We’re going to be talking about corsets that are good for stealthing and what sort of features to look for if you want to wear your corset under clothing and have it be as inconspicuous as possible.
This is one of the most common questions people are asking about corsets – how to hide a corset under clothes.
Here are five things you must take into consideration.
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Let’s start with the color of the corset.
If you are always going to be wearing custom corsets underneath your clothing, since there’s a lot of underwear out there that is ‘nude’ or close to it, you can also go with ivory, loomstate, peach, beige, tan. These are neutral, somewhat boring colors.
Anything that is close to your skin tone will hide well underneath clothing. One of my first corsets was bright green but fortunately a lot of my clothing was really tick so that brightness didn’t come out.
Obviously I couldn’t stealth a bright green corset underneath a thin white cotton shirt or anything like that.
You can find the skin tone corsets that suit different types of different complexions. The cool thing about these skin tones is that it’s not only from light to dark but there are various shades that are a little bit more olive and various shades that are a little bit more peachy and pinky undertones.
Fabric Content and Weave
Satin tends to be smooth and slippery and it allows your clothing, like you’re dressing or your shirt, to glide nicely over top of it. It won’t catch the fabric and cause it to ride up in places because it doesn’t have a lot of friction to it.
But if you do go for satin be sure that it’s fused to a stronger backing because satin does have a tendency to wrinkle and the wrinkling can show up underneath a very thin and tight top and it can look strange if your skin doesn’t tend to wrinkle quite that way.
So it can be a little bit noticeable but for the purpose of training, if you’re going to be using this corset every day, I generally recommend that you go for something like a cotton, like a twill or something similar as an outer fabric.
It does catch slightly more than a slippery satin when it comes to wearing it under clothing, but it generally doesn’t conduct static, it’s more hearty, it’s more abrasion resistant, meaning if you put something sharp against it or velcro, it’s not going to scar or pull badly if it does catch. But it generally doesn’t catch when it’s brushed up against something abrasive like that.
Cotton is also a more breathable fabric compared to polyester based satin, so it can be better for the skin as well.
But as always, especially if we’re going to be only buying one or two corsets in your entire life, go with the color and the type of fabric that you love best.
Boning channels are also a big thing to consider if you are going to be wearing your corset under clothing.
Boning channels can be technically in three different ways:
There’s external on the outside of the corset, there’s sandwiched in between the layers of the corset and then there’s internal that’s closest to the body. I’d recommend either sandwiched or internal.
External boning channels are onto the outside of the corset. They are often in contrasting colors, which is a bit very pretty and it’s actually very comfortable as well because the bones are all on the outside of the corset. You don’t have any of that bumpiness on the inside so it makes it very smooth against the body.
But for maximum stealthing purposes, external channels are too bumpy on the outside, especially if you’re wearing something very form-fitting over top.
Internal channels make the outside look the smoothest but they are the least comfortable because you have that bumpiness against your skin.
Sandwich boning channels are a good compromise, they are the middle of the road and they are often seen in many training corsets.
Top and Bottom Edge
The shape of the top and bottom edges of the corset are important as well. Something that’s cut straight across would be the most stealthy under clothing. But gently rounded on the top and bottom can be pretty good as well.
What you probably want to avoid are points at the top and bottom because they can bow, especially if they’re not supported by the busk. They can kind of poke out under clothing, they could dig into your sternum or your pubic bone or you can get that sort of pelvic protuberance.
If you already own a corset that has points on the top and bottom edges, fear not because there are a couple of ways that you can help them lay flat.
For bra wearers out there, if you have a corset that has a point at a center front in the top, you can try and put your bra on over top of the corset. That will also help to prevent the double lift and help prevent your bust from looking a little bit unnaturally high and lifted in a corset.
Also the gore in the center of your bra can help push the point of the corset flat so that it doesn’t bow outwards and stick out into the center of your clothing at your sternum.
At the bottom you can try to find like Spanx or other types of control top shapewear, some sort of shorts that you can pull on over top of the corset and that can help the bottom edge of the corset lay smooth against your belly.
Smooth Center Front
This last feature is very optional because it is difficult to source very affordable, non custom corsets that are very smooth in the center front.
Most good training corsets are going to have a busk in the front so that you can quickly and easily get into and out of the corset. And busk is extremely standard.
Some training corsets do come with the option of a closed center front so it does not have a busk.
One thing that I can definitely say about closed front corsets is that they are definitely more inconvenient to get into and out of. You have to open the laces in the back by a lot and either slip the corset over your head or step into it and pull it up from your feet.
It’s going to take more time and effort to get into and out of your corset and if you are somebody who is prone to panic attacks and you need to get out of your corset quickly, then having a closed front corset is probably not practical.
Busks are much quicker and easier but they are more noticeable under clothing.
If you are able to afford custom made corsets, then one exception could be a zipper in the center front because that is fairly low profile and hides well under clothing. But you have to go custom for that sort of thing.
These are my tips for finding a corset that hides well under clothing.
Here are a bunch of corsets that have some or most of the features that I spoke about in this article. Unfortunately, you can’t really find an off-the-rack corset that has all of these features. A lot of you will probably have to go custom for that.