Writer Caitlin takes a look at the popular fetish of tightlacing. What are its roots, how has it changed over the years, and what does it look like now?

 

The first corsets became popular in 16th century Europe and were believed to have originated in Italy. Corsets began relatively simply and evolved dramatically. They went in and out of fashion more than once before the 1840s and 1850s when tightlacing became a popular trend.


Tightlacing, or corset training, is the act of modifying one’s appearance and posture with the assistance of a rigid and tightly-laced (hence the name) corset. It is often referred to as corset training because it can take years of training one’s body to bring the waist down to the desired size. This needs to be done daily and over time, since bodies are not capable of sizing down so significantly from the start.

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Tightlacing has been around since the 16th century

 

History of tightlacing

Historically, tightlacers were derided for endangering their health. Especially those who suffered enough to achieve extremely small waists. These people were considered to be slaves to fashion!
 

“Tightlacing, or corset training, is the act of modifying one’s appearance and posture with the assistance of a rigid and tightly-laced corset.”

 

While medical and clerical warnings circulated, tight lacing endured as a forerunning fashion for young and especially wealthy women until the turn of the century. These types of corsets can be aesthetic. They can create a dramatic hourglass figure, making the wearer hold themselves straighter, and resulting in other desired visual effects.


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For some people, the pleasure of tightlacing can also be in bodily restriction and the obedience aspect of the training itself.

 

A form of medical fetish

Tight lacing may also play into medical fetishes for some people. Medical corsets were and occasionally still are used to correct spinal irregularities. However, the obedience and restriction aspects are the more common attraction these days for people who try tightlacing (though it can be for aesthetic reasons as well). Nowadasy tightlacing can be seen regularly in burlesque, fetish scenes, and haute couture fashion.

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Be strict to restrict: obedience is necessary in tightlacing

 

Tightlacing as a type of body modification

People of all genders enjoy tightlacing. In fact, one of the most famous tightlacers, who also makes extremely beautiful corsets, is designer Mr Pearl. Another notable figure is Dita von Teese, who has a 15-inch waist when corseted.


RELATED: A Guide To Tightlacing & Corsets For Men


Tightlacing can also be seen as another form of body modification. One that takes dedication over time and can dramatically alter the shape of someone's body. Although these days people are more likely to use 'corsets' that involve very little compression, there are some who are entranced by this beautiful form of training. •
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Caitlin is a writer, sex educator, consultant, and product reviewer who focuses primarily on issues of sex toy and accessory safety, pleasure, sexuality, gender, and more.


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Nicholas38

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I really want to become your slave forever please come pick me up im serious about becoming your toilet slave forever
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Im willing to pay you girls money to come over and tie my hands behind my back and then enjoy turning my mouth into your toilet I really want to drink your pee and be forced to eat chew and swallow all your poop 💩 shit and diarrhea I don't care how nasty or horrible it's going to taste or smell idc I am ready asap 480 438-3585 I live at Aspire West apartment number 234 4903 W thomas rd Phoenix Arizona 85031

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Li****

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Waist not waste!! Typos and auto spell correction!!
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Li****

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...... forgotten about and never mentioned anymore within the kink community!!! I've been waste training for a good few years now I don't do it as much as I used to but I still get a very good reduction. Personally I love the way it looks and feels always makes me feel super sexy and super feminine

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Li****

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Oh it's good to see that this is a topic again! Corsetry is hardly ever mentioned anymore. In fact it's that

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Tr****

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Would be interested to try this

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ki****

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Would love to meet somebody also into this
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En****

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Just bought my first leather corset. Feels amazing on

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Would love one

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ch****

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Latexxx

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Dessybit

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Snap: destiny7203

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turret

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I t would be dream of mine come true to be able to corset a slender young guy ☺️

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Ri****

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Nothing finer than a lady in a corset!
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Pr****

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You mean present?! Omg let’s pretend this is a play on words, FET, cos it’s published now !
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Absolutely sexy in my eyes...very desirable

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Li****

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My Corset is going on this weekend

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LadyMiriam

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Mister Pearls corsets are gorgeous. Stop number one if I ever win the lottery. 

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