As a child, I was intrigued by spy movies, like those from the Bond franchise. Although the women in these movies never seemed to fare very well, I was enamored by their strength, sophistication, and daring (if not their ridiculous names). I wanted to be smart, capable, and stealthy spy! I wanted to be a femme fatale!
These days I’ve become a bit more pragmatic – I’m guessing the “romantic” life of a spy is actually pretty stressful and lonely, and I have to admit, I like hanging out with the Haagen-Dazs and the hubby. There are still times, however, when stealth is necessary, such as when it comes to hiding those bulky, excess laces leftover after cinching a corset.
If you’re new to the art of waist training, you might walk around looking like you’re smuggling a mic pack or a weirdly-shaped tumor under your tee-shirt. What can you do to alleviate the bulk and properly hide your corset under your clothes? Here are a few suggestions for wearing a corset without letting the whole world know.
Choosing a Corset
Because waist training corsets are designed to be robust and durable, they can be hard to hide under modern clothing. However, corsets do come in a variety of styles and textiles, with many different features, and choosing the right one can minimize visibility.
For example, a leather corset with buckles and other embellishments is not going to lie as flat as, say, a cotton, satin, or mesh one with flat busks. You’ll probably find that underbust corsets are easier to camouflage than overbust models. Your best bet is to try on corsets with garments you frequently wear to find the model that works best with your wardrobe.
There are several ways to go about dealing with excess lacing. If you get your corset loosely laced with loops in the middle and find that you also have a lot of excess at the bottom, you might want to trim it and tie the ends in a knot.
As for the leftover loops when you’ve finished cinching into your corset, your best bet is to tie the laces in a bow and tuck the remaining length up under the bottom of the corset. Do not double bowtie the laces – this is best reserved for wearing corsets on the outside, when you want the lacing to show. You should also consider lacing material. Switching to less-bulky satin ribbon lacing can make hiding laces a lot easier.
Can you wear a waist training corset under a tight, stretch tee? Sure you can, but it’s going to be pretty hard to hide your undergarments, even if you can flatten the laces. Not super stealthy, ladies.
In addition to choosing the right corset and learning to deal with laces, you have to be realistic about the tops that will best help you to hide your undergarments. You wouldn’t wear a black bra with a white tee, and neither should you choose garments that are going to accentuate the fact that you’re wearing a corset underneath.
Layers, like a vest or jacket, can boost your efforts to camouflage, but for warmer environs, go with a bloused shirt and a belt to show off your waist whilst hiding your corset.
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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…