Complete Guide to Corseting


Women have practiced corseting for hundreds of years. Naturally, we’re delighted that it’s still such a popular style in the twenty-first century – especially since corset designers are continually introducing daring new kinds that are sexier and more dramatic than ever. Corseting is a lot of fun to learn, but there are a few things you need to know before. We thought it would be helpful to provide some assistance for beginners, so keep reading to find out if corseting is right for you and how to get started!

Corseting Definition

Corseting is the practice of wearing a corset daily to substantially trim your waistline, either underneath other clothing or as part of a costume or special occasion attire. Hourglass Angel sells corsets for every occasion, including postpartum corsets and bridal corsets. Corseting falls under the category of “waist training,” thus, it can be used to support your long-term slimming regimes (i.e. a good diet and exercise). However, the phrase normally refers to steel-boned corsets rather than latex waist trainers.

What Exactly is a Steel-boned Corset?

Steel boning is used to reinforce a steel-boned corset. This design ensures that the garment is long-lasting and effective for optimal slimming. It is laced in the back for a custom fit and spectacular effects. Don’t be put off by the word “steel.” These thin, rod-like materials retain some elasticity, resulting in a compressed but not restricted center. Those stunning hourglass curves would not be achievable without the steel boning.

Cinchers Vs Corsets

Although the principle is similar, steel-boned corsets should not be confused with latex cinchers (also known as waist trainers). While a steel-boned corset employs boning and laces to reduce the waistline, a cincher uses compression materials and a hook-and-eye closure to achieve the same effect. A corset will give you more dramatic slimming results, whilst a cincher will be more adaptable because it is simpler to conceal beneath clothing. Some waist cinchers are especially suited for workouts, as the latex increases body heat and sweat.

Many ladies who are serious about waist training discover that cinchers and corsets work well for them! Having many options to rotate through your clothing might be incredibly convenient.

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More information regarding the differences between these garment types may be found here.

How to Select the Appropriate Size

Before you begin corseting, you should be certain that you are wearing a waist trainer that fits properly. When measuring for your corset, use a vinyl or fabric measuring tape to identify the narrowest region of your waist, which is usually a couple of inches above the belly button where your body has a natural bend. Maintain a smooth surface with the tape, but don’t pull it so tight that you can’t fit a finger below.


To discover the best size, consult the corset’s sizing guide. To get the corset size for most corsets, subtract 3–4 inches from your waist size. (For example, if your waist is 30 inches, you’ll need a size 26 corset.) When in doubt, size up rather than down.

How do i Apply it?

Lacing up a corset can be difficult, so we recommend using a mirror or asking for help. To begin, gently unroll the corset so that the laces face up. Pull them apart, releasing the Xs from the center outward. When you put it on, the hooks that clasp in front are on your right, indicating that the correct side is up. It should be quite loose; never pull or tug on the hooks when fastening the front.

Pull the laces starting at the top and bottom and working your way to the center, pulling the loops as you go. Pull loops should be placed at the natural waist. When you’ve attained the desired tension, tie them.

Breaking in Your Corset

It’s critical to season or breaks in your corset before you start wearing it. At first, please put it on carefully, without drawing the laces all the way tight. Wear it for an hour or so every day or for 2–3 days to allow it to mold to your shape. Then go ahead and lace it uptight.

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If you want to wear your corset for a special occasion, keep this in mind. Allow yourself time to break in your corset before the big day, just like you would a new pair of shoes. When seasoned, it should fit very snugly, the laces should easily pass through the grommets, and there should be no gaps.

How Tight is it?

Once your corset has been seasoned, you can tighten the laces as far as they will go. When you initially start corseting, one of the first things you’ll notice is how powerful the compression is. It may seem to snug the first few times you wear it, but your body adapts fast. Stop wearing it immediately if you have pain, shortness of breath, or discomfort in addition to the initial tightness.

Getting a Waist Training Regimen up and Running

After you’ve chosen and seasoned your corset, you can gradually begin wearing it daily. It will take some time for your body to acclimate to wearing it. Begin with simply an hour or two every day and gradually increase. Once you’re at ease, we recommend corseting for at least eight hours per day for the best effects. After a few weeks of wearing a corset for one hour a day and then adding a half hour each day, you should be able to wear it all day. Consistency is essential for getting the most out of waist training.

When you initially start, it can be not easy to modify your body. But keep going. Take a break in the middle of the day if necessary, and then get back to work. We strongly advise you to keep track of your progress by taking waist measurements and photos at least once a month for inspiration. Explore #BeTheHourglass on Instagram to discover more corseting results.

Keep a Healthy Lifestyle

We recommend combining corseting with a healthy lifestyle with 5–6 nutritious meals per day and exercise. Because your abdomen is constricted when wearing a corset, you may find yourself eating less, but it’s crucial to ingest the nutrition your body needs, as well as plenty of water. Remember that steel-boned corsets are not meant to be worn when working out. We strongly recommend utilizing a fitness band waist trainer to amplify your workouts and maintain your waist training while exercising for the greatest results.

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Corseting Outcomes

Keep in mind that everyone’s body is unique. If you use corseting to supplement your existing fitness goals, several elements will influence your results: lifestyle, nutrition, genetics, and your dedication to corseting (see this post for more).

Here are some photos of corsets of various body kinds and sizes, courtesy of our wonderful staff at Hourglass Angel!

Tips for Styling a Corset

If you’re not used to wearing a corset, you’ll have a lot of fun with your styling possibilities. Corsets can be used as either undergarments or outerwear, depending on the style.

In general, if you want to conceal your corset beneath your clothing, use outer fabrics that are not too thin or fitting; otherwise, the corset may show through. It may take some trial and error to figure out which styles work best for you. For more information on stealth corseting, read this article. 

If your favourite corset isn’t working with a specific outfit, it might be beneficial to have another latex waist trainer in your closet that is a little bit simpler to hide. You’ll also want to give your corset a break now and then to keep it clean and in good shape. You can keep up your waist training regimen with a range of style alternatives by rotating several different models of waist trainers in your wardrobe.

Don’t forget that a corset may be a stunning display item when worn as outerwear. Pair it with a feminine top or dress for a stunning retro look.


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