The corset is a fashion statement, a feminist statement, a statement of sensuality, and all of the above. Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin at last year’s Paris Fashion Week showed off the versatility of corsets.
Whether you’re looking at a simple corset top, corset dress, or a cincher, there are some things you need to know before taking the plunge.
Because corset fashion is still fairly new outside of the bedroom, we’ve put together a list of tips that can help you get the most out of your purchase.
These strategies will have you rocking your new look with confidence and style!
1. Picking Corset Materials
There are some great choices for corset fabrics and builds. Traditionally, corsets boast metal skeleton frames to provide support and comfort.
Because of this, corsets were typically seen in only a vintage Victorian-era light. These days, the selection of corset materials ranges from the silky satin found in hybrid lingerie to lightweight meshes that can be worn with various outfits.
Casual corset options are also very popular. As mentioned previously, a lot of celebs prefer the cotton or polyester clothes pairings. These don’t work so well as underwear but are perfect for street styles.
Leather is another nice option for casual looks. However, don’t expect it to double as a waist trainer since the fabric stretches over time.
2. Lacing It Up
How your corset fits you is just as important as the materials and style.
The corset dress trend has really opened the door for interpretations, but some are really ill-advised. Bad lacing can lead to discomfort and funny looks.
Lacing takes practice, but generally, you’ll want to always lace bottom-up, tying the laces at the tightest point of the waist. This method can vary based on material, use of cincher, and what you’re wearing underneath.
3. Corsets vs. Cinchers
When talking about these garments, there are two distinct categories: corsets and waist trainers aka cinchers.
Cinchers compress the waist when used regularly. They’re typically worn under the clothes rather than over.
These models are often made of latex, which can flex a bit while also increasing core temperature. The results of this slimming method can vary as everyone’s body is different, so proceed with caution.
4. Being Effortless
The key to rocking a corset in public really depends on confidence and personal style. This could mean:
- a simple silk slip dress with a satin corset,
- an oversized white t-shirt to compliment a cotton corset
- blue jeans and a tank top with a burgundy leather corset
All these choice can work, provided you follow our tips on choosing and wearing your corset. The corset can be your friend or your foe. Just don’t clash with patterns, colors, or textures.
Oh, and one last thing: accessorize, accessorize, accessorize! Never leave your corset sticking out like a last-minute addition. Always compliment it with a nice bag, earrings, bangles, and so forth to complete the look.
5. Choosing a Corset Dress Shape
We’ve seen corset dress shapes that are loose, tight, and some that completely blend in with the clothes underneath. There isn’t a rule anywhere that corsets must turn your waist into a Coke bottle’s curves.
We recommend going with a corset that highlights your best qualities. Bustiers for the busty, loose-fitting corsets for those with big hips/butt, and lightweight corsets for petites.
If you enjoyed our top five tips for wearing a corset, you’ll love the selection of corset dresses in our shop.
There’s a corset waiting with your name on it. You just have to own it and work it!