Self inflicted restrictions, holding yourself back in some way. Or even presenting yourself as you think others want to see you, perhaps by using an external alteration instead of an internal change. The restriction may be connected with your sensual or sexual feelings. See: armour.
Corsets and girdles in a male dream is often linked with a particular type of sexuality, as described in this following piece.
Example: Image after image of women flashed through consciousness. Pictures of women in black brassieres and black corset straps. Women with fags in their mouth with unfeeling hard faces. Women having a period. It was the cultural images I had been handed of women.
Useful Questions and Hints:
What restrictions am I putting on myself?
Am I trying to fit into someone else’s idea of what I should look like?
Are sexual feeling appearing in this dream at all – if so what do they suggest?