In many ways, the corset is a much maligned piece of shapewear. Its been present in female wardrobes for hundreds of years and it has evolved in a huge variety of directions. Perhaps this has contributed to its slightly confused and contradictory image. It’s not just a piece of fetish wear. Nor is it only shapewear. And its function is not limited to waist training. The corset, when properly understood, can be one of the most reliable and versatile pieces of your wardrobe. So let’s look at some ways of wearing your corset, and what you need to think about in terms of fit and function.
If you’re planning to wear your corset under your clothes (and to be honest, a lot of us do prefer to), there are a few specific considerations to put in place. As underwear, a corset is all about silhouette. So you should concentrate on this goal when choosing your garment.
Corsets tend to be available in dress size ranges, so for those on the cusp this can be a dilemma. If you’re a size 20, for example – should you go for the 18-20 or 20-22 option. Check out more detailed size guides for specific measurements here to work out which will sit most comfortably. Avoid sizing down since this will only result in lumps and bumps appearing under your clothes.
As a piece of underwear, your priority is for your corset to give you the waist cinched and lengthened silhouette that you desire. To achieve a smooth line, it’s vital to fit your corset accurately. Also, think about detailing and how this may show under your clothes. Choose seamless and unadorned pieces here.
A corset as outerwear is something a bit different, and bang on trend! This garment can be used to dramatic effect, both alone and through layering. This means that you can experiment with colour, fit and detailing. Whether you contrast a bright corset with chilled denim, or overlay it for a more bohemian look, it’s a fabulous fashion statement.
Corsetry as outerwear allows you to be somewhat more extreme with fit. Depending on the look you’re going for, your breasts can be a bit more uplifted and your waist a bit more cinched. Just make sure that it’s comfortable to last a whole evening. If you’re new to corset wearing and want to go dramatic, keep it to a couple of hours at a time.
Your outerwear corset should make a splash. This is not a garment for blending into the crowd. Go vibrant with primary colours or neons, and elaborate in embellishments and detailing. Satins look great with cottons while lace complements velvet. But experiment and mix and match to your heart’s content.
Corsetry is frequently integrated into formalwear. From occasion gowns to bridal party dress schemes, a corset brings elegant structure to these looks. Striking the right tone at a formal occasion can be fraught with challenges, though, so it’s important to get it right.
For formal events, whether your corset is integrated with your gown or underneath it, the fit should create elegant, sleek lines. It’s also more likely to need to stay in situ for long periods of time, so comfort is even more key. If your dress allows, look for a shoulder anchored corset or body suit to maximise stability.
Your formalwear corset, especially when on show, can be the making of an event outfit. Paired with a sharp trouser suit it builds a sexy tone. Or team it with a soft chiffon for a more whimsical look. One thing is sure though, this garment is ideal for the formal occasion.
Whether you choose to wear your corset underneath or over the top, as casual or formal wear, there is one thing that is constant. That is to wear your corset with confidence. When you’ve chosen a garment with perfect fit and quality fabrics, you’ll find that confidence comes as standard. At Elle Courbee we understand the importance of feeling assured when it comes to shapewear. That’s why the garments that we offer are intricately chosen with quality and elegance in mind.