Keira Knightley’s Elizabeth Swann plunging near-lifelessly into the sea due to a too-tight corset made for a dramatic image in the hit swashbuckling adventure film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. But why was such a moment so tense and captivating for a modern audience, most of whom had likely never worn a corset before in their lives?
There are practically infinite reasons why waist trainers are so great. They help you lose weight! They increase your confidence! And, of course, they’re a super fabulous addition to any fashion-conscious wardrobe!
Tightlacing, also sometimes referred to as extreme waist training, is a particular style of corseting with the goal of shrinking your waist to the smallest size physically possible.
Particularly successful tightlacers have been able to permanently reduce the circumference of their waists by up to 8 or even 10 inches. Of course, because of its more extreme, strict nature, tightlacing has drawn a lot of criticism. It is likely that most people who have been regularly tightlacing for more than a few months have at one point or another been accused of "destroying their bodies," most likely by someone who is neither a medical professional nor a waist training expert.
By now, you've probably caught on to just how enthusiastic we are about all things waist training.