Corsets – Fitting your New Corset

  1. The back should be laced together with ribbon, with the edges about 4 inches apart. Place the corset around your body until the front edges are aligned with your centre front. Place it at the height that feels most comfortable to you, so the curve of the corset matches the curve of your waist.
  2. The laces for the front are tied together to form one long lace. The knot tells you where the centre is.  Push the tip of one end out (from the inside pointing outward) from one of the bottom grommets, and do the same with the other end and the other grommet.
  3. Lace up the front exactly like doing up a sneaker, criss-crossing, going from inside to outside each time. If you get confused, look at the back lacing and imitate it.
  4. Pull the front closed all the way, making sure there are no gaps, tightening the way you would a shoe. Tie a bow knot at the top.
  5. If you’re flexible, you can do the next step yourself; otherwise, you need a friend for the first time you put it on. Tighten the back laces the same way you did the front until everything feels comfortably snug and there are no gaps between the sides of your hips and the corset.  You don’t need to tighten the top equally with the bottom; you use the back lacings to custom-fit the corset to your shape.
  6. You don’t want to pull the back too tight right away. Get used to the feeling, and when you’re ready, start tightening the back a little bit at a time.  Never tighten to the point you have trouble breathing or you’re uncomfortable in any way.
  7. When you’re wearing a corset, remember to bend from your knees, not your waist. Don’t yank suddenly on the laces; use a smooth, gradual pulling motion to tighten. If you’re about to eat a big meal, loosen off the back, or your stomach won’t like it. Remember, you often don’t realize how hungry you are when you’re in a corset – REMEMBER TO EAT!  Also, if you’re going to lace very tightly, remember to drink water often.
  8. This is NOT a tight-lacing corset! It’s a very sturdy corset for daywear, but if you really want to start serious waist training or attempt semi-permanent reduction, you need a corset which is made for the purpose.  Never attempt to waist train with a non-specialty corset!  You could hurt yourself.
  9. You can lace the corset with other things, like coloured ribbon or decorative cord to coordinate with an outfit. We just use shoelaces because they’re quick to do up and don’t slip.
  10. Sometimes it can be hard to remember which part of the corset us “up”. The edge that has the binding on it is the bottom.

WARNING: Occasionally, the dye from denim-lined corsets can rub off on pale-coloured clothing (just like jeans can).