How to put on a Corset
Posted on October 06 2017
BREAKING-IN YOUR CORSET
When you first get your corset, you’ll need to break it in and mold it to your own body. This will require you to wear your corset frequently for short periods of time. We recommend wearing the corset for a maximum of 1-2 hours the first wearing. After wearing the corset for the first hour to hour, re-tighten the laces and continue wearing it for the remainder of that first wearing. This allows for the corset fabrics to stretch evenly and for the overall shape to mold to your specific body. This will prolong the life of the corset, make it more comfortable to wear and ensure that the fabrics, grommets and stays will not be damaged. Repeat this process 2-3 times before wearing your corset for an extended period of time.
WEARING YOUR CORSET
Always unlace your corset before putting it on or taking it off. Failure to do so will put too much strain on the busk, fabric and your hands or nails. Untie the bow and pull at each pair of Xs until the corset is completely loose, then you can easily fasten or unfasten the busk. We recommend that you start fastening the busk at the bottom of the corset (or 2nd from the bottom) and work your way up.
Once the busk is fastened, you can begin to tighten the laces on your corset. Start in the middle where the pull loops are. These loops should be at the narrowest point of your waist. After the loops are pulled tight, begin pulling at each outside X beginning at the top and working your way down, and from the bottom towards the center. You will have to repeat this 2-3 times to fully tighten the laces. Lace your corset so that it fits snugly but comfortably. NEVER OVER TIGHTEN the laces as this may cause damage to the corset, to your body, and will be uncomfortable.
We recommend wearing a corset liner or other light clothing underneath your corset each time you wear it to prevent chafing of the skin and to protect the delicate fabrics of the corset from sweat and body oils. This will also help to lower the frequency of washings. Some corset wearers also recommend placing a thin layer of talc powder on your body prior to putting the corset on.
STORING YOUR CORSET
Air out the corset after each wearing by placing it lining side up and centering the garment on the laces over a chair, door or a plastic hanger evenly. The laces should take the majority of the weight off the garment. A small amount of fabric freshener (such as Febreze) may be used periodically to combat body odors. Be sure to spray only a small mist evenly over the inside lining of the corset only and let it air dry before storing it.
Be sure that your corset is completely dry before storing it. We do not recommend air drying outside as the fabrics are sensitive to sunlight and may fade or become discoloured. Once you are sure the corset is dry, fold the corset in half and hang it over a plastic hanger – liner side up – with the laces across the hanger. Distribute the weight of the corset evenly on both sides. If you would like to, you can also place a plastic bag such as a garment bag over the hanger to keep it in pristine condition. You may also hang a fragranced or moisture-absorbing sachet along with it. Never roll or fold your corset and place it in a drawer. This may damage the fabric and cause the boning to warp out of shape.
WASHING YOUR CORSET
Never machine wash your corset. Our authentic corsets are made from premium fabrics and have metal boning. Machine washing will damage the fabrics and cause the boning to rust. We recommend taking your corset to an experienced dry cleaner. Do not use at home dry cleaning kits (such as Dryel) as the heat from the dryer can warp the boning and damage the fabrics. If spot cleaning is necessary, use only the smallest amount of water, very mild detergent and extremely gentle scrubbing. Be sure to completely dry the corset before storing it. As mentioned previously, a fabric refresher such as Febreze may be used to combat odours between dry cleanings.
LACING YOUR CORSET
Most experienced corset wearers will tell you that bi-directional lacing is the proper (and only) way to lace a corset. This style of lacing refers to the back to front and then front to back directions that the laces will travel through the garment. The reason this is the accepted way to lace a corset is simple. With directional lacing (like tennis shoe lacing) the corset cannot be laced completely shut because the laces cross through the center panel and interfere with closing the corset. There are other reasons as well such as the ease of tightening, the look of the X pattern, and (with patience and practice) the wearer is able to lace their own corset. There may be slight variations as to the pattern for the center pull loops, but the following is a basic concept.