As we’re now well into autumn, it seems that the weather is starting to cool down for most of us. On Facebook, I can hear the rejoicing from corset wearers living in subtropical regions of America and Europe as they are able to wear cotton and satin corsets in comfort.
For those in the southern hemisphere, things are warming up for you, so if you haven’t read it already, see this link to my tips on corseting comfortably in the summer!
This post is dedicated to corseting throughout the winter, though. What do you need to know about corseting in the winter? Shouldn’t it be easier than in the summer? Yes, in a way - but here’s a guide of what to expect, and how a corset can help you through the winter months:
Around where I live, when it gets cold enough to start to snow (which is often early November), I welcome the layered clothing. I wear leggings, knee-socks, then my jeans or slacks overtop. On my top half, I can easily wear a t-shirt or tank top (as my corset liner - yes, I still recommend using one even in the winter), my corset over that, then a sweater and coat on top of those! With all that bulk, it makes “stealthing” (hiding my corset under my clothing so it’s not noticeable that I’m wearing it) much easier - and the larger the sweater, the less noticeable the corset is!
If you want to show off your corseted silhouette under your sweaters, you can wear a more fitted knit sweater and use a belt or cinch clips to accentuate the waistline. Wearing your corset over a bulky shirt however may not be the best way to go - a loose shirt or sweater under your corset will cause wrinkles or folds underneath your corset, and these bumpy areas may be uncomfortable - remember that a good liner should be as wrinkle-free as possible.
You may also notice that you’re not able to tighten your corset quite as much over a bulky sweater. The internal waist of a corset may be 26 inches, but if you are wearing that corset closed over a thick sweater, your waist measurement may be closer to 24 inches underneath all that bulk. And the corset will be tighter everywhere (in the ribcage and hips, not just in the waist). Now, you can use this to your advantage if you have a corset that’s too big for you, so you can continue wearing it even if you’ve lost considerable weight - just be aware of the wrinkling issue under the corset.
For many of us, cold weather also means less humidity in the air - made worse by indoor heating. If you are prone to dry skin, take extra measures to take care of the skin over your tummy. Moisturize it about 30-60 minutes before putting on your corset (to allow your skin to absorb it fully), and if you have any rough patches of skin, exfoliate gently once or twice a week. Some like to use powder under their liner to prevent itching or chafing.
While none of my corsets really build up an electric charge, I find that satin corsets help my shirts and sweaters glide over it more smoothly, and don’t cause as cling. Cotton causes less static than wool or silk as well, but twill corsets are not as slippery as satin. If your corset is causing static shocks or causing your outer clothes to cling to it, you can take a dryer sheet and rub it gently over the outside of your corset (not the inside) and see if it helps.
Wearing a corset can help you in some of your outdoor chores in the winter time - for instance, I almost always wear a corset when I’m shovelling the front steps. I lace it relatively loosely (2 inches reduction or so - as I’m often breathing heavily when shovelling) but it helps to stabilize my back, and reminds me to lift using my legs instead of using my lumbar area as a hinge. With the corset’s support, I find I can push or lift a little more snow, and get the shovelling done a bit faster.
Do you have any other tips for corseting in cooler weather? Let us know in a comment below!
Stay warm, and happy lacing!
Lucy (TT guest blogger)