So this would be my very first corset. Okay scratch that, my very first corset that is meant to do what a corset does…
As defined by google as…
“A woman’s tightly fitting undergarment extending from below the chest to the hips, worn to shape the figure.”
Don’t get me wrong I’ve worn corsets before, just the type that cost £20, are smothered in bows and frills, tend to just come out for Halloween and do nothing in the way of extenuating your figure.
Enter Corset Story! The lovely Corset Story sent me over my very first corset, the ‘Classic underbust with hip gores.’ And I won’t lie the total excitement mixed with a bit of apprehension was making me nervous. Once delivered (cue girlie excited squeal at receiving post) I was first shocked by how heavy it felt. The corset is steal spiral boned which apparently provides more support, flexibility and strength. In short, it helps a corset do what it is meant to do!
Anyway first came the tight lacing. Well I am not quite sure how anyone ever masters putting them on themselves, but there is a reason corset wearers in the past had servants to lace them in. It is tricky. So tricky that I had to delay the post until I next saw my Boyfriend, who kindly offered to assist me (it didn’t take too much convincing).
Here is some guidance from Corset Story on your first corset experience…
When laced in, the corset should press down on your hips, but not so much that it’s painful or unpleasant. Similarly, if it’s restricting your breathing you have it on too high.
Most corsets are designed and tailored to allow for a 1 inch/2.5cm gap when fully laced, but this only applys when you have been wearing it for a while. Don’t worry if, on your first few wears, there is a bigger gap, as this is perfectly normal.
Whatever you do, don’t make that all-important day or night the first time you wear it. Wear it around the house as often as possible to familiarise yourself with it, and – should the situation arise – to startle the postman.
I’d given my measurements to Corset Story and they’d sent over the size they recommended for me. It looks frickin’ tiny off and the fact that I had to stretch it far larger than the modesty panel could accommodate had me in a mild panic.
Panic is not the thing to be feeling whilst trying to pack yourself into your first corset. So after a quick chill out over a mint tea we returned to the task. Once I was all laced up there was no gap between the corset and the modesty panel, which came as a surprise if I am honest!
Wearing a corset is a weird feeling. I had the most amazing posture, felt no desire to snack before lunch and dare I say it… felt sexy. There really is something daring and saucy about wearing a corset, despite the obvious restrictiveness! I won’t lie though, after an hour I was more than ready to take it off. My first try and I am not convinced that it is something I could wear for a whole evening but then persistence does seem to be the key to any girls corset journey. The idea of commiting to wearing a corset a couple of hours a day is a daunting one but with images of Jessica Rabbit’s waist in my head, I am actually crazy enough to think I can give it a go!
There are a lot of corset advocates in the blogger community. The general concensus seems to be that they are strange to begin with, but as long as you have a well fitting corset (plus oodles of perseverence) then they can help give you an awesome silhouette. For my first forray into the world of corset’s I was pretty pleased with how mine made me look. Let’s just see if I can remain persistent enough to keep it up.
Have you got any corset tips or first wear stories? I’d love to hear them, get in touch over social media or drop me a message below.