What is Corset Stealthing? Tips & Wardrobe Ideas

Posted on March 6, 2018 by Brittney Loveall-Talley

Yes, corsets can make a beautiful addition to your outfits. But sometimes you might want the look of that corseted hourglass waist without advertising to the world that you're wearing one.

This is where the practice of "stealthing" comes in -- the art of hiding a corset under your clothes.

We work with many women and men who are pros at stealthing. Here are a few tips and tricks we've picked up over the years for wearing a corset without making it obvious.

DeVonda W. Stealthing

Sparrow K. Stealthing

Eryn S. Stealthing

1. Make Sure it Fits 

First things first. In order to hide a corset under your clothing you’ll need a corset that fits you properly. Poor fitting corsets are much harder to hide! If you’re not sure how to choose the best fitting corset for your figure, please reach out to our expert sizing team!

2. Choose a mesh or satin corset

Mesh corsets and satin corsets are made with light weight and relatively smooth materials, making them less bulky than standard cotton or leather corsets and therefore easier to hide under your clothes.

3. Use a Well "Seasoned" Corset

Now that you have a corset that fits you well… make sure it is fully seasoned before stealthing.  New corsets are rigid and not as easily stealthed as one that has been fully broken in. Not sure how to season your corset? Follow these instructions.

4. Use Satin Laces

Swap out the round nylon laces that come standard with most corsets with flat satin laces. The nylon laces that come with your corset can be hidden under clothing, but we have found that satin laces hide even more discreetly!

Satin laces are flat rather than round and are much less bulky (while still being just as strong!)

5. Pick the Right Clothes

How can you pair your corset with your current wardrobe? It’s actually easier than you might expect. If you’re a jeans and t-shirt kind of person, then you’d likely be most comfortable wearing your corset like you see in this Wear it Wednesday blog with Brittney. She is pairing her longline corset with high waisted jeans for an ultra cinched look. This look really highlights the corseted waist.

Jeans & T-shirt Stealthing

Wear Thicker Fabrics

Patterned Tops Hide Corset Lines

If that’s too bold for you (we get it, not everyone wants to have dramatic proportions!) then pair your jeans with a looser fit top or throw a cardigan over the top half! You’re still cinched and supported, but it’s just your secret.

In general, clothing with textured fabrics can help hide the outlines of your corset. Clothing cut with an hourglass shape (wrap dresses, belted shirts, etc) will make your hourglass shape look more natural. And steer clear of sheer and clingy fabrics! These will show the outline of your underlying corset.

Alex Miller has a wonderful corset stealthing lookbook (on YouTube). We absolutely adore these looks and like to share it with customers when they are stumped on what to wear! While many of these are summer appropriate the looks themselves could be modified with cardigans, full length jeans instead of shorts and other quick changes.  

Lucy’s Corsetry has the most fabulous playlist called Dressing with Corsets. In this playlist she has a little bit of everything, including specific outfit styles, tricks to create the illusion of an even smaller waist, and tips on hiding your laces. Our standard length CS-411 corset even made the cut for The Best Stealthing Corsets along with a couple of other corset companies.

6. Prep for Bathroom Breaks

It’s time for real talk. Unless you’re a mannequin, at some point during your day you will need to use the restroom. If you layer your clothing and corset in the wrong way, this can turn a quick break into an ordeal.

There is an easy way to layer for a quick break, though! Our friend Lucy has an exceptional video where she gives tips and tricks on how to easily go about your day in your corset.