel Aron, 2012.
[New Post] Corset Snark Is Also Body Snark
"Corsets are increasing in popularity and visibility and the issue of corset snark needs to be addressed from within the community as well as from an outsider perspective."
1. © Max Johnson | Model: Nicole Simone | Corset: Pop Antique
2. © Joel Aron | Model: Allie Major | Corset: Dark Garden
3. © Jon Bean Hastings | Model: Elisa Berlin | Corset: Pop Antique
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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…
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.
In defence of Straitlaceddame’s article, she gives examples of why people say not to do this. Yes, this includes the wear of the corset, but also just aesthetic reasons such as ‘it bulks up the corset.’ She also says that this might not apply to everyone several times. I think she had good intentions of explaining why everyone seems so hell bent against this on tumblr.
I think having an article to point people to is better than just passive aggressively reblogging and shaming them. Obviously not everyone will care, and I’m kind of with you on the ‘yes, but does it really matter front,” but also on the ‘but why would even do that in the first place?’ side too.
The article is well written but to me it is two points not 4
(1. It may potentially damage the corset. 2. it doesn’t look great -whether that is because it changes your silhouette or just looks ugly it is really the same point to me)
I meant more the condescending comments left on reblogs than anything else, but I still don’t think it’s OK to point people to an article like this when they have uploaded a picture of themself in a corset with laces tied around the waist unless they have explicitly said “hey, the fabric of my corset is wearing out, any tips why?” or “is it OK to tie the excess laces like this?” etc.
I’m pretty weird about interacting with people/socializing etc though, and I do think it’s socially appropriate to leave text like this on my reblogs of things, so who am I to judge ;)
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Here is my requested reveiw of my meschantes corset i hope that you enjoy it and find it helpful. If there are any questions you are welcome to just ask. -Bunny