March 10, 2021

Corsets have been worn by women for hundreds of years. They never go out of style!

When properly worn, a corset is so empowering, accentuating feminine curves, supporting posture and even helping with anxiety! Not to mention, they look sexy as. 

This corset guide will teach you everything you need to know about wearing a corset to make sure you’re comfortable and feel fabulous. Eat your heart out, Bettie Page!


What Size Corset Should You Get?

To find the right corset size, measure yourself in inches around the narrowest part of your waist (usually just above your belly button).

When deciding what size corset you should get, pick one that’s anything up to 4 inches smaller than your waist — not your actual waist size.

Pro corset wearers can go up to 6 inches smaller than their actual waist size, but we don’t recommend this for beginners. 

All Playful Promises corsets have a guide under the sizing on each product to help you select the right one.



How To Lace A Corset

Hooks and laces make putting a corset on look tricky, especially when you consider the laces have to be done up from behind! 

We recommend you get assistance from someone to help lace your corset, or if you’re putting on your corset alone, use a mirror to help you. Once you know how to lace a corset, it will get easier over time. 

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to lace your corset:

  1. Unroll the corset so that all the laces are facing up.
  2. Starting from the center, pull the laces apart to loosen them.
  3. Put the corset on around your torso so that the clasps are at the front and the lace is at the back.
  4. Clasp the front hooks. It should be loose when you clasp it — leave the tightening to the lace!
  5. One by one, pull the laces from both the top and the bottom, working towards the middle. Pull the loops at the natural waist longer as you go.
  6. Once you’ve reached the desired tightness, tie the lengthened waist pull loops. You’re done!

How Tight Should A Corset Be?

When you first wear your corset, it will feel quite tight. This is normal. Your body needs to adapt to wearing a corset. Plus, the corset needs a few uses before it’s worn in.

Once you’ve worn your corset a few times, you will feel more comfortable as your body has grown accustomed to it, and you may find you can increase the tightness.

Always take off your corset if you feel any pain, shortness of breath or discomfort.


Can You Wear A Corset All Day?

How long you wear your corset comes down to one thing: comfort.

You may find you’re able to happily wear your corset for many hours. Or you may find 2-3 hours is enough. Either way is fine, so long as you feel comfortable.

While we don’t recommend wearing a corset for longer than 12 hours, you can wear a corset all day if you wish. Some people wear a corset for 12 hours or longer.

Listen to your body and let your own feelings and comfort decide. You can always have a break and take your corset off for a couple of hours then put it on again.


How To Wear A Corset: What Should You Wear It With?

Corsets can be used as undergarments or outerwear, depending on the style of corset you buy.

If you want to wear your corset under your clothing, choose outfits that aren’t too thin or tight, or else your corset might show through. 

Corset tops, worn as outerwear, are a sexy and stylish statement that pair well with a blazer and jeans, over a shirt or with skirts or trousers. There are plenty of options when it comes to what to wear with your corset, so try out some new outfits and have fun discovering your personal corset style and flaunting your fabulous curves!


Shop the Playful Promises corset collection today.




Size Guide
We want your Playful Promises purchases to fit perfectly. Please see our guide below for measuring and sizing information. Our sizes are listed in AU sizing.

Bra Guide

8A 30A 30A 80A 65A
8B 30B 30B 80B 65B
8C 30C 30C 80C 65C
8D 30D 30D 80D 65D
8DD 30DD 30DD/E 80E 65E
8E 30E 30DDD/F 80F 65F
8F 30F 30G 80G 65G
8FF 30FF 30H 80H 65H
8G 30G 30I 80I 65I
8GG 30GG 30J 80J 65J
8H 30H 30K 80K 65K
10A 32A 32A 85A 70A
10B 32B 32B 85B 70B
10C 32C 32C 85C 70C
10D 32D 32D 85D 70D
10DD 32DD 32DD/E 85E 70E
10E 32E 32DDD/F 85EF 70F
10F 32F 32G 85G 70G
10FF 32FF 32H 85H 70H
10G 32G 32I 85J 70J
10GG 32GG 32J 85K 70K
10H 32H 32K 85L 70L
12A 34A 34A 90A 75A
12B 34B 34B 90B 75B
12C 34C 34C 90C 75C
12D 34D 34D 90D 75D
12DD 34DD 34DD/E 90E 75E
12E 34E 34DDD/F 90F 75F
12F 34F 34G 90G 75G
12FF 34FF 34H 90H 75H
12G 34G 34I 90I 75I
12GG 34GG 34J 90J 75J
12H 34H 34K 90K 75K
14A 36A 36A 95A 80A
14B 36B 36B 95B 80B
14C 36C 36C 95C 80C
14D 36D 36D 95D 80D
14DD 36DD 36DD/E 95E 80E
14E 36E 36DDD/F 95F 80F
14F 36F 36G 95G 80G
14FF 36FF 36H 95H 80H
14G 36G 36I 95I 80I
14GG 36GG 36J 95J 80J
14H 36H 36K 95K 80K
16B 38B 38B 100B 85B
16C 38C 38C 100C 85C
16D 38D 38D 100D 85D
16DD 38DD 38DD/E 100E 85E
16E 38E 38DDD/F 100F 85F
16F 38F 38G 100G 85G
16FF 38FF 38H 100H 85H
16G 38G 38I 100I 85I
16GG 38GG 38J 100J 85J
16H 38H 38K 100K 85K
18B 40B 40B 105B 90B
18C 40C 40C 105C 90C
18D 40D 40D 105D 90D
18DD 40DD 40DD/E 105E 90E
18E 40E 40DDD/F 105F 90F
18F 40F 40G 105G 90G
18FF 40FF 40H 105H 90H
18G 40G 40I 105I 90I
18GG 40GG 40J 105J 90J
18H 40H 40K 105K 90K
20B 42B 42B 110B 95B
20C 42C 42C 110C 95C
20D 42D 42D 110D 95D
20DD 42DD 42DD/E 110E 95E
20E 42E 42DDD/E 110F 95F
20F 42F 42G 110G 95G
20FF 42FF 42H 110H 95H
20G 42G 42I 110I 95I
20GG 42GG 42J 110J 95J
20H 42H 42K 110K 95K
22B 44B 44B 115B 100B
22C 44C 44C 115C 100C
22D 44D 44D 115D 100D
22DD 44DD 44DD/E 115E 100E
22E 44E 44DDD/F 115F 100F
22F 44F 44G 115G 100G
22FF 44FF 44H 115H 100H
22G 44G 44I 115I 100I
22GG 44GG 44J 115J 100J
22H 44H 44K 115K 100K


For more info about how our DD+ bras fit compared to similar styles in other brands, please visit our blog 

For help with sister sizing, click here.

Lingerie & Clothing

6 2 34 6
8 4 36 8
10 6 38 10
12 8 40 12
14 10 42 14
16 12 44 16
18 14 46 18
20 16 48 20
22 18 50 22
24 20 52 24
26 22 54 26
28 24 56 28
30 26 58 30


Body Measurements

AU Size Hips (CM) Waist (CM) Bust (CM) Hips (IN) Waist (IN) Bust (IN)
6 86.5 62.5 80.5 35 25.5 33
8 89 65 83 36 26.5 34
10 94 70 88 38 28.5 36
12 99 75 93 40 30.5 38
14 104 80 98 42 32.5 40
16 109 85 103 44 34.5 42
18 116 92 111 45.7 36.3 43.7
20 123 99 118 48.5 39 46.5
22 130 106 125 51.2 41.8 49.3
24 137 113 132 54 44.5 52
26 144 120 139 56.7 47.2 54.7
28 151 127 146 59.4 50 57.5
30 158 134 153 62 53 60