In my opinion, this question has come up because of the increasing popularity of waist training but perhaps more-so because of the growing popularity of the faja or latex cincher, and the whole world seems to be referring to these latex cinchers as "corsets".
What concerns me most about this, is that virtually every article either singing their praise or pegging them as "dangerous" include a teeny tiny disclaimer at the bottom where the author of the article states they've never waist trained. Furthermore, people are encouraging the use of a latex cincher during a workout, and by referring to the faja as a corset, people assume that working out in a steel boned corset is perfectly okay.
So let's do our best here to define what a corset actually is.
Here's good old Merriam-Webster's definition:
Now, whereas I realize that language evolves (from the 17th century to the early 20th century, corsets were frequently referred to as "stays"), but if that is the case, if a latex cincher or faja can now be referred to as a corset, then what will we call a steel boned corset?
As far as I'm concerned, if you are looking for something that you can workout in, then go ahead with a latex cincher and NOT a steel boned corset or steel boned waist trainer. If you are looking to cinch your waist by 4" to 5" (as you can with a steel boned corset) or by 6" to 7" (which a steel boned waist trainer can provide), then stick with steel boned; a latex cincher can not offer these results, not by a long shot.
Here are some bulleted key differences between latex cinchers and steel boned corsets:
Example of a Latex Cincher/Faja
So to wrap things up, for me a corset will always refer to a steel boned corset or a steel boned waist trainer, whether underbust or overbust; it will never in my vocabulary include a latex cincher.
Stay laced, corset lovers! x
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