Corsets have earned their place in history as one of the sexiest and most feminine garments a girl can own.
These babies have the power to transform your silhouette like no other, making them an absolute must-have for crossdressers and transgender women!
If you’re eager to explore the wonderful world of corsets, this comprehensive guide is for you. In this blog post, I share everything you need to know about MTF (male to female) corsets.
You’ll learn about choosing the right style and size, as well as how to lace and style your new corset. Let’s get started!
Fashion vs. Steel Boned Corsets
When it comes to transgender / crossdressing corsets, there are two main types to consider: fashion corsets and steel boned corsets.
Fashion corsets are for those who love the look of conventional corsets, but who want to wear a more comfortable piece. These corsets are created more for show and are worn as a fashion item.
Fashion corsets are typically made with thin plastic boning that is flexible and comfortable to wear. Some of these corsets may even leave out the boning entirely, opting instead for layered fabric strips to give that boning look and feel.
Steel boned corset
The most common type of corset is the steel-boned corset, also known as a “fully boned corset” or a “corset for waist training.”
Compared to fashion corsets, steel-boned corsets are more durable. Choose this style of corset if you want to train your waist or create a dramatic hourglass shape.
Steel-boned corsets are constructed with strong steel boning that runs the length of the corset to support your shape. They typically fasten with a traditional busk fitting at the front and lacing at the back, which can be adjusted to fit your body.
Which is best?
While the choice of corset depends your own personal preferences, I recommend investing in a steel-boned corset since it can be worn as both a waist training garment and a fashion piece.
Selecting The Right Corset
How to choose the right style
Corsets come in a huge range of styles and variations, but they typically fall into these 4 categories: underbust, overbust, midbust, and waspie.
The underbust corset, as its name suggests, is a style of corset that starts below the bust and ends above the hips.
This corset tends to be more comfortable since it doesn’t place pressure on the breasts. Underbusts are also easier to fit since only your waist measurements are needed.
An underbust corset can worn as a waist cincher under your clothes, or on top of clothing for a different look.
The overbust corset style is one of the classic corset designs. They accentuate the waistline while enhancing the breasts.
This style of corset can have straps or be strapless. Overbust corsets are popular as lingerie, costumes, and fashion accessories.
Choose an overbust corset if you want a corset that can be worn by itself, or if you need one that covers more skin.
Mid-bust corsets begin at the center of the bust. They offer the breasts support without too giving too much of a push-up effect.
The midbust corset provides shaping and support to the waist and midsection, helping to create an hourglass shape.
Midbust corsets are great for those looking for a more comfortable alternative while still achieving a cinched silhouette.
A waspie corset is a shorter style of corset that typically extends from the waist to just above the hips.
Waspie corsets are known for their compact size and are often used as fashion accessories rather than for extreme waist reduction.
They can be worn as standalone pieces or layered over clothing, such as dresses or tops, to enhance the waistline and create a more defined silhouette.
How to choose the right size
Choosing the right size corset is essential to ensure a comfortable and flattering fit. Here are some steps to help you select the perfect size:
- Measure your waist: Use a flexible measuring tape to measure the narrowest part of your waist. This is typically just above your belly button. Make sure the tape is snug but not overly tight.
- Determine your corset size: Corset sizes are usually determined by waist measurements. Refer to the size chart provided by the corset manufacturer or retailer.
- Consider your desired reduction: Decide how much waist reduction you desire. If you’re a beginner or prefer a more comfortable fit, aim for a corset that is 2-4 inches smaller than your natural waist measurement. If you’re more experienced, you may opt for a greater reduction.
Putting On The Corset
How to put on a corset: step-by-step
Putting on a corset can be a bit tricky, but with these simple steps, you’ll be a pro in no time:
- Loosen the laces: Start by loosening the laces at the back of the corset. This will create some space for you to comfortably slip into it.
- Wrap it around your body: Hold the corset with the opening facing the front and wrap it around your waist. The busk (the front closure) should align with the center of your torso.
- Fasten the front closure: With one hand holding the corset in place, use your other hand to fasten the busk. It typically has hooks on one side and loops on the other. Start from the top and work your way down, gently hooking each set of hooks into the corresponding loops.
- Adjust the lacing at the back: Stand up straight and pull the laces at the back of the corset. Begin tightening them gradually, starting from the top and working your way down.
- Create a comfortable fit: As you tighten the laces, the corset will begin to hug your waist. Adjust the lacing until you achieve a snug but not overly tight fit. You should be able to breathe comfortably and move freely.
- Tie off the laces: Once you’re satisfied with the fit, tie off the laces at the back of the corset. You can create a simple bow or knot to secure them in place. Avoid tying them too tightly or too loosely.
Also check out the video below for step-by-step instructions on how to lace yourself into a corset.
Breaking in your corset
Before you start wearing your corset, it’s crucial to break it in.
First, put it on gently without pulling the laces all the way in. Wear it for about an hour per day for two days so it can mold to your shape. After this, you can go ahead and lace it up tightly.
If you’re planning to wear the corset for a special occasion, it is especially important to give yourself time to break it in – just as you would want to do with a new pair of shoes.
Wearing The Corset
Now for the fun part – wearing your corset. Should you wear a corset under or over your clothes? My response? Whatever you prefer!
Wearing a corset under clothes (stealthing)
Wearing a corset under your clothes, also known as “stealthing,” allows you to achieve an hourglass shape while keeping your corset hidden. Here’s how to do it:
- Choose the right corset: Select a corset that fits comfortably and is suitable for wear under clothing. Look for corsets with a sleek and smooth design, without any prominent decorative features that may show through your clothes.
- Wear appropriate undergarments: Put on a well-fitting bra and any other undergarments you usually wear. Smooth and seamless options work best to avoid any visible lines or bulges.
- Put on the corset: Loosen the laces at the back of the corset and wrap it around your waist. Fasten the front closure, whether it’s a busk, hooks, or another type of closure. Ensure the corset is centered on your torso and aligned with your natural waistline.
- Adjust the fit: Gradually tighten the laces at the back of the corset, starting from the top and working your way down. Create a snug fit that provides the desired shaping without causing discomfort or restricting movement.
- Complete your outfit: Put on the rest of your clothes, such as a dress, top, or skirt, while being mindful of the corset underneath. Choose garments that fit well and complement the shape created by the corset.
- Smooth out your silhouette: Adjust your clothing over the corset. Smooth out any wrinkles and ensure that your clothes drape naturally over the corset without any visible lines or distortions.
Wearing a corset as part of your outfit
If you want to show off your corset as part of your outfit, here are some tips to style it:
- Select a statement corset: Opt for a corset that stands out and complements your personal style. Consider corsets with unique patterns, textures, or embellishments that can add flair to your outfit.
- Coordinate with clothing pieces: Choose clothing items that pair well with your corset. For example, you could pair a corset with a skirt or jeans or wear it over a fitted blouse or a simple t-shirt.
- Layer creatively: Experiment with layering to incorporate the corset into your ensemble. For example, try wearing the corset over a button-up shirt or a dress.
- Accessorize thoughtfully: Enhance your corset outfit with accessories that complement the overall aesthetic. However, be mindful not to overwhelm the outfit and let the corset remain the focal point.
- Embrace versatility: Explore different ways to wear your corset. It can be a versatile piece that transitions from casual to formal occasions, so have fun and experiment with mixing and matching.
As you can see, corsets are sexy, fun, and feminine – and they have the power to completely transform your figure. That’s why I believe every crossdresser and transgender woman should own one!
Now I’d love to hear from you! Do you own a corset or wear one regularly? Please share in the comments below. And be sure to include a pic of you in your favorite corset!
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