After years of dressing, I started to add enhancements into my wardrobe a couple of years ago. I was surprised by how much I loved what breast forms and thigh pads did for my figure. I was also surprised by how much difference they made to my appearance.
Thigh pads gave me more curves and I loved how I looked in dresses and skirts with them. Breast forms helped me look and feel more natural. I could see potential for an hourglass figure and I wanted to find something for my waist.
I own a corset (that I spent a lot of money on) but I rarely wear it. Corsets are peak lingerie, in my opinion. Incredibly sexy with a wide array of options. You can attach garters if you want (and why wouldn’t you?), there are underbust and overbust options as well as a variety of material with everything from PVC to satin. The intricate lacing and tying in the back is simply alluring. A true corset has steel boning which cinches your waist and slims your figure. It’s easy to confuse a corset with a basque.
I rarely wear the I own because despite spending a lot on it, it’s rather cheap. The metal strips that are sewn into it are more bendy than they should be and do not keep its shape (and therefor did not help with keeping the shape I wanted) as well as it should. They also poked through the fabric and then poked me which was not comfortable. It felt bulky and did not move with me as well as I would have liked.
I knew corsets were meant to be functional as well as sexy, but this experience made me think that perhaps they were not as functional as I hoped. Luckily I was mistaken. I was sent a Dita Black Satin Corset from Glamorous Corset last week and within minutes of opening the package I knew that everything I thought I knew about corsets was wrong.
The corset arrived in a black velvet bag and I immediately knew that any corset experience I had before was nothing compared to what was ahead of me. This was the real deal. The corset had some weight to it and I could feel the steel boning in the fabric. The corset felt thick and shimmery and I didn’t think the steel boning would be able to poke through the fabric. The steel fasteners in the front felt strong and the hooks fit comfortably and snug. It also has six loops to attach garters. Six!
The back of the corset was even more impressive. It was already laced and the cords felt strong without being too thick. The eyelets were not too close to the edge of the panels so I wasn’t worried about them being ripped out. These details stood out to me because of my past experiences with corsets and what I liked and did not like with previous ones. The cords were long which meant that not only could I tie a really sexy bow in the back, they were also long enough for me to adjust the corset as I needed. This would be something I would own and wear for a long time.
The next thing that I looked through was the guide that the corset included. The guide included instructions for lacing and tying the corset of course, but also how to get used to wearing it. There is a practice called seasoning where you wear the corset for 45 minutes to an hour each day for about ten days. This allows the corset to adapt it’s shape to your body and also helps you get used to wearing it. You will know you are wearing a true corset the first few times you put it on. It has an impact on your posture as well as on how you move. It is recommend you season your corset before you wear it to an event and I couldn’t agree more.
I loosened the laces of my new corset and after putting it on I tightened the back of it. The cords were long so with a few minutes of practice I was able to tie it. With an authentic corset you may be able to go tighter but that is something you slowly work your way up to. After my corset was laced and tied, I felt taller than before. I stood straighter and my posture was amazing. It was not so tight that I could not move easily, but I definitely knew I was wearing it. I liked that it was a underbust corset which allows me to wear a bra with forms.
As recommended, I wore the corset for an hour that first day. I got used to the corset (and the corset got used to me) as I moved normally and naturally. It never felt tight or uncomfortable but I did notice I was wearing it. I tightened the corset to trim my waist and I could see a more shapely figure under my shirt and jeans. I also felt… sexy. Wearing lingerie is a fun little secret and we all know the joy of wearing something cute under our clothes but this was a different level altogether. I used to think lingerie was nothing but sexy but we all have experienced wearing something cute but uncomfortable. Lingerie can be beautiful and practical and this corset is the pinnacle of that.
I was worried about putting it on the next day as the seasoning progressed. The day before I tightened it after I put it on, but this time it was already tied and I would simply hook the latches on the front of it. I am happy to say that it fit like a dream and it was easy to fasten. I was surprised by how much more comfortable the corset was the second day. It was still tight and cinched my waist but it wasn’t nearly as noticeable as it was the first day. I stood and sat straight up and I couldn’t slouch if I wanted to. Again, I stayed home and went about my time and I was able to move even more naturally than I did the day before.
I am excited to continue to season my corset and wear it to an event or an outing. I am really happy to have something that I feel completes my quest for a more shapely hourglass appearance. I will post more reviews and updates over the next week or so and let you know how the seasoning goes. So far my first impressions are nothing but positive. A corset is a commitment, it is something you invest your time and money into and I can see this investment paying off.
Glamorous Corset has also provided us with a discount on all their corsets if you want to add one to your wardrobe. At check-out, use discount code HANNAH15 for 15% off all corsets.
Thank you to Glamorous Corset for this beautiful corset. I’m glad to find out that everything I thought a corset was supposed to be was wrong.