How to Store A Corset
With the evolution of clothing, corsets are a bit more complicated than regular underwear. If you bunch up your panties and throw them on the floor, you can reshape them with just one wash. But your corsets are not, they require better care to wear them when needed.
If you don't want to wear your corset on 24/7, or if you have more than one corset, you may need to find a place to store your corsets when you're not wearing it. Please note that it's best to lay it flat or drape over a chair with the lining facing up for a few hours (or overnight) to expel the air before you store your corset, otherwise it will develop an unpleasant smell afterwards.
Usually, many women make a lot of mistakes when storing corsets and end up damaging them. Don't just roll, crumple, or stuff your corset into a random little space, or just throw it on the floor. While your corset may not be "fragile," it's still a special and expensive piece of clothing. If you're not going to accidentally stuff your nice suit or your ball gown into a drawer, why would you treat your corset that way?
Here are a few different ways on how you should store your corsets so you can protect them from any damage.
- Tie up and lay flat in a drawer
This is probably the easiest and most obvious solution to store a corset. Before placing the corset top in the mothball, tighten the laces on the corset until the gap is completely closed. Tie the excess laces into a bow, you can tuck the bow on top of your corsets, lay your corset flat in a drawer, stack it up if you have more than one corset.
- Bag it
Special corset bags and garment bags are available and are a great way to store any type of corset. Hang the bag in a closet or keep it in a drawer until you decide to wear it corset again.
Imagine that, do you need a bag when you're hanging your most expensive clothes in your closet? So is your corset. Your clothes are only made of fabric, but your corset is made of fabric and steel or glue boned. When you store your corset in your corset bag, you can keep them safe and protected from pests, moisture and heat. Plus, the laces won't get tangled with anything else in your closet that could damage the corset. If you have a lot of corsets, I wouldn't recommend wrapping them all because it's hard to tell them apart if you can't see the fabric when they are all in the bags.
- Hang the corset on the hanger
Open the bra and drape the bodice over a hanger or clothesline so that the laces run through the clothesline. This is probably the most common and preferred storage method if you have space. You can tie or untie your corset this way, but I like to leave them untied because it's easier to put them back on. Just hang your bodice on the bar on the hanger and it will be suspended by the laces. Use sturdy hangers, as the weight of the corsets can cause it to bend or sag.
If the corset has specific loops, you can also hang it on it. You can also use skirt hangers to protect your corset from clips with padding made from rags or wider ribbons such as soft cotton twill. This method works best with corsets that are always about the same height; this will create a boutique-like feel, especially if you're using high-quality, matching hangers. If you don't have a skirt hanger, just hang the corset through the laces on the hanger bar so that each half is balanced on each side. After hanging them, you can cover them with a bag if you want to keep dust out. However, protecting more delicate fabrics is not so simple. Although I haven't tried it, you could put a piece of fabric over the corset in question, like a rag, maybe it might hold a couple of places every time you go looking for an adjacent corset or item to prevent it from slipping off the clothes immediately.
- Proudly display on your wall
I've always thought that a good and smart way to store and display some corsets is to hang them like art. Follow the instructions to hang the tied corsets and choose an attractive hanger to hang it, such as those padded hangers mentioned before. Then, find a frame large enough to hold the corset and hanger. Put a nail or coat hook where you want the top of the hanger to be, lift the frame to place it, and add a second nail above the frame.
But, of course, letting your corsets hang for too long can cause them to get dirty or discolored, so be careful where they sit and check them regularly to see if they need cleaning, it's not a long term storage solution.
- Roll up or fold
This is the most economical option if you want to save space. A closed corset can be folded or rolled up for storage in a drawer or upright in a litter box. Since high-end corsets come with storage pockets for safety, it's a good idea to put each corset back in its pocket to avoid any possible damage from heat, humidity, pests, etc.
While you've learned a few ways to store a corset, there are a few points you should keep in mind when doing that.
* If you have been wearing a corset for a long time, you should make sure to dry the sweat off the corset, otherwise it will create an unpleasant odor. If there are any stains, try to remove them before storing, this may become stiff afterwards.
* If you have washed the corset, or even spot-cleaned the corset, make sure to dry the corset in the sun. Otherwise, moisture will damage the steel boned if you have steel boned corset.
Storing your corset is an important task if you want to wear it for an extended period of time. Just know the simple trick to storing corsets so they can be carried around for long periods of time.
Leave a comment