shapewear corsets vs. fashion corsets for waist slimming
The main difference between shapewear and fashion corsets is function and a functional core. A shapewear corset is designed to compress your entire core and to smooth out muffin top, back rolls, and/or reduce your waist several inches. These garments do this at the expense of core function.
What this means is that the shapewear corset holds everything in tight so it does the work of the transversus abdominis (corset muscles) for you. So when a person says they feel their back is supported that means the corset is stabilizing the spine and back vs. the transversus abdominis stabilizing the spine.
This can be beneficial when you are seriously injured or are healing from any type of post pregnancy abdominal issue or any type of abdominal surgery. It can also help boost confidence when worn for short periods of time when you are not exercising for example for a special party or event. As your core gets stronger and leaner from corset exercises you will find that you rely on shapewear less and less because your internal corset is doing the work of "sucking you in" as women like to say.
For women who are not injured and have poor posture, weak deep abdominals (also known as TVA or corset muscles) that result in poochy abs, muffin top, and all those other issues wearing a shapewear corset actually makes all those problems worst. In these cases what the core needs 100% of the time is internal support otherwise the entire core gets weaker and the abs stick out or hang out more over time. Wearing an exercise belt or shapewear corset during exercise or most of the time disengages your core muscles and makes it even harder to shrink your waist and lose your gut.
A sexy fashion corset on the other hand provides zero support. It is strictly for looks but can help improve posture when you wear it since it's stiff and makes you aware of keeping your shoulders back and spine in natural alignment.
In burlesque dance the traditional burlesque look is the reason that fashion corsets are worn as the costume and also why they are removed half way through a performance. The point is to hide then reveal the amazing female figure.
A shapewear corset on the other hand is usually worn hidden under regular clothes for several hours a day to fake a better figure. Be sure to keep this in mind when choosing what type of corset to wear. Can you guess what type of corsets I recently got for new burlesque dance fitness videos I'm filming. One is pictured above and one is similar to another pic above.