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Manly Corsets For Men

Updated on October 27, 2009
Corset from French corset maker,Sylvain Nuffer
Corset from French corset maker,Sylvain Nuffer

The first thing that starts to spread on men as they pass their mid twenties and head full tilt into middle age is their girth. For centuries, women strapped their waists in using corsets before realizing that they were doing it all wrong and showing their bare midriffs where ever possible, but modern women and men both face the specter of a spreading gut which threatens to ruin the lines of their stylish garments. What can be done about this? Plenty. That's what can be done.

It's a relatively unknown fact that corsets are still available for men to this day, just as they are for women, and that men often wear corsets to create the impression of a flat stomach without the need to eat asparagus non stop for thirty days or perform endless repetitive exercises in gymnasiums of torturous death.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to exercise, I'm just realistic enough to admit that modern life has made us sluggish and weak and there is no shame in employing technology to fix that particular problem as it has fixed so many others.

Men's corsets and differ from women's corsets in that they are not designed to pinch the waist in, creating a waspish look which borders on the creepy, rather they are designed to shape and contour the male torso flat. Men's corsets and girdles sit lower on the body than their female counterparts, and are often elongated to match the male frame.

A male corset can make all the difference on a special day as it gives the wearer a more classically 'masculine' frame, slimming the stomach and emphasizing the breadth of the shoulders. Modern men's corsets are often designed to be worn as outerwear, as illustrated in the picture.

Of course, men can wear women's corsets as well, though the effects will be markedly different. If you are a larger man, try shopping for a long line corset, as shorter corsets may be far too short for you and instead of getting a lovely feminine silhouette you may simply feel as if you're being cut in half by an angry Victorian magician, which is no fun for anyone.

Whether one opts for a male or female corset, it is undeniable that corsets and corsetry can become addictive. Many men and women enjoy the feeling of being held in securely by the corset and find that the flattering figure which comes along with the wearing of a corset is merely a secondary benefit. If you find yourself in this category, I shall brook no whining after the fact. You were warned.


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      likewhatiam 8 years ago

      Hi Hope these so called manly men are nothing but a bunch of burping farting neanderthals.

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      phil 8 years ago

      I agree with Hope. And this thing about manly is so silly.

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      Hope Alexander 8 years ago

      I think that is probably a so called 'manly man' ;)

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      Ralph Deeds 8 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Do you think this manly man is wearing a corset?

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      Michelle 8 years ago

      I have worn cosets and love the shape they give me. The lacing is hard to do....and the laces are hard to conceal under clothing. I do enjoy the shape that they produce though!

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      Hope Alexander 8 years ago

      I think you have confused the term 'manly man' with 'unkempt slob'.

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      Manly Man 8 years ago

      "Men often wear corsets to create the impression of a flat stomach"

      I question that "men often wear corsets" and would appreciate hearing the basis of that assertion. I've never known a man who wears a corset. I've never seen a corset. And I can die happy without ever seeing one.

      Manly men don't wear corsets! They let their bellies hang out and their pants slip down and display at least a one inch butt crack above their pants. Do you think for a minute that Joe the plumber wears a corset? No way!