Corset Story - Is wearing a Corset bad for you?

Our guide to ensuring the answer to this question is "no".

If you’ve ever wondered ‘is wearing a corset bad for you?’  then this guide is for you. Find out all about corsets, and how to ensure you don’t experience any pain or discomfort when wearing yours...


For years corsets have been somewhat of a taboo subject, with many asking ‘is wearing a corset bad for you?’.

While there have been some dangers linked to corsets and waist trainers, as a whole, corsets don’t cause any harm when worn properly. In the same way as an ill fitting pair of shoes will cause pain, an ill fitting, unseasoned corset will also do the same.


Read on to find out more about wearing corsets and your health, including historical concerns and modern-day styles.

So, is wearing a corset bad for you?

This is a fairly simple question to answer - if you wear a high quality corset that has been designed and made properly, and if you wear it as it was intended to be worn, then your corset should not be bad for you and should not cause you any harm. 


From the 1800s onwards, boned corsets and bodices formed an essential part of a ladies wardrobe. Worn daily, corsets were laced very tightly to achieve a certain shape, which changed throughout the decades, but was mostly focused on the hourglass shape.


With these historic corsets come the stories of how they impacted the wearer. Women were known to faint due to their corsets being laced too tight, due to the compression on their lungs, causing them to have difficulty breathing.

IIn 1905 a French Doctor - Dr Ludovic O'Followell published a book on the effects of corsets on female health. Dr O’Followell did not want the corset to be abolished, but he was keen to show the damaging effects of corsets which were severe in their design. He simply wanted to encourage corsetieres to design less severe styles and designs. Dr O’Followell in fact continued to write a regular column for the deluxe corsetier's magazine Les Dessous Elégance.


Of course medicine and methods have come a long way over the last 100+ years, but at the time it was reported corsets changed the shape of the ribs and caused damage. This finding was made using a brand new technology known as the x-ray! Not only that, Dr O'Followell also stated that corsets affected a woman’s behaviour too.


Today we know that if corsets are worn correctly, they do not cause damage to the spine, ribs or otherwise. And of course they do not change a woman’s behaviour, at least not in a negative way.


Corsets are not purely for aesthetics, they can also offer a real confidence boost, causing the wearer to have that ‘invincible’ feeling, which can be a real asset especially when attending high pressure events and occasions.

Modern Corsets

Today’s corsets are designed to be worn safely. with the aim being not to completely change the shape of the body, rather enhance it. When shopping for a corset, look for one of high quality to be sure that it will not cause you any kind of discomfort. Choose a corset with steel bones, and check the waist reduction that it can achieve in advance to avoid disappointment.

The importance of 'seasoning' your corset

It’s also important to season your corset to make sure it fits your shape perfectly.


Seasoning is the art of ‘wearing in’ your corset and will allow you to achieve a great waist reduction without any kind of discomfort, just like you would a new pair of shoes! 

Read our guide on how to season your corset here:  How to season your corset


The importance of finding the correct fit

Finally, to get the best results and ensure your corset doesn’t cause any level of pain or discomfort, it’s essential to get your size right.

Firstly, watch our Corset Story video on how to measure yourself accurately. I know this may sound easy, but many people take their waist measurement from different area's of their middle! 


Now simply click on our handy size guide to determine what size corset is right for you. 

Once you have determined your size, shop our beautiful range of corsets. 

Why doesn't Corset Story offer Phone Support?

Due to the International nature of our brand we have found that we can offer a much better service via email. Most inquiries require us to do a little digging to ensure we get the right information back to you first time; this may involve speaking to other departments, calling couriers or checking garments in the warehouse.

It can be quite frustrating for customers to wait on hold while we do these things. It is much more effective to send your concern to us via email and we will get back to you the second we have done everything required our end.

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Yes, your store account details are kept secure. An auto-generated password for your account is sent to your registered email address. This is known only by you. For security reasons Corset Story Ltd do not store payment details, only address and order details.

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Do you guarantee delivery times?

We work very hard to ensure that all orders are shipped out as quickly as possible and have worked with nearly all of the main Global couriers at one stage or another. We select the couriers we work with mainly on their success rate of delivery orders within the stated timelines. Global Logistics is a complicated business and occasionally there are unforeseen delays. These instances are rare and we work closely with the couriers to resolve these issue but unfortunately we can not guarantee delivery times

The address on my order is incorrect

Please email customer services as soon as possible. As time is of the essence please include your full and correct delivery address so that we can resolve the problem for you first time

Will I be liable for any customs charges

All orders are shipped from the UK.

There is no import dutyfor orders being shipped to UK or EU addresses.

Here is the Import Duty information for some of our common international destinations:

  • US orders under $800 are duty free
  • NZ orders under $400 are duty free
  • CA orders have will have GST added to the total on the checkout. We cover the cost of documentation, handling and duty so there is nothing more to pay when your order arrives.
  • AU orders are duty free

If you are not ordering from one of the countries mentioned there maybe duty to pay on your order. Corset Story have customers in nearly every country in the world. Unfortunately we can not know the exact amount of import tax your order may attract if your shipping address is outside the UK, US, CA, the EU, AU or NZ.

What is your returns policy?

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase we can arrange a refund or exchange completely FREE OF CHARGE.

To qualify simply notify us within 14 days of receipt of goods by setting up an "Online Return" through your Corset Story account by clicking on the "Returns" option at the bottom of any page on our website.

Please ensure that goods are returned with tags and in the same condition they were received. Provided you have set up your "Online Return" you then have 3 months to return garments to us.

I wish to return an item but I am outside of the Returns Window

Please contact customer Services, we can speak with a manager and see if we can arrange a store credit or exchange for you……no promises though

How long will it take for my payment to be returned to me?

We will process refunds as soon as we have received orders back in our warehouse or a valid tracking number or "Proof of Postage" receipt from you. The easiest way to do this is to upload this info to your Corset Story account in your "Online Returns" manager. Please allow 3-5 working days once we have processed your refund for your bank to clear the refund into your account

Can you reserve the item I wish to exchange to?

I am afraid we can not reserve designs you wish to exchange to, however if you can return your item using a Tracked or Recorded delivery service or even provided us with a "Proof of Postage" receipt which you can send to us we can dispatch your requested exchange immediately

I have received an incorrect or faulty item

Apologies, please contact Customer Services . Please do not set up an "Online Return" in this situation, we need to know about the problem and can resolve the issue much faster if you email directly

I would like to exchange my items for more expensive items

This is fine, set up your "Online Return" as normal through your Corset Story account. When we process the return we will add the value of your returns to your Corset Story account in the form of Store Credit. Once complete we will notify you by email and you will be able to place a new order online for your desired item, our fully secure checkout will only charge you the difference between your return and the new items you are purchasing.

Which payment methods do you accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, JCB, Discover, Amex and a host of local payment methods specific to your country including Amazon Pay, GiroPay and Bank Transfer. A full list of payment methods can be seen on the checkout of our website.

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If your card has been declined, please check that all details you have entered are correct. The billing address must be the address where your card is registered.

If you are placing your order from outside the UK your bank may be holding the payment for security reasons. Please contact your bank to confirm the order.

If your card still fails please try an alternative payment method, or contact Corset Story Customer Services

My order did not go through but I think you have charged me?

If a payment has been deducted from your account and you have not received a confirmation email of your order, please first check your “Spam” folder of your email account. If you do not have a confirmation, please contact customer services with the transaction ID of your payment and we will investigate further for you.

I have received an additional charge on my card after placing my order, what is this charge?

If you are purchasing from outside the UK your bank may charge additional fees for international payment. This charge is at the discretion of the bank and is out of our control. These charges are most commonly incurred when using a credit card.

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