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Hiding your Corset: Stealth Corseting

What to Wear When You Want to Waist Train-

but don’t want the world to know you’re waist training. Think stealth corseting…

Hello OC Blog Readers! This is probably one of the questions/concerns we get the most (next to “what size” or “what style” do I need) from our customers and social media fans. And for good reason! Not everyone has a work environment conducive to flaunting a corset! (But wouldn’t that be awesome?)

Jenny stealthing in her corset
Go with thicker fabrics when you’re trying to hide your corset.

The issue is that corsets were designed during an era when women’s clothing fit very differently than it does today. When is the last time you wore a pair of jeans that actually sat at your natural waist line? (Although I see high-waisted pants are making a comeback.) So when you don your corset it will often end about where your pants begin-leaving an obvious bulge under your shirt. Don’t despair! There are some tips and tricks you can deploy to minimize unwanted corset sightings.

First-choose a corset that fits really well! We sell off-the-rack corsets, but everybody is not an off-the-rack body. You may not find one that is a perfect match for your shape (without going custom), but most of you should find that one of our styles is pretty close to just right for you. In addition, your corset needs to be well seasoned to assure your corset hugs your body closely. Corsets with a lower profile (less bulky) like our mesh styles are brilliant for stealthing as well.

Amber stealthing in her corsetBut even the best, slimline corset in the world will not conceal completely under certain clothing. Lightweight knits and ultra fitted (thinner) blouses and dresses are very difficult to disguise anything under (you know what I am talking about ladies-when even your panty line shows through that knit dress-your corset doesn’t stand a chance). We have a video that walks you through several outfit ideas. Dresses and skirts often work well, as the waist of the garment usually sits at your natural waist. Rouched tops, ruffles, etc really help to hide any corset bumps as well.

Renee stealthing her corsetThe staff here at OC finds leggings of almost any kind to work great-paired with a longer top worn belted to highlight your tiny waist. Several of the gals are able to wear jeans and fitted T-shirt and hide their corset almost completely. Cooler months are easier as jackets and vest make for great camouflage. And if you are not looking to showcase your waist while waist training, then loose fitting sweaters and tops are perfect!

We would love to hear about your successes with stealth corseting-so share with us below in the comments.

I have been with Orchard Corset since June of 2012 and what a journey it has been! I've gone from complete newbie to Marketing Director to Chief Operations Officer and I've learned more about corsets, corseting, shapewear, social media and myself than I would have ever thought possible. I have really enjoyed the journey and we at Orchard Corset are dedicated to providing a wealth of information for new and seasoned corseters alike.


  • Jessica

    I’m very interested in getting a corset, but I don’t want it to show. Thank you for these “stealthing” tips! One thing that isn’t addressed is the bow from the laces. That will leave a pretty large, weird lump under most clothing. Do you have any tips on hiding it? Maybe there is some kind of panel in the corset or even a band over it that would flatten out the excess lacing?

  • Andrea McDermed

    Here’s a silly, yet essential question: What are the best ways to deal with going to the bathroom in a long line corset? I usually wear leggings (and underwear 🙂 ) under the corset, even when wearing a dress. No matter what I do, I end up having to unlace the whole thing in order pee! This has prevented me from wearing a corset if I’m going to be out of the house for most of the day, or for special events because I don’t want to be wrestling with my garments in a public restroom! Any suggestions?

  • Ula W

    Couple of questions re stealth corseting: should you still wear something eg chemise/singlet under the corset? Also what corset materials are better for stealthing?

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