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WHAT IS "TIGHT-LACING?
[Updated 4/9/15]


I seriously doubt that a single definition is possible for this term, one that is bandied about on the web today by both thoughtful and "newbie" corset enthusiasts. A single definition is likely impossible because the term means different things to different people.

It's a term commonly associated with people who wear corsets—that much we can say. Other than that, the best statement I’ve heard on the matter hearkens back to Supreme Court Justice Potter (I believe it was he) and his famous comment on pornography: "Tight lacing is like pornography -- I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it!”

Chapter 13 of my Corset Magic waist-training book explores several reasonable definitions and their bases, promoted by fashion historian academicians and corset-enthusiasts alike. After much consideration of those definition, here is the one that makes most sense to us:

Tight-lacing is the process of wearing a corset that is considerably smaller than the natural waist size, typically a corset that constricts the waist at least four inches or more, where the corset is of such quality, comfort, and seasoning that it can be worn every day for six or more continuous hours, and where the ultimate restriction coupled with the period of wear is perceived as very challenging to the wearer, rather than easy.

What do you believe is the definition? Are the individuals pictured below on this page, "tight-lacers" -- or not?

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