Rainbow Corset Wear

Congratulations! You have just joined a very special "club" of ROMANTASY customers and individuals around the world who recognize and appreciate the elegance of modern-day corseting! No matter the reason for your interest in this fine garment, you will enjoy many days of pleasure while wearing it.

To maximize the pleasure of your corseting experience, please consider the following.

Getting Started

Always remember to unloosen the ties before you don your corset, or try to unsnap the front busk at the middle stud, to take the corset off. If you do not, you risk "popping" off one of the front snaps, a pricey repair that some other corsetmakers will not even undertake (please ask; one of our team members will most likely accommodate this kind of repair).

Corsets are delivered with garters attached and laced up the back with two long loops at the waist located roughly midway between top and bottom. As you will have a corset that is between two and four inches smaller than your normal waist size, first loosen the lacing at the back until there is a gap of about 3-4 inches. Put the corset around you preferably not next to bare skin to protect your corset. Consider purchasing our CorPro sculpted tube top made to fit your corset; wash that and not your valuable corset. A very snug microfiber chemise will also work well, and fasten the front busk at one of the two middle snaps. Do not start at the top or bottom snap, or your task will become quite onerous!

If you have a separate panel of fabric (not all corsets have this) to cushion the eyelets, place it underneath the back lacing before you start to tighten them.

To assist you to close the corset, exhale and contract your tummy inwards as you fasten the middle snap. Use this process in reverse to take the corset off. Always remember to unloosen the ties before you try to unsnap the front busk at the middle snap. If you do not, you risk "popping" off one of the front snaps.

You should be sure and use the 'lean-pull' process to properly seat the waistline. Midway through lacing, lean to one side and gently tug downward the opposite bottom hem of the corset and reverse. This lengthens the torso when you stand up and also creates more space between the lowest rib and pelvic bone for the narrow part to lace even narrower. Men should be sure to place the waistline where they want it; a male waist is about at the bellybutton or lower, a female waistline is about one inch above the bellybutton.

Further, if you see any tendency of the corset front busk to go out of vertical, or to torque on the body, do not continue lacing but open  up the laces, take the corset off, and start again. Never let a corset torque and stay that way on one wearing occasion, as it will tend to form and stay that way permanently!

Dressing By Yourself

If you have no one to help you get into your corset, and you also have a separate panel of fabric to cover the eyelets, bend over, place the panel in the middle of your back, drape the corset with the laces over the panel, then stand up and fasten it.

To close the corset we recommend our Lacisstant which secures on a door handle and will not allow the lacing ribbons to slip off, often a dangerous risk if you merely place the ribbons over the door handle without more. Slowly jiggle your feet and inch them forward, using both free hands to reach around back and work at pulling each criss-cross in turn bottom to waist, then top to waist and take up the slack each time. Tie off the ribbons at the waist and tuck the bow and ends up under the bottom hem of your corset for a neat, finished effect (and to avoid certain wetness upon trips to the lady's or men's lounges!).

You can also take the loops in your hands and bend your elbows back (as a chicken's wings would appear). Then draw the laces over the front of your arm at the elbow and lower arm. Slowly draw the strings forward in a fluid motion to tighten the corset. Then tie a bow at the center back or front of the corset.

Please click here to see a diagram of simple back lacing and further information.

A client sent us this fascinating webpage by Ian: http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/lacingmethods.htm

The first two he mentions are perhaps the most common methods for corset wearers, and the two methods that we feature. You may see many other ways to lace shoes that might also be applied to your corset. Just try some and see which you prefer, since there truly is no single "right" or "wrong" way to lace.

How Your New Corset Should Fit

View photographs and description of how your new corset should fit at the upper and lower perimeters and on your bosom if an overbust style.

Going Slowly

On no account should you try to lace the corset closed, or even very tightly on the first several wearings. As you lace down, measure your waist to see that it has not been reduced on the outside of the corset any more than about 1 1/2 inches for the first four times you wear it. This is because corsets need "breaking in time". After a while they mold to your body shape and the material takes the strain of waist reduction evenly. Placing too much pressure on the corset at the outset may damage the fabric or "pop" stitches. In addition, it may cause you discomfort and a negative feeling toward your beautiful new garment. Remember that moderation is the catch word here!

Wear the corset about 2-4 hours the first time, and for several times thereafter. After that, you should extend the hours of wear to 6 or 8 for several times more, before you tighten the corset. when you are ready, lace down 1/2" and drop your hours of wear back to 2-3 hrs for several times. Continue this pattern until you reach your desired reduction, or until the corset fabric and boning eases and begins to sculpt to your body. There is no set time or tightness that we can recommend since these are matters of judgment for you to make, once you consider our advice.

To speed up the seasoning process for a new corset, you may split wearing for 2 hrs, into morning wear, and late evening wear. Never sleep in a new corset however. To continue with serious waist training early or late in the seasoning process, you may want to sleep with a 2-3" wide Training Belt snugly fit over your nightclothes.

When corsets are damaged, it is almost always through excessive force applied too soon. During the early stages of breaking in a corset, if laced too tightly, even a sneeze may destroy the front busk stitching. If you have a burning desire to wear your new corset every day, you might consider ordering another corset right away. Several corsets worn in sequence can well last many years with each one maintained in excellent shape.

At no time should your corset feel uncomfortable or painful. You should feel a pleasant "hugging" sensation and enjoy excellent posture. Always lace down just less than you feel you can tolerate or prefer, so that you will continue to look forward to wearing your corset. For effective, long-term waist reduction, the goal is to be able to comfortably wear the corset snugly laced for longer and longer periods of time, not very tightly laced for only a few minutes.

Maximizing the Pleasure

We suggest that on the day that you anticipate wearing your garment, you eat and drink lightly, avoiding fats, sugars and carbohydrates. Minimize the amount you drink of champagne or other carbonated beverages. Choose fruit juices, salads, and cooked or canned fruits and vegetables. Never bolt down food or overeat just before or after you have put your corset on, because you risk severe stomach cramping upon its removal.

Coupled with a healthy diet, daily or every-other-day wearing of your corset and exercise, many wearers experience permanent waist reduction and weight loss. The corset can therefore be an effective adjunct to a weight control program. Because it will be made for a smaller waist, you can continue to wear it for many months or sometimes years, even if you do lose weight after you begin corseting.

Maximizing Reduction

For effective, long-term waist reduction, the goal is to be able to comfortably wear the corset snugly laced for longer and longer periods of time. The goal is not to lace tightly but only tolerate it for a few minutes at a time.

If you want maximum waist reduction for a particular occasion, put the corset on several hours in advance of that time, but at a very loose level. Every 30 minutes tighten it slightly until you are at a desired but comfortable reduction. If you plan to wear your corset under a wedding dress, remember to order in time for delivery before your dress is altered, and in time for at least two weeks of practice before your wedding date.

Cleaning and Care

Your CorPro will protect your corset from excessive perspiration and minimize cleaning of it. The less you clean your corset the longer it will last and look beautiful.

Most corsets should be dry cleaned. However, ask first if your corset can be hand washed, and follow your manufacturer's advice. Never, ever machine wash or dry a corset! We will provide detailed instructions to our clients on how to hand wash (if possible; brocades and silks should always be dry cleaned) to minimize the chance of rust on the spring steel busk and boning (stainless steel is not a choice for corsets since it is so inflexible), which risk cannot be avoided. The secret is to dry your corset within about 2-4 hrs. and never let it remain wet all night. This will not guarantee against rust, however. If you do see rust, apply a drop of Whisk, or other fabric-safe rust remover (available at most pharmacies).

Never expose it to sunlight to dry, as it may fade. If washing a corset you may use a soft toothbrush very lightly to remove stubborn stains. Towel the corset dry and treat it as you would a fine cashmere sweater. You may hang a wet corset over a plastic hanger to dry, but never over a metal hanger because of the risk of rust. Again, we urge extreme caution, and rapidity of drying any corset you have been advised can be washed. The best decision remains to dry clean your valuable corset.

Dressing Tips

When planning on wearing your corset and until you are an "old hand", add an extra 30 minutes to your dressing time. Check to be certain you are putting garter straps back on a corset in the proper direction to attach stockings, or you will have to do the task twice! Garter ribbons should point toward the center busk, or toward the back laces of the corset.  Also you might wish to step into and buckle boots or shoes on before you corset, since leaning forward is not easy and in any case, not advisable (you may tend to pop off the waistline stud on the busk, or even weaken or snap the busk).

For the Enjoyment of All!

A little known fact regarding corsets is that men as well as women have enjoyed the benefits of corseting for years. A hundred years ago most ladies wore fairly tightly laced corsets. However, Army officers in the Crimean War were also regular users of corsets as were many Frenchmen. Roussell was a famous French firm making corsets to measure for men. They had an imposing retail store on Regent Street in London from Edwardian times until about 1960. Their windows always showed a full range of men's corsets. They closed because rents and rates made business difficult, not because of lack of business. Gentlemen customers of ROMANTASY are more fortunate to have a continuing source of fine quality garments to enjoy!

In Conclusion

If you ever have any questions regarding the care or wearing of your new corset, do not hesitate to contact us at ROMANTASY. We have many years of personal experience in corseting (our owner owns 70 corsets from 14 companies at last count!) and we have fitted over 7000 men and women with custom garments.

Again, congratulations on your elegant new garment, and do let us hear from you regarding your corseting experiences.

Please read about some cautionary tips while traveling or shopping and wearing your corset.

Please read the thoughts of one of our most distinguished corset makers, Mr. Garrod of True Grace Corset Company.