If you’re starting your crossdressing journey, chances are that you envy the hourglass figure of women. But you may not know how to achieve it yet. Corsets can help you, since they reduce your waistline by compressing it, enhancing your curves. To achieve such an effect, you should choose your corset wisely, so it fits your figure while feminizing it. If you still know nothing about Corsets, reading this article should be enough to give a primer and get you started on it.
Corsets vary in terms of structure, material, and type. Each one of these particularities is important, and will affect the way a corset shapes your body. The material and structure are responsible for holding and compressing. The type, on the other hand, will determine what it changes in your appearance. You also need to master the wearing aspects of the corsets if you want to wear them in the proper way. What I mean is that getting used to how they work will improve your experience and make you much more passable.
By the end of this article, I hope to help our cross-dressing sisters to acquire a basic understanding of corsets. It shall be useful in order to help them pick the right ones for their bodies. Once you manage to do that, your transformation will be much more convincing, as your silhouette becomes curvier than it ever was.
1. The basics of a corset
After all, what defines a corset? Well, we can say it’s a structure built with the historical purpose of compressing waists and stomachs. All that while shaping a more prominent chest for women. It became popular after the middle ages, during the XV and XVI centuries, and holds its popularity to this day. With this objective in mind, we may start to understand why a course looks the way it does. When doing its job properly, a corset makes your silhouette look like an hourglass, with a wide chest and hips combined with a narrow waist. This way, the corset itself reminds us of an hourglass somehow. It works like a funnel in the middle, where our waist is held compressed. But at the same time it lets our chest and hips spread out. A curious fact is that back then it was quite common for men to wear corsets as well. They did so to hide their bellies! but nowadays, it’s a symbol of femininity and evokes a sexy feeling for crossdressers.
2. The composition of a corset
In order to work as intended, a corset is made of a variety of materials. It needs some stems made of a stiff material to hold it’s shape, but also some kind of soft material to accommodate the body. The classic corsets had very rigid stems, made of whale bones, and laces of various fine fabrics, but most commonly cotton or silk. As time went by, the stiffness started to be provided by flexible steel, and in some cases plastic. It allowed for better flexibility and comfort, while maintaining enough stiffness to hold it’s shape. The fabric in some cases was replaced by elastic materials, in order to allow more body types to use certain kinds of corset.
3. The importance of corsets for crossdressers
As a crossdresser assigned male at birth, I know what it is to lack curves. I’ve always wanted to dress up as a girl, even before I discovered myself as genderfluid. However, I knew how different my body was from a lady’s. Looking like a square, I couldn’t even think about passing. That’s when I discovered the power of shapewear. Once I started to crossdress, my girlfriend encouraged me to buy a corset and waist cinchers. When I first dressed up in a corset, the difference was very noticeable.
What I mean by that, is that male and female bodies are quite different, that’s nature. But when we crossdress, we use art to trick nature, at least visually. Our silhouettes are very different and distinguishable. But a corset can help us reduce said differences and achieve a more feminine shape.
4. The different types of corsets
There are various types of corsets out there, each one designed to a certain purpose. In order to choose one that suits your needs, you’ll have to understand how each one works. That’s to make sure it’s able to feminize your body the way you want it to. It also means that you’ll be choosing a corset according to body type. So, to help you with that, I’ll talk a bit about each one of the most common types of corsets.
● Hourglass corset
The classic corset, which underwent very little design changes from Victorian times until now. I like to call this variety the “all rounder” of corsets, since it works for several situations. It distinguishes itself due to it’s versatility and basic premise to do what a corset was always supposed to do. It should fit most body types without any problems, but is more suitable for special occasions. This type of corset, even though suited for most activities, can be a little uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. We can fit it’s variants into three main categories: Lace, overbust, and normal.
The normal type is better suited to be used underneath your clothes, as nothing but a shapewear to make you more feminine. It’s more simple in design, but still effective. You can click this picture:
The decorated corsets, on the other hand, can be used as part of your lingerie, or as a complement to other outfits. They are rich in detail, and supposed to be seen. They make you look extra sexy, and can be purchased here:
Overbust corsets have it’s own unique advantages. Generally worn as an outer garment, they redirect your mass to the chest, making it look even larger than your waist. As it was designed for women with boobs, it’s recommended to use them in addition to breast forms. Click the picture and you will find both these products here:
This type of corset is pretty much the same as the previous one in its nature. But we can distinguish it from the others due to its main feature. It continues all the way down to your hips, accentuating them in contrast with your hips. This way, I like to recommend this variant to people with more pronounced tights and buttocks. An example of this kind of corset can be found here:
● Belt corset
A belt corset is a smaller version of the hourglass corset that only covers your waistline. It has less compression, but allows for more movement freedom. Belt corsets are generally worn as outer garments, and you can find them on the following picture:
● Waist cincher
It has the same advantages as the corset belt, and works the same. However, it’s designed as an undergarment, to be used underneath your clothes. Instead of a tight lace, it makes use of straps that resemble bras. As such, it provides more comfort to the wearer, an you can buy one here:
5. Tips for wearing corsets
Now that you know which comfort is better suited for your situation, I’d like to give you some extra tips on how to wear it.
Use a mirror to help you. It is quite useful when we talk about corsets. That’s because most corsets have the lacings on their backs. If you can’t reach there easily to tie it up, a mirror should allow you to see what’s going on.
Season your corset. To avoid a very intensive impact, tighten it gradually. Wear it without pulling the laces all the way, for about a week, an hour each day. It helps the corset to better match your shape, so you can wear it free of gaps. After this period of “seasoning”, you can lace it as tight as you wish.
Drink a lot of water. The compression kind of tires your body, and heats it up. As a result, you’ll notice that you’re sweating more than usual. This loss of water can make you sick, or even exhausted, so remember to keep yourself hydrated while wearing a corset.
Make sure it matches your outfit. The last thing you want is a corset that makes itself too obvious. If you’re wearing your corset as an undergarment, make sure it’s the same color as your outfit. If it’s an undergarment, use it beneath silicone or a fabric that’s thick enough to hide it.
As we can see, corsets have been used for centuries to highlight women’s curves. As crossdressers, we can make use of this kind of tool to make ourselves more feminine. However, each kind of corset is better suited for a certain body type or activity. Through this article, I hope you were able to understand how corsets work. And this way, find out which variants will satisfy your crossdressing needs. Feel free to leave your comments and share your experience with corsets below!