Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of questions we normally hear from our customers. If you have other questions of your own, or find that the explanation here is not to your understanding, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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How to choose the right corset size?
Please refer to “Size Guide”.
Can I exchange size or colour if I purchased the wrong one?
Sorry, we do not provide exchange (or refund) for wrong size or colour purchased. Please read the size chart carefully before placing your order. Do note that all corsets have different measurements even though they may be of the same sizing.
Under what condition will I be able to exchange (or refund) the item(s) I purchased?
Although we have a No Exchange No Refund Policy, we do make exceptions if there is a manufacturing defect. Please refer to “Terms and Conditions” for more information.
How long will my items take to arrive? How much does shipping cost?
Shipping fee will vary depending on which region you live in. We currently offer FREE LOCAL SHIPPING for orders above SGD 20, within Singapore, and FREE INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING for all orders of SGD $100 and above.
My First Corset
Is there any bulk puchase discount?
How do I wash my corsets?
“Hand Wash, Drip Dry”, that’s what we always tell our customers. Please do not use washing or drying machine as they are very likely to damage the corsets’ structure and material.
Use mild, non-biodegradable detergent/hand soap and warm water to wash your corsets. Gently rub them to remove dirt and stains. Rinse thoroughly in cold water to remove all detergents, but Do Not wring them! Use a towel to remove as much moisture you can. Hang them to dry them out. Keep away from heat source to avoid bending the bones.
If you did not sweat a lot, just use a wet cloth to wipe the inner layer. Place the corset inner layer up to air it dry.
Is wearing a corset excruciating?
It depends on how long you have been wearing corsets, and how tight you tie them. A good corset for you should be off the right size, adjustable, and comfortable for normal daily activities. You should be able to breathe normally, and even dance in your corset.
If you have never worn a corset before, please start off slow. DO NOT squeeze yourself into a corset too small for you, or lace beyond your comfort level.
Tighten the corset so it takes 2-3 inches off your normal waistline, and wear it for 3-4 hours on the first day. It should be very comfortable and not interfere with your daily routine. Gradually increase the duration of wear for about an hour each day, and slowly increase the tightness of the corset at a comfortable pace.
When done correctly, corsets can be worn at all times of the day, excluding during heavy exercise, sleeping, and showering. Depending on your body condition, some people can be tight-laced down 6 inches off their normal waist-line.
Can I eat when I wear a corset?
Yes, you definitely can. A corset may shrink the stomach capacity, but not to the point where you feel sick when eating. You should be able to eat proper meals without throwing up. Be sure not to overeat or force yourself to swallow when you already feel full. Eat slowly and listen to your body.
When worn properly, a corset reduces the space of the stomach, and controls the amount you eat. This is called the Corset Diet.
If you want to eat a large meal while wearing a corset, be sure to loosen the corset BEFORE you start eating, and not during. This prevents your stomach from sudden changes in pressure due to the food.
Can I sit while wearing a corset?
Wearing a corset improves your posture and straightens out your spine. You should be able to sit very comfortably, with a straight back. Slouching and force-bending your corset will only lead to discomfort and injury if done to extremes. Let your body mould to the corset and improve your back health.
How do I put on my corset?
Please refer to "How to Wear a Corset".
Can I sleep in a corset?
We have customers who claim they can sleep in their corset without any discomfort. However, we DO NOT RECOMMEND you to do so. Serious waist-trainers have been known to wear their corset for 23 hours every day, removing only to shower. These people have been wearing corsets for years, and likely own mostly customised corsets, created for their individual bodies.
If you do happen to fall asleep in your corset accidentally, do not worry. I am still alive and typing this. I personally have taken naps in my corsets, due to fatigue or drunkenness. Be sure to loosen up or undo the lacing before you lie down, if you are really unable to remove your corset.
Can I exercise while wearing a corset?
We generally DO NOT recommend exercising in a corset as you might risk injuring yourself. Hard corsets are not flexible, so if you forcibly bend your waist in a corset, you might bruise yourself or pull a muscle. This will also result in tearing of said corset.
Latex waist trainer or Faja, on the other hand, is a great alternative for corset during your exercise routine. They are made of stretchable material which allows you to bend your waist while it continuously compresses your tummy. As latex waist trainers also have boning, you will need to exert more energy while doing core or back muscle training; thus, increasing your workout intensity.
Once you are done showering after your workout, you should switch to hard corsets to further cinch in your waist. As your muscle is still warmed up from your workout, it is much easier to mould your muscles to form a more distinct waistline.
Do I need to wear a bra when wearing a corset?
An overbust corset should support and lift the bust, so a bra is not necessary. However if you want added volume, you can wear a half-cup push-up bra, and stuff bra pads. You can also pad the bust area of your corsets with silicon filets after ‘scooping’ your flesh to sit nicely in the corset.
An underbust or vest-type corset does not cover the chest. Unless you are comfortable with nipple stickers, a bra is recommended for supporting the boobs
Can my corset be seen under my clothes?
Simply put, if your bra is visible under your clothes, your corset will be visible too.
I have a performance coming up. Can I wear a corset?
Yes. Famous celebrities often use corsets as part of their concert outfits. Theatre troupes regularly use corsets for their stage-plays. Pole-dancers use corsets during their dance routines too.
If they can sing, dance, and flip around in their corsets, so can you. With sufficient practice, and proper training, of course. DO NOT push your body beyond your comfort limits. Do not force-bend your corsets. Most performers have worked with corsets professionally and know their physical limits in a corset.
Other Commonly Asked Questions
I have back problems, can I wear a corset? What kind of corset is good for me?
Backache is a common health problem for most people who work long hours on desk jobs. You might find yourself fidgeting around the longer you work trying to relief your back pain, causing you to be unable to focus completely on your work.
Corsets can help to support your mid to lower back muscle, allowing you to maintain good sitting posture without extra effort. It takes time to get use to wearing corset, but the effect is beneficial in the long run.
However, if you have specific medical condition, such as sclerosis, please consult a doctor first. Do note that our corsets are not medical corsets.
What is the difference between a hard corset and soft corset?
Hard corsets have the following features;
bonings (refer to Question 18 for more information)
lace up back with ribbons or shoelaces
solid, non-stretch fabric
Hard corsets are meant for tightening; cinching in your waist, supporting your torso, and for overbust, giving your sufficient push-up for your bust.
Soft corsets have bonings just like hard corsets do, but do not have lace up back, and are made of stretchy materials; thus, they are figure hugging, gives only minimal shaping effects and support.
What is the difference between a soft corset and a girdle?
A girdle does not have bones, is made of spandex, and may or may not have an opening, i.e. you slip it on like wearing pants or skirts.
Girdles do not support the wearer’s body. It only smoothens out your figure, but does not shape your body.The material is made to stretch and compress the body, which may not be beneficial for long-term wear. It can result in blood circulation disruptions in areas like the thighs.
Soft corsets, though also made of stretchy material, have bonings which can provide relatively more support and shaping effect than girdle. For most of our soft corset, the material is made of a mix of cotton and spandex, making it sturdier with even better shaping effect.
What is the difference between soft bones and steel bones?
There are a few types of soft bones and steel bones. Essentially, one is from plastic, the other is a metal.
Soft bones are made from a mix of rubber and plastic. Plastic boning may not give good support for tight-lacing, and tend to bend at awkward angles when over-pressured.
In general, steel bones give a more structured shape and better support. Steel is also much heavier, especially flat steel.
Flat steel may cause wearers discomfort due to the stiffness. This type of boning is used in customised corsets meant for body modification, and in medical corsets.
Spiral steel bones are more flexible, and give a smoother body contour.
Although the corset wearers may argue that the bones make a corset, they are only a factor. A good corset depends on the overall quality and desired use. For everyday use or waist-training for beginners, soft bones and spiral steel bones are sufficient. However, for serious body modifications like achieving the world’s smallest waist, or Jessica Rabbit’s figure, customised spiral and flat steel is recommended.
What is the corset diet?
The Corset Diet essentially makes use of a corset to reduce the stomach capacity by lacing the wearer down by 2-4 inches. When the lower torso is compressed, the stomach has less space to expand when eating. This makes the wearer feel full faster, and consume less, thus cutting calories.
When doing the Corset Diet, be sure to listen to your body and not overeat. If you would like to eat a large meal while wearing a corset, loosen the laces before eating. If you loosen your corset after eating, it can result in your stomach expanding too fast due to the pressure from food, and may cause discomfort.
What is double-corseting?
Double corseting is wearing 2 corsets at the same time. Some people believe this gives them added support. However, using one good corset that gives you all the support you need, is better than wearing two corsets which do not give you the desired effects.
An example of double corseting is when wearing wedding or evening gowns. The gowns are normally fitted with bones to create a soft corset, but do not give the wearer the desired figure they want. So under their gowns, brides and models tend to wear a hard corset to pull in the waist and lift the bust, giving the gown an image of elegance and desirability.
What is waist-training and tight-lacing?
Waist-training is using a corset to permanently alter the body shape of the wearer. It takes months to years of wearing a corset diligently every day, gradually reducing the waist line, so the torso muscles develop around a tiny waist.
Tight-lacing is using a corset to achieve an otherwise impossibly small waist for a short period of time. Tight-lacing is often associated with fetish plays.
It is possible to wear a corset without having to do waist-training or tight-lacing. You can wear a corset lightly fitted to your body, or lace it as tight as you are comfortable with. Wearing corsets can be part of a personal style of fashion statement, or occasional use.
Do I need a customised corset?
If you have been waist-training for a while and find that you need a specific shape or measurements unavailable in stores, you need to customise a corset for yourself. Otherwise, most standard corsets should be fine.
Other things to take note of;
Just like a bra, you cannot wear the same corset everyday. For both hygiene purposes and maintenance purposes.
You need to let your corset rest after each wear, to maintain durability. The concept of "wear & tear".
For daily wear, make sure you have at least 3-5 corsets to alternate between.