When it comes to how to put on a corset with hooks by yourself, it might look pretty simple. As long as the back is laced, you just open the busks, wrap the garment around yourself, and pop the pins in the loops in front. Easy peasy! Right?
If you’ve ever tried this, you know it’s about as easy as opening a stuck lid on a jam jar. The amount of pressure produced by a tightened corset makes it all but impossible to hook or unhook on your own. However, it’s not a completely futile task. While a rubber jar opener won’t help you much here, you can learn how to put on a corset with hooks by yourself. Here are a few tips and tricks to get the job done.
How do you attach a hook and eye corset?
Place each hook into its opposite eye, working either from top to bottom or bottom to top. Loosen the laces. Most corsets come partially laced. It’s easier not to undo the laces completely, but loosen them so you can slip the corset over your head or step into it and bring it up from your feet.
Close the Busk Pull the corset around your body. Begin closing the busk (front closure) by hooking the second from the bottom button. Grasp the corset top. Gently bend the right side of the corset away from your body.
How do you use a corset hook?
Start at the bottom hook. Fasten the bottom hook and eye. Once you’ve fastened the first bottom hook, move onto the second one and reposition your waist trainer as necessary. Pull in your tummy as you go.
How do you wear a corset for the first time?
It’s very important to season your corset or break it in before you start wearing it. Put it on gently at first, without pulling the laces completely tight. Wear it for an hour or so each day, or for 2–3 days so that it moulds to your figure. Then you can go ahead and lace it tightly.
Do you lace a corset from the top or bottom?
You can lace from either the top or bottom of the corset. Try both and use the direction that is most comfortable for you. Some people will find they settle into the most comfortable fit lacing from the top, and other people will be most comfortable lacing from the bottom. For some people, it won’t make a difference.
What can a corset do to your body?
Wearing a corset for a very extended period of time can result in muscle atrophy and lower-back pain. The pectoral muscles also become weak after extensive tightlacing. These weakened muscles cause greater reliance on the corset.
Where should a corset sit?
Your corset should sit just below your hip bones. To ensure this, it’s worth taking your torso measurement, from the centre of your hip bones up to your underbust.
Do corsets have eye closures and hook hooks?
Hook and eye closures are usually found on bras and bustiers, not corsets. You will pretty much never see this in a genuine, off the rack corset (or a couture one, for that matter).
How do you put a corset on your body?
Stand in front of a mirror to put the corset on without help. Put on an underlayer to protect your corset. Make sure you have the corset in the correct orientation. Wrap the corset around yourself. Adjust the modesty panel if it’s not flat across your back. Close the busk.
Where do you put a swing hook on a corset?
If you plan to use swing hooks in your own corset, it’s best to put a swing hook at the waistline where there is the most tension. If you don’t, the fabric in the centre front will gape, and even the bones in the centre front might bend a bit if they’re not high quality.
How do you tighten the laces on a corset?
Tighten the laces so that the corset can be secure. Get the laces just tight enough that the corset will stay on without needing to be held up. You should only need to pull the sides together and give a gentle tug on the long ends of the lacing.