In short: whether you wear a waist cincher with a slit in the back or a closed laced, you prefer 99%, unless the corset maker you ordered does not come to help you.
With Most OTR Corsets, The Size You Witness Is The Size You Get.
In other words: if you buy a waist trainer corset that indicates a size of 30. Then when it is closed, your inner corset size will also be 30 inches.
If you had to tighten it harder, the edges would start to overlap. (This lacing gap is ok!) By the way, the description of a “closed” corset occurs when the two edges of the lacing panels touch each other. A closed corset does not mean a corset “simply laced so that the modesty panel reaches the back”.
Note: There is far too much variation between the widths of modesty panels of different brands – some panels are 4 inches wide, others are 7 inches wide, and some do not have modesty panels! If closed means that it is congested then you cannot reduce it without changing the brace.
Why Would You Need A Lace in Your Corset?
There are many reasons why you might want to wear a corset with a small lacing gap;
- This can add flexibility to the back of the corset.
- They can be described as open laces acting like a hinge – so that you swing your hips when you walk, bend or do activities; the corset can move and rotate with you.
For Example: If you have a sensitive spine or if you have very little body fat and your vertebrae are visibly beyond your back. You may also find it more comfortable to wear the corset with a slit so that the corset steels don’t brush against your back. Having a gap in the back also explains weight fluctuations. If you lose 5 to 10 pounds, your waist cincher corset will always be fit without feeling too loose.
But If You Want To Wear Your Corset Closed, That’s Fine Too.
Almost everyone, regardless of body fat, experiences the “Venus Crease” – this is where the skin and erector muscles of your back are brought together to create a cleavage in the back.
Note: It’s not necessarily fat, people of all sizes can have it to some extent. And the same goes for muffins in waist trainer corsets with too tight a rib cage.
So, if you are inclined to Venus crease, which is more than likely you are. You may not have to worry about the corset rubbing against your spine, and you may be able to wear the corset wholly closed. If you desire it.
Plus, your weight fluctuations tend to increase rather than decrease (especially with age), it may be more economical to order corsets of the same size lower end of your comfortable weight range.
What Is The Width Of A Gap That Is Too Wide?
A corset too small: the difference is too big, even if the rear edges are parallel. If you have a 10-inch gap to the back of your corset, the side seams of the corset are too staggered on the side of your body;
- You do not have the proper torque to tighten the corset
- You run the risk of exerting uneven stress on the brace and curling it
- And putting too much pressure on the back of your body and not enough tension to the front of the body
What Is The Good Guideline For A Gap That Is Just The Right Size?
An interval of 1 to 3 inches is generally suitable for many people. And it is not possible to compensate for the seams of an OTR brace or the desired size. Even if your weight varies from 5 to 10 pounds. The distance between your Venus dimples is a guideline for the maximum space at the back of the corset.
For a brand such as HOWARD GOODS, a gap of about 10% of the size of your waist trainer corset is acceptable. So, if you wear a 60-inch brace that exists but not in the OTR. Your space in the back maybe 6 inches wide. And this does not affect the fit too much. But a huge difference of 6 inches on a person wearing a size of 20 inches will certainly not seem/feel/adapt in the same way. Therefore, it is better to aim a gap of 2 inches for this size.
For more information refer to our Ultimate Plus Size Shapewear Guide!