Wraps Don’t Cause Fat Loss or Detox Your Body

This Fast Foundation Friday topic is thanks to a fan request – thanks to “KT” for suggesting a video on plastic wrap under corsets. (If any readers have requests for future FF videos, leave a comment below.)

Wearing plastic wrap under your corset is not the best of ideas. Wearing plastic wrap at all isn’t a good idea, actually. Back in 2011 I made a couple of videos explaining potential skin issues that can arise from wearing corsets improperly or in an unhygienic way – some of these issues can include bacterial and fungal skin infections, broken skin, etc. There are ways to prevent these issues, like wearing a washable, breathable and moisture-wicking corset liner between yourself and the corset, trying mesh corsets for better air flow to your skin, etc. But in this post I’ll address the two main reasons why people claim to wear plastic wrap, other types of wraps, or unbreathable garments next to their skin: for weight loss, and for detoxification purposes.

Wraps heat up the body through “thermogenesis”, and helps “burn more fat” around the waist and lead to spot reduction. “Sweating out the fat” is unfortunately bad science. When I was a kid I remember an adult saying “if you’re not sweating while you’re exercising, you’re not working out hard enough, you’re not burning enough calories”. Why this is incorrect (the scientific explanation) If you’re exercising, you’re taking organic molecules of fat and sugar and combining it with oxygen you breathe to transfer the energy in those bonds to ATP, and then converting ATP to ADP and free phosphorus and energy to move your actin and myosin, which makes your muscles move. This is an exothermic reaction (moving from higher energy bonds to lower energy bonds) and also a fairly inefficient reaction, so part of the energy is lost as thermal energy (aka heat).

This causes your body to heat up during exertion and then your body produces sweat, which absorbs your body heat and then evaporates in an effort to cool you down. Sidenote: If your body heats up too much without a cooling system like sweating, then by the time your body reaches ~42°C (107°F), many of the proteins in your body’s cells actually lose their shape (denature) and stop working, and this can be fatal. This is why they say if you ever have a fever of over 106°F you should immediately go to the hospital. (The layperson’s explanation) That is to say, the heat is a byproduct of exercise, but heat in and of itself does not mean that you’re burning more calories. You may might burn a tiny amount of energy just through the mechanism of vasodilation and sweating, however shivering from the cold activates your muscles and also burns calories. A sizable number of the calories you consume in a day is allotted to maintaining your body heat at 37°C (98.6°F) instead of having it cool to room temperature. What are you doing if you’re helping your body increase its core temperature more efficiently? Put another way: an engine gets hot because it’s working. Simply heating up an inactive engine will not necessarily make it work.

Wraps increase the amount you sweat and “help you to detox” your body more effectively. There are people who say that you can sweat out heavy metals and other toxins. This is to a small extent true, but your skin is only responsible for about 1% of the total detoxification of your body (according to toxicologist David Cruz). Your liver, kidneys, lungs, and even your gut helps with most of the detoxification of your body. The body’s natural detoxification processes (the abridged scientific explanation) Let’s say you eat something toxic. Your microbiome, partially comprised of your beneficial gut bacteria, can help to deactivate some toxins and prevent them from being absorbed into your gut in the first place, so it passes through your body instead of absorbing it into your blood stream.

If it does get absorbed from your intestines, your liver should filter out the majority of toxins. Anything you absorb from your guts goes through the portal vein to the liver to be cleaned and processed before it gets into the rest of the body. Your liver has well over 500 functions in the body, so it gets “first dibs” in many of the nutrients, and it also cleans and filters the blood before it’s sent out to the rest of your body. And if the toxins still get through to the rest of the body, then the liver or kidneys are constantly filtering them to catch them again and dump them into the poop or urine. Some water soluble toxins can also be expelled through the lungs. By the time toxins are circulating through your body long enough to get pushed out of the blood stream into the interstitial fluid, percolate into your dermis and be sweated out, this might mean that the other detoxification systems in your body didn’t catch them in time, meaning they are not as effective as they should be, or may be overwhelmed.

(The layperson’s explanation) Of course, sweating is good (even if it is a relatively inefficient form of detoxification). But your skin would not be a form of detoxification, however small, if it weren’t necessary. However, trapping the sweat in next to your skin for hours may be defeating the purpose. In a normal situation, you sweat, then it beads up and rolls off your body, or gets wicked into your absorbable fabric, or it evaporates with the wind.

But putting plastic wrap or unbreathable fabrics over your skin traps the sweat in, and that clamminess you feel when you take it off means that whatever you sweated out before, just turned around and got absorbed by your skin again. Think of transdermal patches (like the birth control patch), cortisone creams, and other topical medications which get absorbed into your skin and circulate throughout the body. Whatever you detox out through your sweat, if it stays next to your skin for hours every day, can also have the opportunity to be absorbed right back into your system. (Same as toxins that get dumped by your liver into the intestines – if you have a lazy bowel, these toxins can be reabsorbed again, but I’ll address this another day). So unfortunately, forcing your body to sweat but not getting rid of the sweat doesn’t work to detoxify the body the way that many people hope it does.

“But why do I lose weight and why do I look more muscular when I wear wraps?” Let’s say that you do sweat profusely and this sweat was wicked away. You’ve lost both water and electrolytes, and you’ve effectively dehydrated yourself. This temporarily relieves edema in your skin, and this is a well-known trick amongst body builders and fitness models to bring out the definition of the muscles and vascularity. But drink some water, rehydrate your body, and take in a balanced amount of electrolytes, and you will see plumpness return to your skin and that water weight come back. If you are personally an advocate for sweating for detoxification, I would say that a more effective way of sweating is taking a warm bath and letting your sweat be washed away by clean water. But plastic wrap is never required for waist training, weight loss, or detoxification – and for certain people, this may be doing more harm than good.

Pick A Comfortable Everyday Corset

Pick A Comfortable Everyday Corset


When choosing their first corset, a lot of people are more concerned with how small the waist is than the fit. Or the color than whether the fabric breathes and so on. We’re all at least a little guilty of it, corsets are glamorous, that’s a big part of their appeal. But when you’re looking for a foundation garment that you’ll be wearing tight to your body for at least 8 hours a day, you need to be practically minded.
You want an everyday corset that fits comfortably and matches your hip and rib cage measurements when completely closed, as well as your corseted waist size. Make sure your corset works with your body, not against it. Pay attention to the length of your torso and go with a long line corset if you need one. Short waist cinchers will give you more ease of movement but they’ll also provide less support to your lower stomach and put more pressure on your waist.

Start Slow & Build Up To Wearing A Corset All Day


Make sure you’re using corset liners or corset tops of some sort under your corset. A corset liner is just a tight, stretchy tube of cotton so a vest top will do just fine. This will help keep your skin from getting rubbed by seams and steel bones. Then make sure you break in your corset properly allowing several days of short bouts in your corset before you progress to longer periods of corset wearing. Always stop if you’re not feeling it or your body starts to feel sore, you’ll progress faster in the long run than if you push yourself too much and have to take a break.

Set Realistic Goals For Your Corset Work


Corset Training and waist reduction involves long term, gradual progress. Results are achieved by wearing a corset every day over months and years. Don’t expect to get a miraculously tiny waist after a few weeks and don’t expect to set your own corset training waist size goals by plucking numbers out of thin air and buying a corset in the desired size. Being unrealistic is the first step to ensuring you fail and chuck it in. Your corset work will go as fast as your body naturally allows. For your first corset, stick to the standard 4 inches smaller than your natural waist. When you can easily close the corset completely without undue effort or strain, then move onto the next one.

Sleeping & Corset Wearing


You’ll no doubt have heard about long term tight lacers and all night corset wearing. As always with corset training, this is a gradual progression from wearing your corset all day. Once you get to the stage mentioned above – where you can close your corset and are ready to buy a corset in a smaller size – then the general practice is to use your old corset as your night corset. Wearing a corset at night takes some getting used to. Never feel like you can’t take it off if you’re not comfortable.
The best rule of thumb I ever came across for practical corset wearing was – ‘When in doubt, take it off’

Stock Up On Classic Lingerie with Secrets in Lace!

Following trends in lingerie is exciting, as well as being able to look back at older trends and see how they have (or haven’t) stuck around. But there are some garments and some styles that just stay absolutely classic. While we love all of our vintage garments for maintaining that classic vibe, today we’re showcasing 3 of the most notable lingerie garments that have stuck around for decades (or centuries!) and how Secrets in Lace has carried on that style to the beautiful garments we sell to you.

First up, the bullet bra. This is almost a no-brainer as it was an iconic look for many women in the 30’s and on, as it created a cone-like and prominent shape for the chest. It allowed women the ability to show off curves and feel more feminine without necessarily showing more skin. Below is a sketch of a model wearing one of the first types of bullet bras, and next is the Secrets in Lace version: just as glamorous and guaranteed to give that same iconic shape!

Next, stockings (of course) with garter belts. While we may have found new ways to get the look of stockings without having to wear a garter belt with items like tights and stay-up thigh highs, there’s something wonderfully authentic about the garter straps and putting on your stockings. The attention to detail shows that thought and care went into putting your outfit together, and Bettie Page definitely nailed that look. Try our favorite Signature RHT stockings with any of our glamorous garter belts for a strikingly sexy look.

And lastly, the corset. Most of us know the corset to be one of the longest standing garments in the lingerie department, and it has lived through multiple eras. Originally standing to dramatize the look of a woman’s waist to an extreme amount, today they are used as shapewear and a glamorous way to show off your vintage flare. Whether you’re wearing it as lingerie, outerwear, or shapewear, the corset is definitely an investment worth making–after all, it’s stayed in style for hundreds of years!

Sexy Slips for Valentine’s Day with Secrets in Lace

It’s not too late to start your shopping for Valentine’s Day–on today’s blog we’re going to share some great pieces for you to show off to your significant other on this romantic holiday. We have tons of options for all of your style preferences, so whether you’re a true romantic, show-stopper, girly-girl, or just vintage obsessed, there is definitely a glam look for everyone out there this Valentine’s Day!   If you’re looking for something classic and romantic, check out our wonderful selection of slips.

he Dominique Full Slip is a piece that work for you for years to come, this is a look that will never be out of style! We offer the Dominique Full Slip in a variety of colors and in sizes Small to 2X. But we have to say, for Valentine’s Day we can’t think of anything more lovely than this look in red charmeuse with black lace detailing.

Be a total show stopper in our Cabaret Plunge Bra which pairs great with our Elizabeth Open Bottom Girdle. This look will guarantee that all eyes will be on you, as a plunge and push-up bra your bust will be looking its best. And this bra features convertible cups to be either more or less revealing…but for Valentine’s Day we’re sure nobody would be against either option. Don’t forget to grab your favorite pair of stockings to complete the look, the red glimmer in the Shiny Seamed Stocking would match perfectly!

If you’re looking for something more feminine and girly, look no farther than the Delicate Babydoll. This frilly piece will have you wanting to twirl around all night. And with a trim that’s made from 3 inch ruffle, how could you not? This babydoll is actually a 2-piece set and comes complete with the coordinating ruffled panty. For a fun-filled night to match your ultra femme personality, this is the perfect piece.

And finally, for us vintage-style lovers, the corset is a must have. We have a couple different options for over bust or under bust. However this Valentine’s Day nothing shows your love for this style than the Athena Overbust Corset. Traditional steel boning creates the perfect hourglass shape, and black damask printing topped off with red ruffles makes this a corset fit for royalty. On this very special and romantic night, you’ll be sure to impress in this look.

So which look is your favorite? Switch it up this Valentine’s Day by surprising your special someone with something brand new that you can’t wait to show off!

White Winter Corsets

November is truly a magical month. The weather starts getting colder which means it is cold enough to wear our favorite foundation pieces! This week we are going to share with you shapewear that is perfect to combine with your existing collection and some of our favorite pieces that are just wonderful to have all year round.

Our Sophisticated Strapless Longline is the bra that can be paired with any number of garter belts, waist cinchers, corsets, and more! This piece is sexy and elegant all in one. The light boning will help you achieve a beautiful vintage silhouette and the smooth satin will feel amazing on your skin. This piece comes in both black and white making it simple and easy to pair with any garter belts and stockings you may have in your collection. But because winter is such a great time to wear white, why not slip into something a little more snowy?

Almost any piece of shapewear will go with SIL’s longline bra, but we think that the Sophisticated Garter Belt looks best. This modern twist on a classic piece of vintage lingerie maybe just the thing you were looking for. This can be worn on top of any of your favorite sets and help you achieve a more dramatic look! This simple garter belt looks amazing with any bra, but it was especially designed to match the Sophisticated Strapless bra.

As the temperature drops the risk of snow grows, so why not embrace the blanket of white gorgeousness and wear some amazing white lingerie as well! We have looked at the Sophisticated line, so now we’ll focus on another perfect white set to help you build your vintage foundation collection!

We love the classic garter belt, but we also adore a simple waist cincher as well. The Waist Cincher made by Rago is sturdy and reliable. With the craziness of the upcoming season we understand just needing something that is going to be sturdy and reliable, even if it is just your shapewear. Layer this over your longline bra and feel amazing in all of your sweater dresses and vintage clothes. This will give you the shape that you have been after without the hard boning of a corset. This is another piece that shows off how classy white looks made into lingerie.

If you don’t care for garter belts or waist cinchers we have you covered! Sometimes a panty girdle is all you need. It is easy to slip into, easy to wear underneath all your clothes and is wonderful under pants. The Classic Zip Panty Girdle is made for the high waisted lover in everyone. Wear this during your Thanksgiving dinner and you won’t have to worry about your stomach bulging. Feel confident in the body you should always be thankful for.

Sometimes you just want to wear a piece that you can absolutely trust to give you a tinier waist, a classic silhouette, and that will last you for years. That piece is called the corset! The Classic Underbust Corset is going to give you that beautiful shape no matter what you wear. This piece looks amazing over your clothes and lingerie. If you are ever worried that you won’t look sexy under your bulky clothes when you lace yourself into this beauty.

Some trends just need to come back, like the ever so retro white stockings! This simple color truly stands out when you pair it with a bold colored skirt or dress. The Lace Top Thigh High give you the option of wearing a garter belt or not as well. The thick lace will give your legs such sex appeal while giving you a little more warmth during the cold winter days.

Corsets History and Evolution of Burlesque Costumes

Hearing the word BURLESQUE bewildered me about its meaning and its origin. I am sure you are also thinking about it, isn’t it?

Okay, I will help you in clearing up your confusion.

You know what, Burlesque is a French word meaning exaggerating something in a comical or an absurd way. It originates from Italian word BURLA means mockery.

Understood something or not!!

Burlesque costumes

During Victorian era, burlesque costumes were restricted to steel boned corsets that magnify the women figures which left the men lascivious. They wore a fascinator accessory called miniature tied to their heads with a veil to cover the eyes. Females attire high heels with nude stockings and beautiful jewelry. In this way, burlesque stage influences the romantic and Victorian time.

 American burlesque costumes

Change is the very core of evolution, and without it, all creatures would look alike and behave the same way.

In 1869, when British blondes arrived in America, it modified burlesque costumes. A tight form fitting dress enwrapping to the top of their knees. Burlesque costumes fashion with under bust corsets worn over soft blouses and crinkled drawers.

Ladies tried to make their own sensual dress with the crowd choice. They wanted to look like as spicy as they could.

Scandalous. Isn’t it?

In 1870, Michael Leavitt founded the Rentz-Santley Novelty and Burlesque Company and it came to be recognized as the biggest and greatest Burlesque organization in the world.

After some time, these naked performers acknowledged as classical works of art.

Then, in 1893, Oscar Wilde came into the scene.

Arey, the same Oscar Wilde, who became one of London’s most popular playwrights.

He brought legendary dance based on the corsets wholesale to the European masses.

Burlesque costume with its wildly and delicate apparel. Burlesque fashion became the classical art form in the 20th century.  Sometimes, it is explained as the exotic elegance of old burlesque styles. People quirked it as the ancestor of large feather fans.

 

Semi clothed burlesque dancers left men lustful by teasing them behind wispy feathers but not revealing actual temptations.

But, slowly it curtailed down.

As in the 1940s and 1950s, women were conservatively dressed. All burlesque dancers took it as compliant and change their way of dressing. They adopted the style of conservatism.

But, the few famous dancers continued their performance which was called as reverse strips. Those dancers wore g- strings or panties. These g- strings made up of chiffon with less embellishing panties but with more flesh tone.

Today it is called as the bikini. The Illusion of full nudity.

Pin up girls continues drooling the men by enduring the same fashion burlesque corsets with a tight-laced apparel to show their seducing waistline. After a long period of time, the lower rib has changed into the tight line of corset waist making a lascivious smaller waist.

Stockings and hosiery became more arduous. Calves were unabashedly exhibited with high heels.

On silver screen many beautiful, sexy, pinned up models like Hazel Court, Sophia Loren, Bettie Page celebrated their sultry lines with fashion burlesque corsets.

As burlesque costumes evolved over the time from the Victorian era to silver screens. But remained the popular art form and constantly celebrated the female form. You can see fashion burlesque costumes in many different styles and flavors.