What do you think when you hear the word “corset”?
I think two things, and I think these are some pretty common first thoughts when you think of corsets.
The first thing: a woman from decades ago, all laced up in a corset on a daily basis because society wanted her to be perfect and super thin all the time.
The second thing, although it’s less common: getting all dolled up in a sexy corset for some seduction. This visual is usually more erotic, and can sometimes slip far into the BDSM territory.
Well, guess what? You’re not limited by just these two options. If you want to wear a corset, go out and do it — you can use it as a way to boost your wardrobe and add some new style, or you can use it as lingerie. If you’re feeling really wild, you can even use a corset as both clothing AND lingerie. Underwear as outerwear, anyone?
Here are my three top tips for trying out corsets if you’re new to the style.
- Pick a corset that’s not too tight. Corsets are intended to tuck in at your waist and make you look teeny tiny, but if your corset is too tight it can make the entire experience unpleasant. If your first experience with a corset makes you feel like you can’t breathe, you probably won’t wear one again.
- Go for subtlety. Choose a light corset that you can wear under your clothes, e.g. a summer dress. If you can familiarize yourself with corsets on a day-to-day basis, you won’t feel nervous about wearing corsets again.
- Make it a sensual experience. Whether or not you’re intending to wear a corset as lingerie, using corsets during sex can lead to good memories (and therefore good associations) with the clothing.
Sounds simple enough, right?