|HOW TO LAYER YOUR CLOTHES WHEN WEARING A CORSET
This article was suggested by our customer Laura who is 16 months into using steel-boned corsets and she says in the first few weeks she made many mistakes when getting dressed, trying to do it by lacing her corset first. Lovely Laura made some suggestions herself and we took suggestions from the corset-wearers in the office to come up with tips that will hopefully save you some time and frustration when getting into your corset.Corsets are beautiful things and it is a natural impulse when your first one arrives that you are so taken by the look, smell and feel of it that you just want to get the thing on as quickly as possible. Corsets are probably the best feminizing body-shaper that give you instant visual gratification with their immediate waist-narrowing effect even before you begin waist training. They narrow the waist, flatten the tummy, create the illusion of hips and also give you the best posture you have probably ever had. Throw in the fact they can help with weight loss by reducing your stomach size and appetite and I don’t know why everyone doesn’t wear them.
WARNING – corsets restrict your movement. On first wearing you will find you cannot move with the freedom to which you are accustomed. No more bending at the waist or even twisting to the side all of which takes getting used to but will actually encourage you to move more gracefully. Relatively simple tasks will take a little getting used to; for example putting on hosiery, sitting down and standing and driving require that you make adjustments to do these tasks efficiently. Just breathing means having to make small changes to compensate for the fact you will now have a reduced lung capacity necessitating shallower and gentler breathing. No more running for that bus then !
The first time you try your corset should merely be for checking the sizing is correct. However, when dressing for pleasure and/or going out you need to take note of the following considerations to reduce frustration and time when getting dressed.
The following tips assume you are dressing and lacing the corset on your own. Whilst these are not hard and fast rules they will certainly help as a guide until you find your own shortcuts:
When discussing with others there was not general agreement on everything to be done pre-corseting. For example, some preferred to apply make-up prior to putting on their steel boned corset as they found it uncomfortable to sit whilst applying a new face. However, some commented they preferred to be cinched up before their makeup application as putting on the corset can take effort and a little perspiration which is not the best thing when you have just had makeup applied.
Given there was no general agreement on certain elements of getting dressed we will merely point them out as Other Considerations. You can try yourself with the following elements and figure what works best for you as part of your order of getting dressed:
1. MAKEUP – As discussed, some prefer to do this before lacing up and some prefer after. If you have broken in your corset sufficiently, so, that it has formed to your body shape and has become more comfortable to wear then you should be able to sit comfortably in your corset whilst applying makeup. If you do, be mindful of spills and take precautions to protect the corset particularly if it is a lighter colored fabric. A makeup cape or simply a towel draped over your front will work perfectly well in keeping your corset looking fabulous.
3. JEWELRY – Most folk we asked felt that jewelry should come after the corset has been laced up. Bracelets etc can have sharp edges, especially crystals/rhinestones and so at the very least do not wear these when lacing up your corset as you can scratch/mark the outer panels quite easily.