Corset Guidance


You’ve decided to be daring and made the decision to purchase your first corset. But what precisely do you want in a corset and how do you know you’re “doing it right?” These and other burning questions are likely why you’re reading this right now. Not to worry, you won’t be disappointed. We at Godinattire will provide information to ensure that you buy the right corset for the right reasons and that you know precisely what you’re lacing yourself into.

More specifically, we’ll talk about waist training corsets. Some might also call these “real” corsets, because they are the most true to the original item of ladies apparel. Unlike fashion corsets, bustiers, and Merry Widows, which are largely for looks, rather than results, waist training lace up corsets, have steel boning, and are made of high quality, often highly durable materials.

Much more rigid than the modern bustier, a corset can feel romantic - or even a little bit like a costume - but this can also be a very useful lingerie style.

The best corsets are made with steel boning, which is strong enough to take inches of your waistline, drastically re-shaping your figure. The well-made corset is the curvier your hourglass shape will look.

Type of Corset Styles:

There are basically two types of corsets - a traditional one and a "fashion corset." A fashion corset is made to be a top, not shapewear. It’s usually designed to resemble the look of a traditional corset, without any of the functionality.

A fashion corset will have weaker boning, if any at all. It may also have faux boning, or just vertical seams - no holding power. And since it’s meant to be worn as a top, a fashion corset is usually made in trendy fabrics, colors and prints.

Corsets are made in a variety of different types of fabric, including silk and satin - but breathable cotton is the most comfortable, and practical.

Corsets are traditionally of Two types:

  • An underbust corset starts just below the bust and can be worn with any type of bra.

  • An overbust corset begins higher -- they’re worn in place of a bra.

Benefits of Wearing a Corset:

A corset’s boning keeps its shape and can hold in bulges while flattening your belly to help define your waist.

If you’re an apple-shaped woman, a corset will give you a waistline and an hourglass figure. If you’re already thin, a corset has the ability to take inches off your waistline and, wearing one is more comfortable than you might think.

And there has even been some buzz about a corset’s ability to help tighten your stomach as you lose weight. They have recently become popular for women to wear after pregnancy, while trying to lose baby weight.

Corset or Bustier - What’s the Difference?:

Q. Corsets and bustier may look similar, so what’s the difference?

Here’s the short answer -- a corset will "cinch," and a bustier will "boost."

It may seem old-fashioned, but many women become addicted to wearing a corset. It’s easy to see why -- you’ll love how small your waist looks.

On the other hand, a bustier is a more modern style. One may describe it as a fancy-bra-meets- shapewear. It’ll make your chest look more "uplifted," while it smoothes and flattens your midriff.

How to Tie a Corset:

Q. What do you do with all those laces in the back?

If you’re wearing your corset under clothing, how can you possibly hide them? If you’re waist-training, how can you make sure you are lacing your corset properly - and tight enough?

Here's everything you need to know about lacing up a corset.

There isn’t any one correct way to lace a corset - but it depends on the style. Some will look best if the laces end in a bow at the top, others like the bottom. But the most serious waist trainers will say you should lace a steel-bones corset so that it ends in the middle - to make sure your corset is the tightest it can be.

Please check the video for more details

Q. How to Wear Your New Corset?

  • Loosen your corset’s lacing to allow ample room to fit around waist and bust.
  • Unfasten or unzip the front of the corset.
  • Wrap the corset around you and fasten the front.
  • Pull the lacing to a tight but comfortable fit (for the best results, have someone assisting with this step)
  • Cut off the excess lacing
  • If you plan to wear stockings. Put them on before your corset.
  • You don’t have to tightly cause it may bring any damage to the corset.
  • To ensure the long life of your corset, follow the care instructions closely.

How to Buy a Corset: Consider Fit, Function?:

Deciding which type of corset to buy can be simple -- once you understand these key aspects: "fit / function" before you buy a corset, check out the differences between a corset and a bustier as explained above.

Decide which type is best for you before buying. Do you want to be able to wear your bra underneath -- or above your corset? Or, would you rather not wear a bra at all?

There are 2 main types of corsets, and each fit differently: underbust  and overbust.

Another tip:

  • There are so many different ways to wear a corset, so choose a style depending on when - and how - you'll be wearing yours.

  • If you would like your corset to be shapewear and fit under clothing, choose a style that has a flat front without much embellishment.

  • If you’ll be wearing your corset as outerwear, then consider a fancy looking.

Everyday Look: Over a Blouse, With Pants

When to Wear a Corset

A corset is typically worn under your clothing, as shapewear - but it can also be worn over a top. Some corsets, especially "fashion corsets" are designed to be worn as a top

Wear a Corset over Your Blouse

Try wearing a corset laced up over a pretty blouse. When you wear a corset over a soft cotton top, it’ll feel comfortable against your skin -- even when it's tightly laced.

Pair It with Pants

Jeans, or any other type of slim-fitting pant, will look great with a corset. It’s an outfit you can wear anywhere, everyday

One tip: When wearing a corset with pants, make sure it’s long enough. Your pant’s waistline a little -- it may look funny if it ends too high. (Unless you're going for a sexier show.). But, typically a corset will extend beyond the waistline, to the hips (which are different from a bustier), so it will pair well with most types of pants -- even low-waist jeans.

All about Benefits of Wearing a Corset

Corsets may help to stabilize the body, prevent injury, and heal past injuries, change body morphology and more –

Benefits of wearing a corset:

  • A Corsets can help in controlling back pain and correct posture, to help those with past injuries (e.g. car accidents, vertebral fractures, slipped discs), to neurological disorders and wear and tear injuries (e.g. degenerative disc disease)

  • By extension, correct posture also helps prevent other skeletal issues. It can help in redistribution of weight on feet. Women wearing corsets have experienced considerable pressure taken off from their knees as corsets have changed the way they sit and stand.

  • Corsets have also been known to reduce the intensity of headaches or migraines, and over time, some wearers have noticed that the corset has stop their headaches completely as proper posture can take tension off the neck and shoulders. Also, a properly-fitting corset can act as an orthopedic traction unit to prevent the spinal cord from being pinched or stretched ( thereby preventing or helping to improve nerve problems ).

  • Corsets are used as lumbar support to prevent potential back injuries and give support during work — e.g. during heavy lifting, repeated tasks or long hours on one’s feet, or in front of a computer. This has been known to benefit those working trade careers like those in retail who lift stock or stand for many hours, and those in the medical and nursing fields when having to lift patients, etc.

  • Those who have connective tissue disorders, sometimes experience injury due to weakness and hyperextension in their joints, and they may also experience chronic pain. Wearing a corset has helped some of these people by bracing the torso and preventing spontaneous movements that could lead to sprains, dislocations or other injuries.

  • Corsets are used to reshape and feminize the figures, often making the ribcage narrower and raising the apparent height of the waistline, helping them obtain the figure they may consider more desirable or more easily identify with. Corsets give some women an hourglass shape that they may never be able to achieve naturally (through diet and exercise).

  • Corsets are helpful in minimizing menstrual cramps in women. Many women temporarily relieve their dysmenorrheal by lying in the fetal position, which exerts pressure on the peritoneal organs and somewhat diminishes the painful uterine contractions. Corsets can mimic this position by exerting pressure on these same organs, reducing uterine contractions (and thus cramping) while her posture remains erect.

  • Corsets may be used as a weight loss aid – they act as an external gastric band and do not allow much expansion of the stomach, thus helping to control appetite and reduce food portions. Wearing a corset can also help the wearer to see themselves as a smaller person, ‘planting the seed’ of belief in their minds that weight loss is achievable, and acting as a strong motivation for these wearers to improve their nutrition and fitness regimen.

  • Corsets can change a woman’s figure semi-permanently through changes in muscle and fat pad morphology. Many athletic women use corsets to make their waists smaller. Female body builders have used corsets to reduce the size of their waists so they will have a more competitive edge in fitness competitions.