1.Q. Can I effectively waist train at my age of
A. Most likely, yes!
Owner Ann started to corset and waist train at age 48 and continues
today some 24 years later. It's true that the earlier one
starts, the easier it may be, however, it is unwise in
our opinion to start any earlier than age 18, possibly 21 for
young women, for the
2.Q Is there a minimum age you recommend starting to
A. Not one set in stone and there are no modern-day
definitive medical pronouncements on the matter. However there is an age below which I do
not believe anyone should seriously waist train or close
a corset down too much, and that is age 18.
I will consider advising anyone age 18 and older,
but will also encourage young women not to train until after
age 21 when growth of long bones has slowed considerably
stopped. There is some evidence that boy's bones
stop growing at an earlier age than those of girls.
We know from fashion history that during Victorian times
young girls as early as age six were placed first into a
light, unboned bodices or training
corsets, then anywhere from age 10 to 14 were dressed
in a more restrictive, steel-boned and
formal corsets. View a fascinating page below,
from a 1901 French
catalog touting corsets for young girls. For that reason, many young women
evidenced very narrow rib cages, yet rarely complained
about the discomfort of tight lacing. A physician consultant
told me that others were not
corseted so early, at least until about age 16,
and thus, it is this group that might have complained
against precipitous lacing down.
Because today we know
that long bones do not complete growth in young women
until about age 21 or later, I feel it is unwise for
below age 21 to waist train. Inquiries will be entertained
at 18 and above, however a physician's statement
may be required. Other than that limit, I know of no reason that a
generally healthy individual cannot waist train at
a young age over 21 years, considering of course any particular individual
health issue that might mitigate against moving too
fast or too far in the lacing down process.
Of course you must consider your own individual
circumstances, and pay close attention to what your
body -- and personal physician -- tells you!
3.Q. Would you make me a Junior Prom (high school) corset ensemble?
Please realize that we won't produce a corset for anyone
under age 16, and from 16 to 18 we will require contact
with your parent to ensure they approve of this garment
purchase with your own funds or theirs. We produce corsets
with waistlines that close down in back only one to three inches
maximum, for the reasons stated above. View above right,
our lovely client Bree who designed the romantic turquoise and
lace corset ensemble by
Sharon McCoy Morgan for her Jr. Prom, and
above left, dramatic Jaclyn who
designed the elegant scarlet silk and beaded overlay
Sue Nice for her Sr. Prom.
"I do not know of any
other high schoolers that had corsets, so mine made me
feel pretty unique. Most commented on how beautiful
it was and how they wanted one! My parents both liked
it. I think they found it special because I designed
it by choosing the fabric and how I wanted it to look."