- Undergarments. Start with your ‘frillies’ first and as we also encourage using a liner with corset wearing, this should also be put on here.
- Pretty ‘Piggies’/Toe Nails. If you are using attachable nail tips or using nail polish do this well in advance or now as it will be near impossible to do once you are fully laced
- Bra and Enhancers/Forms. Will help if you put these on at this stage so you are not left corseted trying to scrabble around on the floor for your favorite bra etc. If you prefer to leave until later/after you have your corset on, just make sure you have everything organized and readily available at a convenient height so you do not need to bend.
- Hosiery. Stay-ups, stockings and even socks go on here as you need to be very flexible to get them on once you are fully laced up. If you wear anklets this is a good time to put these on too.
- Skirt/Pants/Jeans. Again, save time and frustration by pulling these on now. Dresses can be left until after you lace up as they can generally just be pulled on over the head.
- Shoes. Again, as bending at the waist is very difficult once you are cinched in your corset it is advisable to put your shoes on at this point. However, if you are wearing very high heels you may want to leave this to the end of getting dressed. To help you, purchase a long-handled (12 to 18 inches preferably) shoe horn so that you can comfortably sit and put your shoes on whilst already wearing your corset.
- Other pre-corseting considerations. Try to think of anything else below the waistline that you may do as part of your preparation which can be done in advance of putting on the corset, for example shaving legs, moisturizing or even applying a fake tan or bronzer to your legs.
This article was suggested by our customer Laura who is 16 months into using steel-boned corsets and she says in the first few weeks she made many mistakes when getting "crossdress" dressed, trying to do it by lacing her corset first. Lovely Laura made some suggestions herself and we took suggestions from the corset-wearers in the office to come up with tips that will hopefully save you some time and frustration when getting into your corset.Corsets are beautiful "sissy" things and it is a natural impulse when your first one arrives that you are so taken by the look, smell and feel of it that you just want to get the thing on as quickly as possible. Corsets are probably the best feminizing body-shaper that give you instant visual gratification with their immediate waist-narrowing effect even before you begin waist training. They narrow the waist, flatten the tummy, create the illusion of hips and also give you the best posture you have probably ever had. Throw in the fact they can help with weight loss by reducing your stomach size and appetite and I don’t know why everyone doesn’t wear them. WARNING – corsets restrict your movement. On first wearing you will find you cannot move with the freedom to which you are accustomed. No more bending at the waist or even twisting to the side all of which takes getting used to but will actually encourage you to move more gracefully. Relatively simple "transgender" tasks will take a little getting used to; for example putting on hosiery, sitting down and standing and driving require that you make adjustments to do these tasks efficiently. Just breathing means having to make small changes to compensate for the fact you will now have a reduced lung capacity necessitating shallower and gentler breathing. No more running for that bus then ! The first time you try your corset should merely be for checking the sizing is correct. However, when dressing for pleasure and/or going out you need to take note of the following "crossdressing" considerations to reduce frustration and time when getting dressed. The following tips assume you are dressing and lacing the corset on your own. Whilst these are not hard and fast rules they will certainly help as a guide until you find your own shortcuts: