You should never wear the corset directly on the skin; there should be a cotton vest (or something similar) between the corset and the skin. This has the following advantages:
It is necessary to cream the skin that will be covered by the corset. It'll be best if you do that half an hour before you put on the garment. It's especially important to take care of the skin round the waist, because it is likely to get dry because of the permanent pressure that is exerted to it by the corset.
You should wait until your skin has totally absorbed the cream before putting on the corset. Stand in the bathroom (or another room that can be easily cleaned) and treat your belly, back and sides generously with talcum powder. This is an important measure to protect your skin.
Then put on a cotton vest. It makes sense to put talcum powder on the vest as well, for then the vest is easily movable under the corset.
The corset should be opened wide enough that you can easily put it on and close the front clasp without problems. Next you can move it until it seems comfortable to you (you'll gradually find that out).
After that you should knee in front of a bed or sofa and lie your torso flat on it in a relaxed way, with your arms stretched above the head (that brings the ribcage into a good position).
Now the actual lacing can begin. It is best carried out by someone else. But you can also do it yourself (I do that in at least half of the cases). In this first tour it's especially important that you don't use force. The verb ''to lace'' is actually too strong for this procedure. It is rather meant to tauten the laces slightly. Proceed from the lower corset edge to the waist and from the upper corset edge to the waist. You should not make the waist smaller at this point of time. Hereafter you should adjust the position of the corset once again; that's very important for the comfort while wearing it.
Next you should proceed in small steps and lace the corset only a bit tighter with every lacing tour. As before you should proceed from the lower corset edge to the waist and from the upper corset edge to the waist. Finally it is advisable that you pull the waist area a bit tighter than the rest because the laces usually loosen a bit when they are being knotted together or shortly after that. Then you can knot the laces together. For beginners it is sufficient to smallen the waist by 1cm in one tour. Do adjust the corset (this procedure can also include slight flexing of the torso to the front and sides) after every tour. In case you feel slightly uncomfortable, take a break and rest for a short time. After having reached a certain degree of smallness, i.e. a waist reduction of about 5cm, you should take a longer break before lacing yourself tighter. Wait until you don't feel uncomfortable any more. Some women take a rest of five minutes, others need half an hour or more. During this time you can do whatever you want to, i.e. your normal daily activities. If you feel ready you can continue with lacing as described above. After some lacing tours the corset should be all the way closed. If you don't close it then the laces rub on the skin which can cause red spots; furthermore the corset then doesn't have the necessary stability in the back part and the back bones can easily bend and thus cause damage both to the skin and to the fabric of the corset. Finally you should knot the laces firmly so that they cannot loosen. You can now wind the remaining laces round your waist or, in order not to make your waist wider again through the laces, you can put them under the upper front edge of the corset.
Now that the corset is closed you should by any means eliminate the wrinkles of both your skin and the vest. In order to do this, pull the vest up and down and back and forth with both hands and with smooth movements until you feel that the wrinkles have gone. By pulling at the vest you eliminate the wrinkles in the fabric and by smoothly moving the vest you eliminate skin wrinkles. This procedure should be carried out at the front, back and sides, but the lace area and the sides are especially important.
Sticking to these rules while putting on corsets is a very good basis for a long-term corset wearing. If you wear your corset for longer periods, i.e. day and night, you should frequently pull at the vest, at least once a day. If you wear it constantly it is advisable to take it off once each day and to clean, cream and powder your back, belly and sides in order to prevent skin problems.
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