I will mention that I KNOW tightlacing/waist training aren't the same thing and the terms aren't meant to be used interchangeably, but my journey started with the intention of just wearing my corset and lacing-in for periods of time (tightlacing) and not semi-permanent waist reduction (waist training), also explained on Orchard Corset's blog here. Now I'm definitely waist training but I have no desire to rename all the past posts I've written about corseting. haha
I'd heard of the brand, and even mentioned them in my prior post about choosing a corset (here), but I ended up having a wonderful introduction to Orchard Corset. Some Instagram followers + I were discussing corset fit and how many different important measurements there are when choosing the right one. I was in the market for a new corset and the ladies of Orchard Corset offered to help. I sent along my measurements in an email, relevant measurements include:
- Torso length (commonly overlooked, particularly important)
With my shorter torso, they recommended the CS-411, CS-345, CS-411(mesh) and since that time, they've also released the CS-426 (short). I'm still INCREDIBLY eager to try the others, but I chose the CS-411. For those of you who are reading this thinking "my torso is average length", you basically have your pick of any corset on their site, short or otherwise.
My new ivory satin CS-411 arrived and it was absolutely beautiful, even the packaging was adorable and I like how they included instructions about breaking in, storing, cleaning, etc. for ladies who open their new package and thank "oh god, what now?" I wish my first corset had come with them. They also have a wealth of knowledge on their Corset 101 Page, which I can't recommend more.
Orchard Corset was sweet enough to surprise me with ivory satin laces to change out from the original nylon laces. I'd never tried ribbon laces before and I love them, they're such a fun change and they make the corset feel ever cuter. For $7, I see many more colors in my future. I will mention that this particular corset doesn't have garter tabs, which I sorely miss, so it stays in the drawer on days when I'll be wearing stockings.
My natural waist is around 25.5 inches, this corset is a 22 inch and my corseted waist, depending on the day fluctuates in the 24's and even sometimes in the 23's. Your corset, if you're waist training, should probably look something like this in the back. It's not going to be "closed", my corseted waist isn't 22 inches, so there's about a 1.5 to 2 inch gap.
Also, usually, you want to try to do your best to keep the sides parallel to one another when you're laced-in, as opposed to an "A" shape, caused by it being tighter at the top, a "V" shape, caused by it being tighter at the bottom or a "( )" shape, caused by it being tight at the top and bottom and looser in the middle.
I'm definitely more of a visual person. The GIF is a sample of how I lace-in every morning, don't worry, the video is slowed down a bit. When I was learning, I got really frustrated trying to listen to people explain how to lace into a corset. So here, you can watch and read to know what I'm doing. Here's what's going on in the video:
- Loosen your laces, put your corset on, fastening your enclosures in the front
- Straighten your modesty panel (the little panel under the laces in the back)
- Take the top part of your laces, the ones coming through the first set of grommets in the middle, and pull them upward, diagonally
- Take the laces on the bottom, the set coming through the second set of grommets in the middle, pull then downward, diagonally
- You'll inevitably need to re-adjust your modesty panel again at this point, you'll be doing this a lot, especially at the top and bottom, it tends to shift most there
- Starting at the top, grab each set of X's, where your laces cross one another, and pull out the slack, once you get to the middle where you tie your corset, give your laces another upward tug. Start at the bottom, do the same thing.
- Rinse + Repeat
- How do you hide those laces?
// Also, everything in Orchard Corset's store is 15% off with promo code "BIGSALE15" until tomorrow, for anyone considering buying themselves something.