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Very early in the history of this site, we offered a monthly "Tip" for corset wearers.  After a time this was discontinued
in favor of other methods of imparting such information.  Here is the archive, which is still useful.

Belts, training
Brassieres, underwire (and corsets)
Brassiere tops on corsets
Bust, tightness
Cleaning your corset
Donning, wiggling in
Heels, high
Hooks (old fashioned corset), and pullers
Hot Spots
Itching discomfort
Lacings, evenness
Lacings, finishing off when donning
Lacings, loosening before removing corset
Lacings, material (composition of)
Lacings, gap in rear
Lacing protector,  and its use
Lamb's wool, cushioning
Measuring, using pantyhose
Night corsets
Male corsets, pelvic area
Male corsets, rapidity of training
Overbust vs. Underbust
Panty Girdles, smoothing corset lines
Parts, corset
Powder under your corset
Rubber, special considerations
Stockings as anchors
Storing your corset
Under your corset
Waist tapes
Washing your corset
Wedding day corseting


Wearing stays can be tough on the skin, with moisture being trapped and the attendant irritation.
Aside from using powder, the best way the prevent these problems is to wear an elastic tube (lingerie might tear too easily).
BUT REMEMBER: A FITTED corset is essential for waist training comfort.


Most corsets purchased these days come with cotton lacings.
When they finally break (or before), it is highly recommended that you replace them with
NYLON lacings, which can be purchased at any orthopedic supply shop (but usually only in white, black or pink).
Firstly, nylon is much stronger than cotton, and therefore lasts longer (re-lacing a corset correctly is time-consuming).
Secondly, nylon laces are much thinner and therefore hold closer to the body (or corset).
This adds to a neat and attractive appearance, especially under gowns.
However, since nylon is more abrasive than cotton, it is important to use your lacing protector while wearing your corset.
This are usually supplied with any quality garment.


There are times when, despite the fact that you have taken great pains to have your corset
perfectly fitted, that a ridge shows under your clothing at the bottom of your stays.


The answer is to wear a light panty girdle over your corset.
This provides a transition area and smoothes out your look!


A corset must be given the time to breathe and "regain its composure."
Always alternate between two corsets every other day and...
NEVER roll your unused corset when not wearing it.
Let it hang over a chair during its "rest" period.
You will find it ready to serve you with a "new" feeling.
And, of course, NEVER let anyone else even "try on" your lovely stays.
They will be ruined!


Unless you are wearing your corset for decorative purposes only, a built-in bra-top is not a good idea.
Not only is proper support compromised, your bust will move opposite the rest of your body at times!
For tightlacing, a bra-top corset is a no-no!


Night corsets, if worn, should be about two inches larger than the day corset.
Usually, the best way the handle this is to wear an older corset to bed, instead of your presently used one.
This allows the waist to remain in place while getting a good night’s sleep.

When pursuing a waist reduction regimen (see Mr. Lierse's article entitled "Embracing a Labour of Love"), use your last progression corset fully laced closed.

Why waist (ptp) a perfectly good garment?

APRIL 1997

For those women who have enjoyed the use of underwire bras in the past, and wish to indulge in corsetry now:

We suggest an under-the-bust Victorian type.

However, since an underwire bra might abrade the skin, it would be best to change to a non-wire model.

You will find that the top of the corset will take the place of the underwire and provide the same degree of comfort and support.

MAY 1997

Serious tightlace training requires that your waist be compressed twenty-three hours a day.
So, during exercise periods and sleep periods (if not corseted), you must wear

something that will keep your organs properly in place, or all your endeavors will be to no avail.

One option is the wearing of a leather training belt during these periods, a belt which is made with the tightlacer in mind.

LISA sells such quality-constructed belts.   Refer to article here

JUNE 1997

The effect of a tightly laced corset is enhanced by the wearing of high-heeled shoes, even while training.

These tend to thrust the body forward, providing a visually pleasing balance to the your picture of loveliness.
See here

JULY 1997

A good corsetière will allow for a give of about one inch in the corset before it "settles down".

The end result of lacing should be EVEN laces all the way up and down.

Not only does this produce more comfort, but prolongs the life of the stays.

If you feel more comfortable with the laces looser at the top and/or bottom than in the center, then
you are  NOT wearing a properly fitted garment and the corsetière should be taken to task!


Garments that cover the bust, even slightly, should not too tight at that point.

The best solution is to have a laced adjustment at that point.

Of course, the length covering the bust is important as well.

A half an inch can make all the difference between agony and comfort.


The most important aspect of a corset is fit.

An off-the-rack garment is useless when it comes to long-term tightlacing.

You will soon find abrasions here and chafing there and bones poking at your flesh everywhere!

If you cannot consult with a corsetière personally, then use the very detailed measurement guides supplied by all reputable corset manufacturers.

Study your figure carefully and make sure the number of measurements are ample-length measurements are as important as circumferential measurements.


Every quality garment is constructed with a horizontal "waist-tape," positioned about the narrowest point for the entire circumference.

This adds strength to the garment, improving durability. But if it is placed on the inside (against the skin), it may cause abrasion and discomfort, most notably when tightlacing.

Always be sure that the corset you purchase has its waist-tape built into the INNER portion of the garment, i.e. between one or two layers of material. VERY IMPORTANT!


Men should pay special attention to their physiology when buying a corset.
Because they possess less fat over their pelvis, the possibility of bone abrasion is increased dramatically.
Try to have the corsetière design the garment in such a way as to minimize pelvic contact.
See article "Wither the Man" here


If you are a soon-to-be bride, consider wearing a corset under your gown!
Most men are fascinated by corsets. Imagine his surprise when he "unwraps" you on your wedding night.
The important thing to remember is that your gown fittings require the final underpinnings.
Since you must have your corset for these fittings, a good three-month lead time must be accommodated in addition to the fitting process period!

Read Romanticorsetry


After you have your corset partially tightened about your waist, stretch your arms into the air and wriggle your whole body.

This settles the garment snuggly around your waist and expedites the final tightening process!


Never use talc powder on your body before donning your corset; always use cornstarch powder.
Certain reports show that powders containing talc may be carcinogenic.

MARCH 1998

Gartered (suspendered) stockings, attached to your corset, anchor it in such a manner as to prevent it from riding up, rubbing against the body in the process.
This is particularly true of straight-fronted corsets.

Such rubbing can be irritating or damage underclothing.

APRIL 1998

Men who wear corsets should bear in mind that it is even MORE important that they tightlace GRADUALLY.

Remember: Women's bodies, because they are designed for childbearing, acclimate themselves to the movement and repositioning of organs far more readily than men's.

No one should attempt to do too much in a short period of time.

MAY 1998

In terms of bust appearance, "over-the-bust" hourglass (Standard Victorian) models do not lend themselves to the modern fashion look,
as they tend to hide, rather than emphasize the bosom and produce a dated silhouette.

"Under-the-bust" models, worn with a modern brassiere, are preferable for those who wish
 to wear a corset in the normal course of business and not draw undue attention to themselves.

JUNE 1998

Historically, old fashioned button hooks (corset hooks) were used to ease the process of lacing by allowing the lacer to handily grip under tight lacings.
These can be difficult to pull with the fingers, which are too thick.
Corset hooks are almost impossible to find in this day and age.
The solution is to visit a shop which sells ice and roller skates.
Ask for a "skate key" (This is not the old skate key from the 50's, but a hook of sorts).
It will do the trick nicely and make your life easier!


[Something new from Amazon for $4: Folding lace lightener]


You can avoid the squeaking noise and the stickiness of a rubber corset, especially where the rubber parts touch:

Wear a bodice under your corset to cover the skin. It should be not too flimsy, and should have a very smooth and silky surface. Try out a heavy cotton gym-bodice (to absorb the sweat and to give extra cushion between your bones and the corset), and a silky swim-bodice (or maillot) on top of it (to get a sexy and gliding feeling in your corset).

The corset can be more tightly laced and still feel more comfortable.

The downside is that you will get hotter than without the undergarment, but you also might even make a more interesting appearance to your friend or partner.

September 1998

Itching can be a problem for some corset wearers, especially after a long bout of tightlacing. Wash with lukewarm water after you take your corset off and then, again, before you don it.  Use non-allergenic powder and wear a slightly thicker layer between your skin and the corset-some people are allergic to the nickel used for alloying the stay-steels

October 1998

There is always been a controversy about whether or not to ever wear a corset with the lacings completely closed. Some wearers feel that a small gap is necessary to give the stays some flexibility, acting as a "spring." Indeed, a stronger argument is that an open gap protects the spinal cord from abrasion.  Others find that, aesthetically, there is nothing more pleasing than a closed corset. The argument further states that a closed corset is stronger.

You choose!

November 1998

Never open your front busk whilst tightly laced, nor fail to loosen the laces completely before taking off your corset. You risk breaking or bending the busk.

December 1998

"Hot spots" can plague even the most experienced corsettee, wearing the most finely fitted stays From your drug store, obtain a product called "Tegaderm;" Amazon also offers it. This surgical dressing, while expensive (about $2 apiece), can be worn for days and, placed over the offending area, providing relief.
Another solution is to use lamb's wool or moleskin as a buffer.

January-February 1999

Many find the creaking of corsets to be a rather pleasing sound. But for those who don't, it can be minimized by silicon spray (on leather corsets), and by rotating your daily corset-wear (never wear the same corset two days in a row). Also, make sure your corsets are made with long enough stay-steels, or they might move and cause creaking. Another cause is completely-closed lacings. While aesthetically pleasing, they do tend to rub together and make noise at times.

May, 2000

When tying off the lacings after you have achieved the desire reduction, tie the pull loops in a half knot. Do this by passing the lace around twice. 
This creates a more even pressure, and prevents the laces slipping loose.  Then finish the bow and tuck in the laces.

June, 2000

Lacing protectors, complimentary with any quality corset, protect your undergarments and skin from the lacings, and provide a more complete appearance when the corset is not fully closed. When donning your corset alone, put the protector on from the front, before you begin tightening the laces, and the slip it to the back. This will prevent the protector from slipping over one of the lacings and getting entangled. Also, be alert to possible pinching of the sides of the protector as you tighten the corset.

January, 2001

If you have excess fat, you may find it difficult to maintain a waist reference point with string while measuring for your
new corset (because it keeps slipping).  Put on a pair of pantyhose or panties and use the waistband as a reference point. 

February, 2001

For abrasions and hotspots, use lamb’s wool as a buffer. Of course, the cause must then be corrected.
















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