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What to wear under your corset?

My question (brought on by the lovely outfit at http://community.livejournal.com/steamfashion/2088650.html) is, "What do you wear under your corset?"

My problem with regular shirts under underbust corsets is that the shirt usually looks odd being stuffed in the top and -- if you don't have a modesty panel to cover the gap in the back -- you can see a mess of wrinkles under the laces. I have a couple "corset shirts" that are basically a tight tube where the corset would cover and the "boob area" pleated into it with a zipper on the side; I'd bought mine from Gallery Serpentine years ago but it doesn't appear they carry them any more.

What do you look for in a shirt to wear under your corset?

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inaurolillium
Sep. 24th, 2009 07:14 pm (UTC)
The only reason I wear a top under a corset is to protect the corset, so I usually go with a thin knit, like a silk knit cami from Dharma Trading.
sakara75
Sep. 24th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
pandaemonaeum
Sep. 24th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
I tend to make or buy shirts which are fitted, so I don't get the 'bunching' problem.

I like camisoles, especially fitted ones. I wear stretch knit tops a lot as well.

I got a load of compliments the other night for a shirt I wore which had 14 rows of frills on the front!

I have a shirt along the lines of the one you describe, but it came from Dorothy Perkins (a mainstream women's shop in the UK).
kaypendragon
Sep. 25th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)
Seconded - fitted blouses or stretch knit tees/tanks.
sharkcowsheep
Sep. 24th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
A closely-fitted thin knit-fabric thing. Basically a slightly updated chemise. Synthetic knits are especially nice for personal climate control.
fabricdragon
Sep. 24th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
well, if i am wearing my corset "to show" i wear either a t shirt, or a high neck blouse under it...

however, your best bet for an under layer is a strappy chemise (you know, the thing that looks like an undershirt with bra straps?) then you can always roll the straps off your shoulder and tuck them in to hide them if they bug you.. and tuck the top of your blouse in...
isabelladangelo
Sep. 24th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
I wear a chemise, just like everyone did from the time corsets were invented until they went out in WWI. It's basically an elongated camisole and works well. There is a picture of the chemise, bustle, and corset here that I've worn with one or two of my outfits. The chemise can have pretty much any type of neckline you like and is very simple to make out of regular old muslin.
danicia
Sep. 24th, 2009 10:01 pm (UTC)
I don't wear anything under my corsets. They're all undergarments.
beltainefaerie
Sep. 25th, 2009 12:28 am (UTC)
even as an undergarment, they are meant to have something under them since they are generally not meant to be washed. Your corset will last longer if you wear a camisole, tank top, or even a tube top the same size as your corset underneath. Just something to consider.
danicia
Sep. 25th, 2009 12:39 am (UTC)
I hadn't thought of that before, but then I rarely ever wear a corset. Pretty much just with certain costumes. A thin tank would be a good idea.
girlnamedxena
Sep. 24th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
I usually wear a chemise. It's very loose and poofy, and I actually like the way it poofs up over the bust. And I usually get someone to adjust it so it doesn't look too messy in the back (I don't have a modesty panel).
mutelorelei
Sep. 25th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
I usually go with a snug cami. Sometimes I won't wear anything underneath if I'm not concerned with modesty. Camis with v-necks work best for me, they cover a little more on top, while still revealing some cleavage and provide a flattering line. However, if it's part of a gothic lolita outfit, then I would wear a button shirt that goes up to the neck.
trip_tych
Sep. 25th, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
I wear either just basic knit tank-tops or chemises of varying sorts.
raisexyourxhead
Sep. 27th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
A cotton chemise. Right now I use my All Purpose Time-Traveling Chemise but I'm planning on making a more embellished one soon.

For people that wear blouses, do you wear a cami under the blouse to keep the buttons from eating into your skin? I ran into that problem, as well as the buttons somehow working their way halfway though the busk.
Sarah Louisa Kinnersley
Feb. 17th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
Sarah
Where do you buy your chemises from?
I'm a first time corset-wearer and I'm pretty new to all this :)
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