Corsets are historic pieces of clothing that go back centuries, and they’re still in vogue today. Although corsets get a lot of flack these days for being too constricting, many women love the way they feel when wearing one. Not only can they be worn under clothes, by they can the centerpiece of your outfit if you’re confident enough to wear it out in public.

Corsets are great additions for dressing up if you’re into cosplay and more. If you’ve never worn a corset before, here’s what to expect with your first one:

  1. Measure yourself

Corsets are no joke when it comes to holding things in and giving you some added oomph, so you’ll need to make sure that you get the right size or else you won’t be able to breathe, or it’ll be too loose. Sometimes you don’t need to go up a size given that the two back halves can overlap with the extra fabric, so to be on the safe side, you’ll need to accurately measure yourself to choose the perfect one to complement your shape.

  1. Release all the lacing on the corset the first time you use it

To make it easier to get on, you’ll want to release all the lacing on the corset as soon as you get it so that you can get it on and off a lot easier. You can always make it tighter when it’s on. You might also have to have another person help you lace it up so that it’s as tight as it will go. If it’s too tight later on, just have someone loosen it up, and you’ll feel better.

  1. Work up the tightness

Don’t think you’ll going to wear it super tight at first. This is something you have to work up to. It’s better to give it a medium pull and then start pulling the top and bottom laces tighter as it meets in the middle. Also, you’ll get used to the tightness over time, so you’ll be able to get it tighter and tighter.

  1. Good posture

The tightness in the corset will help you have better posture so you’ll want to always sit up straight, as well as watching what you eat so that you don’t feel full or uncomfortable. This is why corsets are great for those trying to lose weight since it helps you control what you eat!