Yeah, I don't think I want to tightlace, I just want to wear it as a big belt thing and not have it crumple.
And your answer does make sense, thank you!
Maybe I'll experiment and try it both ways, to see what ends up looking better. The straight cut one with plastic boning will be the practice piece. Which one I'll end up wearing depends on how much I bike and how much tummy I have left in July.