This is where the practice of “stealthing” comes in — the art of hiding a corset under your clothes as undergarments. See our collection of our customers favorite corsets for stealthing.
We work with many women and men who are pros at stealthing. Watch this video for tips and tricks we’ve picked up over the years to stealth a corset without making it obvious. Or read on for our expert stealthing tips.
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1. Make Sure it Fits
First things first. In order to hide a corset under your clothing you’ll need a corset that fits you properly. Poor fitting corsets are much harder to hide! If you’re not sure how to choose the best fitting corset for your figure, please reach out to our expert sizing team!
2. Choose a mesh or satin corset
Mesh corsets and satin corsets are made with light weight and relatively smooth materials, making them less bulky than standard cotton or leather corsets and therefore easier to hide under your clothes.
3. Use a Well “Seasoned” Corset
Now that you have a corset that fits you well… make sure it is fully seasoned before stealthing. New corsets are rigid and not as easily stealthed as one that has been fully broken in. Not sure how to season your corset? Follow these instructions.
4. Use Satin Laces
How to Hide Your Laces
Swap out the round nylon laces that come standard with most corsets with flat satin laces. The nylon laces that come with your corset can be hidden under clothing, but we have found that satin laces hide even more discreetly!
Satin laces are flat rather than round and are much less bulky (while still being just as strong!)
- Cheri & Julie discuss how to hide your corset laces in this Q&A video.
- Our friend, Rachel Ann Jensen, shows you how to hide laces as well!
- What to look for in a stealthing corset, this helpul video by Lucy’s Corsetry (spoiler alert!) features our classic CS-411 underbust!
5. Pick the Right Clothes
How can you pair your corset with your current wardrobe? It’s actually easier than you might expect. If you’re a jeans and t-shirt kind of person, then you’d likely be most comfortable wearing your corset like you see in this Wear it Wednesday blog with Brittney. She is pairing her longline corset with high waisted jeans for an ultra cinched look. This look really highlights the corseted waist. And, as always we recommend you wear something between your body and your corset. For your comfort, we recommend that you wear a layer between you and your body. Take a look at our corset liners!
Use a Belt
Wear Thicker Fabrics
Patterned Tops Hide Corset Lines
If that’s too bold for you (we get it, not everyone wants to have dramatic proportions!) then pair your jeans with a looser fit top or throw a cardigan over the top half! You’re still cinched and supported, but it’s just your secret.
In general, clothing with textured fabrics can help hide the outlines of your corset. Clothing cut with an hourglass shape (wrap dresses, belted shirts, etc) will make your hourglass shape look more natural. And steer clear of sheer and clingy fabrics! These will show the outline of your underlying corset.
Corset Stealthing Style Lookbook
Alex Miller has a wonderful corset stealthing lookbook (on YouTube). We absolutely adore these looks and like to share it with customers when they are stumped on what to wear! While many of these are summer appropriate the looks themselves could be modified with cardigans, full length jeans instead of shorts and other quick changes.
Lucy’s Corsetry has the most fabulous playlist called Dressing with Corsets. In this playlist she has a little bit of everything, including specific outfit styles, tricks to create the illusion of an even smaller waist, and tips on hiding your laces. Our standard length CS-411 corset even made the cut for The Best Stealthing Corsets!
Corset Under Clothes
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Unfortunately, there is no corset in existence, past or present, that looks and feels completely like skin and flesh – however there are a few features to look for that can get you as close as possible. Keep in mind that all corsets are rigid though – at present, all corsets must contain strong fabric, bones for maintaining vertical tension, and laces in the back to adjust the measurements. But apart from that, the options are almost endless. Let’s look at what you should look for in a great stealthing corset. (Some links below support Lucy’s Corsetry so she can continue providing awesome info for free.)
Go for “nude” or skintone fabrics. Bright fabrics can draw attention under thin or light colored tops. Ivory, loomstate, peach, beige, tan, brown, etc – whatever you can find that is closest to your natural complexion.
(Some shameless self-promotion here) The skintone range by Timeless Trends is available in my shop – it suits 7 different skin tones: creme, vanilla, butterscotch, latte, caramel, cinnamon and chocolate. Most good OTR shops also have at least one “nude” option, which may range from peach to ivory to tan colored. Other examples include Orchard Corset, Isabella Corsetry, and Morgana Femme Couture.
FABRIC CONTENT & WEAVE:
Satin is smooth and slippery and allows your clothing to glide overtop. But if you do go for satin, be sure that it’s fused to a stronger backing or roll-pinned – because unsupported satin has a tendency to wrinkle from stress, and these wrinkles can be noticeable. One example of a nude satin in OTR corsets is from Isabella Corsetry. You have the option of going with a peach, nude, or ballet pink cotton-backed satin (satin coutil) if you order custom from almost any reputable maker, which is the best of both worlds (strong, hardy, smooth and glides well under clothing).
For the purpose of training or daily wear corsets, when purchasing OTR / RTW, I usually recommend cotton twill or similar as an outer fabric – yes, it catches slightly more than slippery satin, but it generally doesn’t conduct static, it’s more durable and abrasion resistant, and it’s more breathable than synthetic polyester and better for the skin. Morgana Femme Couture uses nude cotton coutil, and Timeless Trends’ creme corset is 100% cotton as well.
There are three different types of channels: external, sandwiched, and internal. I’d recommend either sandwiched or internal, as they create the smoothest finish on the outside of the corset.
Internal boning channels have the potential to be the most smooth on the outside but they are the least comfortable in my opinion (one rare exception is my Mimosa corset by Versatile, which has sandwiched bones on the inside and a floating fashion layer).
External channels are sewn to the outside of the corset, often in contrasting colors which is quite pretty – and truthfully, they have the potential to be the most comfortable with training corsets too, because you don’t have to deal with any bumps or pressure points with bones against your body – but external channels are not good for stealthing.
Sandwiched boning channels is what you see in many American OTR corsets like Orchard Corset (the double-boned styles only, like the 411 or 426) or Timeless Trends – they are a good compromise between smoothness, comfort and fashion, and they’re also often seen in training corsets.
TOP AND BOTTOM EDGE:
Something that’s cut straight across is best, but gently rounded on top and bottom are pretty good too. Avoid points because they can bow and poke out under clothing, or they could dig into your sternum or pubic bone.
One example of a corset that’s cut fairly straight across the top and bottom edge is the CS-411 from Orchard Corset, the Classic Cincher from Isabella Corsetry, and the Mae and Gina corsets by What Katie Did (these can also be special ordered in a peach, ivory, cream, etc).
Good OTR training corsets are typically going to have a busk in front so you can quickly and easily get into and out of it, but it does cause a line of bumps down the front, especially if you’re wearing a fitted shirt.
Some training corsets come with the option of a closed front. You have to open the back laces a lot and slip the corset over your head (or slip it up from your feet, depending on whether your hips or your shoulders are larger) – so getting into and out of the corset isn’t going to be very quick. Busks are much quicker but more noticeable under clothing. One example of a closed front corset is the Meschantes trainer that I had reviewed a few years back.
If you are able to go custom with a maker that offers a good quality zipper in the front, but you will typically have to go custom for that.