FAQ ABOUT CORSET
1.HOW DO CHOOSE A CORSET?
2.HOW DO I SELECT THE RIGHT SIZE?
3.CAN A CORSET HELP ME LOOK SLIMMER?
4.CAN A CORSET HELP ME LOSE WEIGHT?
5.CAN A CORSET IMPROVE MY POSTURE OR RELIEVE LOWER BACK PAIN?
6.ARE CORSETS COMFORTABLE?
7.HOW DO YOU PUT ON A CORSET?
8. HOW DO YOU CARE FOR A CORSET?
HOW DO I CHOOSE A CORSET?
OVERBUST OR UNDERBUST?
Overbusts and underbusts serve the same function in terms of waist enhancement and back support. The most obvious difference is the overbust corset covers the bust and offers more coverage. Overbusts are fantastic for outerwear, underwear, formal wear and lingerie. Underbust corsets offer the same benefits but tend to be more versatile and practical for purposes of waist training, frequent wear or daily wear. Overbusts can serve the same purpose, but can be more restrictive for the new corset wearer.
Once you have decided on either an overbust or underbust, the next decision would be selecting the proper length corset. This should not be based on your height. This should be based on your torso length.
It's important to pay close attention to the corset front lengths stated in the product descriptions (shown to the right of corset image). Compare these lengths against your own torso to ensure the corset will not be too short (allowing soft tissue to squeeze out the bottom) or too long (preventing the wearer from sitting comfortably). You can take a vertical measurement of your torso while sitting completely upright in a chair - starting at the center underbust at bra strap (for an underbust style), or center bust at nipple line (for an overbust style). Next, pull measuring tape downward to the length stated in the product description. This will give one a general idea if the particular style will be too long or short.
HOW DO I SELECT THE RIGHT SIZE?
MISSES, MEN & TRANSGENDER
Corsets are sold in Waist sizes, in 2 inch increments from 18 inches - 40 inches depending on the style. Larger plus sizes are available from styles beginning with product code "VO". Authentic Corsets are designed to be ordered 4 inches under your natural waist measurement. For example, if the measurement around the narrowest part of your relaxed waist is 30", you would typically order your corset in size 26". If one trains down to the point that the corset no longer fits snug, a new corset should be ordered with a reduction of 2 inches from the current laced waist.
PLUS SIZE, MEN & TRANSGENDER
For those customers with waists of 34 inches or more, it is recommended to order 6 inches under the natural waist measurement. Therefore, a plus size women who has a natural relaxed waist size of 40 inches would typically need a corset in size 34". If a plus size corsetee trains down to the point that the corset no longer fits snug, a new corset should be ordered with a reduction of 4 inches from the current laced waist.
CAN A CORSET HELP ME LOOK SLIMMER?
Yes, corsets are designed to draw in the waist and flatten the tummy. If you'd like to wear a corset, to appear slimmer under your clothes, we recommend purchasing a simple, smooth style with no bulky exterior lace trims. First time wearers are usually surprised and delighted when they first see themselves in their new corset. Corsets slim and enhance any woman's body, whether she is generously curvy or straight up and down. Corsets not only give a slimmer appearance and smaller waist, but also enhance breasts and hips provocatively, giving a feeling of intense femininity and sensuality.
CAN A CORSET HELP ME LOSE WEIGHT?
Combined with a healthy diet and exercise, regular and frequent wearing of your corset, may contribute to permanent waist reduction and weight loss. With the stomach restricted, one simply cannot take in as much food as usual. The restriction can slow eating down, thereby allowing one to feel full before overeating. The corset can therefore be an effective adjunct to a weight control program. However, a corset alone is not a proper weight loss program. We highly recommend this be done with proper nutrition and exercise under the supervision of your physician.
CAN A CORSET IMPROVE MY POSTURE OR RELIEVE LOWER BACK PAIN?
A corset should allow one to feel a pleasant hugging sensation and benefit from excellent posture. Many people find the sensation of being gently held straight with the back supported almost relaxing. Corsets have the capacity to modify your figure, your carriage and your movement. Your posture will be upright and confident, your figure smoothed out, and your more restricted movement will appear more elegant. Additionally, a properly fitting hourglass corset can reduce the amount of pressure put on the lower back, thereby alleviating discomfort. Although, we recommend consulting with your physician first regarding any back pain and the use of support garments before investing in a corset.
ARE CORSETS COMFORTABLE?
A well-made corset fits comfortably at the ribs and hips and gently compresses only your waist, allowing for easy breathing. While maintaining their exquisite quality and durability, today's authentic styles manage to be very comfortable. To ensure total comfort, do not lace too tightly during the first several wearings. Allow your beautiful new garment the time to mold naturally so it hugs the curves of your body. You will find the sensation of being gently held straight with the back supported almost relaxing. A properly fitting corset will not be painful to wear.
Comfort Tip: Always lace down just less than you feel you can tolerate or prefer, so that you will continue to look forward to wearing your corset. Take special care of the skin under the corset. You may want to powder the skin all around your torso before you put on your corset. If you plan to wear your corset frequently, you may want to consider wearing a camisole, bodystocking, chemise, or leotard to help prevent chafing when the corset is laced. You may also use a tube top pulled down around the waist, so that nothing shows over or under the corset.
HOW DO YOU PUT ON A CORSET?
It's easier to put on your corset if there is someone there to assist you. However, you can successfully put it on by yourself using the following instructions.
First loosen the lacing at the back until there is a gap of about 4-6 inches. Put the corset around you (preferably not next to bare skin but over a camisole, slip, or chemise).
Once the corset is in place, fasten the front busk; do the top clasp first and the rest should follow.
Reaching around back, pull the loops gently then tighten the lacing progressively towards the middle from both top and bottom until you are happy with the fit. There should be a pleasant 'hugging' sensation, but you should still be comfortable.
To finish, tie the ends in a bow at back or front.
Note: It is very important that one not try to lace the corset closed, or even very tightly on the first several wearings, as corsets need "breaking in time". After a short period of wearing a corset comfortably, it molds itself to your body shape and the material takes the strain of waist reduction evenly. Placing too much pressure on the corset at the outset may damage the fabric and stitching. In addition, it may cause you discomfort and a negative feeling toward your beautiful new garment.
HOW DO YOU CARE FOR A CORSET?
Wearing your corset
If you plan to wear your corset frequently, you may want to consider wearing your corset over a slip, chemise, or hidden tube top to protect it from excessive perspiration or body oils. When you first put on your corset, Do Not over tighten or you could potentially damage the eyelets and fabric. Corsets need a break in period to mould to the natural curves of you body. After a short period of time, the material will conform, allowing you to go tighter.
Cleaning your Corset
When in doubt, DRY CLEAN ONLY. Depending on the fabric of your corset, you may be able to gently spot clean with a very mild cloth or brush. However, be careful of "water marking" the fabric with water or dry cleaning solutions. If it is made of brocade, silk, satin, or leather, or the garment label prohibits washing, the corset must be professionally dry cleaned. Never wash a corset in a machine or expose it to sunlight to dry, as it may fade. If the material can sustain spot cleaning, towel dry any dampness on the corset and hang over a chair to complete the drying process. Never hang a corset over a metal hanger due to the risk of rust stains.