Under Corset Tops & Liners
The most important garment you’ll wear as a waist trainer, besides your corset of course, is the corset liner. These under corset garments act as a barrier between your skin and the corset, protecting both. Our skin isn’t designed to be covered constantly; we sweat and shed skin cells. Natural oils along with perspiration and dead skin cells will shorten the life of your corset without a liner or under corset vest top of some sort. A corset liner also provides an extra layer of soft fabric to protect your skin from rubbing against bone casing and the general lumps and bumps of the seams and bones on the inside of your corset. So lets check out the benefits as well as the types of under corset tops below. Also for more information on corset care, check out the main Corset Training: Waist Corset Carepage.
Always Wear Something Under Corsets You Corset Train In
Firstly you should make sure you’re wearing some sort of top under your corset if you’re wearing it every day. Nothing degrades fabric like salty sweat warmed by body heat for hours on end. So if you’re training in it, don’t wear it against your skin unless you have good reason, i.e. you’ve bought a mesh corset to keep cool in a hot climate or there’s a special occasion on which your wardrobe requires it. In the later case don’t make a habit of it. Other things you can do to combat the effects of body sweat on your corsets life span are to air your corset regularly the way you would damp washing and to ideally have two that you can swap between each day, allowing your corsets time between wears to air out completely.
Different Types of Liners, Corset Tops & Under Corset Vests
An under corset liner is essentially just a tight, stretchy tube of cotton. A cotton vest or tight t-shirt work just as well as a proper corset liner for keeping a barrier between your corset and body. Specially made corset liners do have a few advantages however. They’re normally made with just the one or two seams to keep the surface against your skin as smooth as possible. They’re also very stretchy and tight to the body so they don’t wrinkle up as you tighten your corset. Corset liners are also completely hidden by the corset unlike t-shirts or wearing vest tops under your corset. I would suggest having a few of each if you plan to corset train on a daily basis. Have a shop around for skin-colored, black and white corset tops and vests that are made of a mostly cotton fabric with a lot of stretch. Don’t go for ribbed fabrics, they’ll leave marks in your skin which can itch – smooth soft fabric will be most comfortable. You also want to buy them about 2 sizes too small so they’re very tight on you. This allows for corset compression without the fabric rucking up and getting uncomfortable.
Another under corset garment, the longline bra is a great addition to your wardrobe if you wear overbust corsets. Or indeed underbust corsets as they help avoid the pinching that can happen when you have exposed flesh between the bottom of your bra and the top of your corset. Corset bras or longline bras are just normal bras with an extra wide band that stretches down the body. They can have light boning in them around the band to keep them flat and help hold them up but I find this can rub when you already have boning in your corset. They’re also great for keeping your corset liner in place. I would highly recommend corset liner, corset bra over the liner, then corset on top. Or corset bra, under corset top of choice, corset. Practical and comfortable for everyday corset wearing.