If you use a corset for waist training or if you happen to lose weight after you purchase a corset, you may find that you’ve “outshrunk” your corset and you may choose to purchase a shiny new corset that fits you better. But how do you really know when you’re finished with your old corset, and what can you do with it now that it’s too big for you?
Signs that you have outshrunk your corset:
If you can easily close the corset so that the back edges are touching every time you wear it, and especially if the top and bottom edges of the corset are beginning to flare away from your body, your corset may be too large. Those who wear the corset for a long time may even find that they can suck in their abdomen and feel a space between their body and the corset. If you find that your corset is sliding around or wobbly, it may be time to size down!
Remember though that if you have any of these signs the very first time you try on a corset, it's not the correct size for you and you should exchange it for a smaller size.
What can you do with a corset you’re finished with?
Don’t throw that old corset in the trash! A well-made corset may still have lots of life in it, even after you’ve outshrunk it. You can still use the corset in a number of ways, including:
- If you find that your corset is wobbling on your body because it’s too larger, wearing the corset over thicker clothing, even sweaters or blazers, can help reduce that and you can be fashionable even over your winter clothing. Just remember that whatever you wear under your corset should not cause too much wrinkling or it may be uncomfortable.
- Keeping your corset “just in case” - while some hardcore waist trainers may see a larger corset as enabling, I personally like to keep corsets in several sizes, just like I have my work trousers for some days and I have my yoga pants for other days. During those times when you are retaining more water or otherwise measuring a little larger. Just remember to always lace to comfort, and if you’re feeling bloated or unwell, don’t wear a corset until you feel well enough to do so.
- Use your corset in the night as a maintenance/ sleeping corset (if you choose to wear your corset at night). Some people, especially those with back pain or poor quality mattresses, may wear a corset to sleep. When you’re “relaxing and ruminating” (the parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for this) blood is more directed to your internal organs and less in your limbs - which means you may feel more bloated in the night. Wearing a larger or looser corset may feel more comfortable for you, yet still give the support you may want or need.
- Sell your old corset - some cannot afford to pay $100 for a corset, and there is no shortage of people looking for a deal, especially if you’re willing to sell the corset online and ship it to them. If you feel that your old corset has served you well, and if it’s still decent quality and not falling apart, you could probably sell it onto someone else and get about 50-60% back for it. You can then use that money to subsidize your next corset purchase.
- If your corset is falling apart and you’re handy with a sewing machine, you may be able to use your old corset for parts. Pull out the steel busk and bones for a future corset project! While extremely laborious, it’s sometimes possible to make a smaller corset out of a pre-existing larger corset - but I consider it less worthwhile than simply selling the corset and purchasing another smaller one. That way, you can choose a different style while you’re at it!
- Frame your old corset, or otherwise keep it as a sentimental object - there’s no reason why you can’t keep a corset and display it nicely even after you’re done wearing it! Many people consider corsets to be highly treasured luxury garments, and there’s no shame in holding onto it!
What do you do with your old corsets? Let us know in the comments below!