Anonymous asked: What would you say is the youngest age to safely start wearing corsets?
No younger than sixteen for minimum wear, and absolutely no waist training before eighteen.
If a corset fits properly and is being worn in a safe, moderate way (laced tightly enough to give back support without compressing the ribs or internal organs), it is safe to wear even in childhood. While it would be impractical for a child or adolescent (or an adult, for that matter) to wear a corset for play or athletic activities, unless they have a back problem that requires the support, wearing a corset that fits them properly for sedentary activities would not be in any way unsafe. In fact, considering the posture that backpacks and sitting all day in bad chairs can cause in students, wearing a firmly-laced corset would probably be more helpful than harmful to their spine and back muscles in general.
If I had been able to get a corset when I was in high school, I wouldn’t have had to spend years in agonizing back pain. This sort of ignorance makes me sick.
Oh, and a proper age to begin waist training would be whenever you have reached your adult height. For some people that’s eighteen, for many it’s younger, or even older. Eighteen is not the magical age at which all adult things become safe. This blogger is just throwing it out because no one is allowed to get mad at you if you use “not until you’re 18 or you will be in danger" as a general guideline these days, whether it’s actually true or not.
I suppose the difference here is that I am thinking of corsets as supportive garments built and worn for practical purposes, rather than some sort of retro body-squishing kink that might corrupt your developing body, even worn minimally, if you’re under 16.