I bet there are some of you out there reading the title of this article and thinking to yourself, “Why do I need you to tell me know to take off a corset? All I have to do is unhook the busks and I’m out!” I see your point.
However, what most women don’t know when they first start wearing corsets, especially for waist training, is that there’s a right way and a wrong way to take one off. Unfortunately, simply popping open the busks is not the correct way. “What?!” you’re thinking, “What’s the point of the busks if not to remove the corset?” Okay, hold the phone.
Before you get your knickers in a twist, let’s just say that the busks have a purpose, and we’re going to explain the process of properly removing your corset. Without further ado, here is your simple tutorial on how to take off a corset without going crazy.
Untie and Loosen the Laces
The proper way to remove your corset is a bit more involved than simply unhooking the busks. You want your corset to last a lifetime (or at least until you’re ready to downsize, if you’re waist training), and this requires proper care. Ladies: listen up. You must loosen laces BEFORE removing your corset.
Start by untying the bows in your corset strings and tugging the laces. This is most easily accomplished with help from a second set of hands, but you can also do it on your own by pulling the laces loose as you would with shoelaces, from the loose ends all the way down the line.
The goal is to get your corset really loose, so that you can easily move it around your torso, although not so loose that you could slide it over your hips and to the floor. If you’re in a hurry and you have the right laces, you can learn to do a “quick pull”, by which you grab the farthest end of the lace and pull out the entire lacing, but then you’ll have to re-lace your corset each time you wear it. No, thanks!
You’ll find that it’s much easier to simply loosen the laces a bit so that you can safely unhook the busks. This will make storing your corset and getting back into it tomorrow a lot easier.
Your corset is designed to take a bit of abuse, insomuch as it’s meant to be tightened. However, whereas most steel boning is designed to flex in multiple direction, the busks are a bit different. They are intended to flex just a bit to fit flat against your torso, but they’re not meant to bend side to side.
When removing a tightened corset, it’s all too easy to bend the busks as you try to finagle them open, and this can damage your corset irreparably. When you put it back on, it might not fit, look, or feel right.
You know what happens when you put your underwire bras in the dryer and they bend? This is way worse! If you want to extend the life of your corset and keep it comfortable, functional, and beautiful for years to come, take your time taking it off.
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My name is Rachel, I am the owner of Glamorous Corset, a small business founded by me in 2010. Back In 2005, I was in a car accident that left me with a herniated disk. Much to my surprise I learned steel boned corsets were beneficial to several medical injuries including mine. I was always intrigued with corsetry, their history and their beautiful aesthetic. I love sharing knowledge about corsets, educating my wonderful readers and breaking the negative stigma related to corsetry. In combination with my years of research and personal experience I hope my articles are useful and can help anyone who has struggled with some of the same things I have. More about me…