Woman obsessed with corsets shrinks her waist to 16 inches and admits she wears them for 20 hours daily
According to Sarah, she loves how wearing a corset has changed the shape of her body and how it has alleviated the anxiety that she battled for so long.
A woman who is obsessed with corsets, and who only started wearing the controversial garments so as to improve her posture has now completed her six-year-ordeal and reached a sixteen-inch waistline, reports the Daily Mail. 42-year-old Sarah Vaeth from Oregon currently wears a corset 20 hours a day so as to maintain her 16-inch waistline.
The social media marketing professional first donned a corset in 2012 in a bid to improve upon her poor posture, but she did not realize that she would soon get obsessed with corsets, which would lead her to wear an 18-inch corset every day. She was initially developing a hunched neck and shoulders due to her bad posture and saw corsets as a way for her to learn to hold herself up better, preventing a permanent hunch at a young age.
The instant hourglass figure which is achieved by wearing corsets made Sarah fall in love with the look immediately, which soon became an obsession for her. It encouraged her to delve deeper into the hobby and left her curious to see how much more difference she could create with even smaller corsets.
Sarah also admitted that she returned to wearing corsets for 20 hours every day only a few days after giving birth to her daughter four years ago. "I felt instantly sexy because that little bit of difference, just a couple of inches off the waist at first, looked astounding to me," she said.
"After a few minutes, I just felt awkward and uncomfortable because it takes a long time to break in a new corset. At first, I could only wear it for an hour at a time. A new waist-training corset starts out absolutely rigid and then gradually the steel boning starts to curve and conform to the body, and the body also begins to conform to the corset."
Sarah added, "As an adult, I've always liked my body because it was strong, but I didn't feel that my body was very feminine. I'm quite interested in tightlacing as a body art, with my own tightlacing becoming a kind of ongoing art project. I currently spend most of my time in a corset with an 18-inch waist, but I've recently started wearing a 16-inch corset for short periods of time."
"I own 14 corsets in total. Some are just off-the-rack, standardized corsets, but others are bespoke or semi-custom ones. I have a few interesting vintage corsets, which I bought as curiosities, although they are wearable. The bespoke corsets I've bought are between $359 and $388, and that's really at the low end for bespoke corsets. My off the rack corsets are all around $77 to $103."
Since she wears the corset more than half of the day, Sarah admits that she even falls asleep while wearing her corsets. "I tend to wear corsets for anywhere between 16 to 20 hours a day, and I almost always sleep in it. The longest I have gone wearing a corset constantly is 24 hours though."
Sarah also spoke about how she generally carries herself around with her minuscule waist size, saying, "During my ordinary daily routine, I wear a short-style corset, which allows me greater mobility. I can garden in it, clean the house and hike in it. The only thing I can't do is run, so I take it off for that."
Sarah, who has a four-year-old daughter Kestrel, said that since she did not wear a corset for the entire duration of her pregnancy, went back to it only a few days after giving birth and bringing her new baby home. "I bounced back pretty fast, I remember feeling relieved that it wouldn't be a lot of work to get back into the corset," Sarah said.
"I ended up only wearing it intermittently during the first year with my baby, sometimes sleeping in it. It was too inconvenient during the day. I was spending a lot of time sitting in a rocking chair with my baby, but the corset just got in the way. Once Kestrel was weaned and crawling, it made sense to pick the corset back up again properly. I'm really in love with corsets so I don't anticipate ever given them up for good."
According to Sarah, she loves how wearing a corset has changed the shape of her body and how it has alleviated the anxiety that she battled for so long. "I believe that it works very similarly to the kind of compression tools that are used therapeutically for a range of disorders," added Sarah.
"I think there's something about the way the corset forced the body into an upright, prouder posture. I think it tricks me into feeling more confident about myself. At the level of reduction I'm at, my ribs are compressed. This isn't something that I even notice very often, but I know that my lung capacity is less than it was in a natural state. The body is resilient. If I was to stop wearing a corset, it wouldn't take long for my body to return to its genetically predetermined state."