What Does a Corset Do?

Whether we are cognizant of it or not, there is a strong correlation between how we look and how we feel, and several studies have been conducted to support this premise. In fact, we need only look at an article featured on, which shows that 96% of women believe that the clothes they wear affect their confidence and overall mood.

The study also found that as much as 73% of women purchase new clothes every few months. That aside, what should women, who have a figure that doesn’t support their favorite clothing brands/styles, do to feel better in the clothes that they wear? Well, this is a question that this article will answer for you as we explore the modern-day corset.


Corsets are nothing new; in fact, they have been around since the 16th century, worn primarily by British and European women. However, the modern-day corset has enjoyed a resurgence of sorts with many women seeking them out as a way to achieve a more flattering look while wearing their favorite dresses, tops, and jeans.

But how do they work, exactly? Well, a corset is a garment that is intended to hold and train the torso, allowing those who wear them to achieve a slimmer waist or more accentuated bottom, either for aesthetic or medical purposes. It’s important to note, however, that corsets do not help you lose weight; instead, they're designed to give the illusion of a thinner waist or a more defined derriere.


Having provided a little bit of background on corsets, let’s now turn our attention to not only how to wear them but also how to look amazing in them. To look your best in your corset, you’re encouraged to follow these four guidelines:

  1. Choose the right color/style- Although this probably sounds obvious, you’d be surprised how many women either choose the wrong color or buy an overbust corset when, in actuality, an underbust corset would be optimal, based on their figure. 

  2. Make sure it fits right- If you have never bought a corset before, finding the right size can be challenging. Quality corsets, especially the steel-boned variety, are sized based on waist measurement, not the small, medium, and large sizing that we’ve grown accustomed to. So keep that in mind as you peruse your favorite stores looking for that ideal corset. 

  3. Plan your outfit- If you plan on wearing your corset under a dress, make sure you have your hair done, makeup on, and shoes on first. After all, lacing up a corset can be time-consuming, especially if you’re a one-girl army. 

  4. Proper lacing matters- Don’t be fooled into believing that lacing up a corset is like tying the laces on your favorite sneakers. To get it done right the first time, start lacing from the bottom to the top, tying the remainder of lace at the smallest point of your waist. When it's all said and done, you will look amazing and, more importantly, you'll be ready for whatever the day brings.