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Hungover Vlog: Corset Care After a Night Out

What is shame?

I’m not sure. I think it’s cultural construct that gets in the way of people appreciating the silliness and truth in their humanity.

That’s why I made a shamelessly hungover, instructional vlog, demonstrating one of our simple, industry tips on corset care. Yet again I humble myself on the internet: for you. You’re welcome. And when better to demonstrate this particular corset care tip than after a ruckus night out?

…I probably could have done this better. Oh well, here goes:

For those of you who like contextual stories, read on (if not, skip to end).

There was once a girl in a stupid American Apparel dress. One day, she donned a corset an turned into a princess (kind of).

Corselette = wardrobe game changer.
Even whilst mustering the energy for a big night of rocking out, it’s clear that a corselette is a wardrobe game changer.

The princess wished very much to dance and be entertained, so she traveled to a far away land called Oakland, where the most zef minstrels in all of the world’s kingdoms were blowing fucking minds. 

Die Antwoord. Baby's on Fire.
Yes, yes, yes. Baby’s on Fire.

She danced and danced the night away, stomping around and having a blast at this strange festival of the celebration of large booty and …rats. 

It obviously got "freeky"
As was to be expected, things got “freeky”

When the night was over and she had returned to her own dominion (studio apartment) she was very tired and extremely sweaty.

Aaaaaand collapse.
Aaaaaand… collapse. Full circle!

Her clothes smelled of all the wonders the Oakland had to offer, and so, the next day — though the princess had turned back into a normal, scrappy lady — she had to freshen her corset. Because adults take care of their nice things. 

Caring for a sweaty, smelly, or even stained corset is easier than one might imagine. A simple brew of vodka and water (no, a cocktail spilled on you doesn’t count) will do wonders to freshen your garment and remove odor when dry cleaning is inconvenient. Watch the following video for details on how-to.


The underbust corset featured in this tale of an evening and it’s aftercare is Dark Garden’s black poplin corselette — of which I am a big fan. On long torso’d folk like myself, it acts like a wide waist belt: perfect to throw over any dress, jumpsuit, or pant/shirt outfit to amazing wasp-waist silhouette effects. Its smaller dimensions make it a great option for those with a shorter torso as well, for whom most underbust corsets are too long.

Lucy of Lucy’s Corsetry did a thorough review of Dark Garden’s corselette, which one can view here. It’s available for purchase on Dark Garden’s online boutique.

Simple tips like these can lengthen the life of your corset and make the experience of wearing them (for you and those smelling you) much more enjoyable. For more intensive (and sober) corset cleaning tips, refer to this article, written by Dark Garden pattern associate and stitcher, as well as very coherent corset blogger, Marianne. More for your bag of corset tricks — and happy (clean) corsetting!

LOVE,

Dark Garden's corselette in black diamond brocade fabric, paired with Dita Von Teese's Tulip Bra and high-waisted brief from her Von Follies line of lingerie (also available currently at the Dark Garden boutique). Photo by Joel Aron, modeled by Euphrates X
Dark Garden’s corselette in black diamond brocade fabric, paired with Dita Von Teese’s Tulip Bra and high-waisted brief (also available currently at the Dark Garden boutique) Photo by Joel Aron, modeled by Euphrates X

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Dark Garden Unique Corsetry

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Styling Corsets 2: in Pictures

Two laments I hear often:

• “I love the idea of a corset, but have no idea what I’d wear it with!”

• “More pictures on your blog, please!”

Perhaps both of these exclamations are symptomatic of the same desire, gasped by those seeking some inspiration for how to style corsets as authentic, non-costumed, wear (perhaps not, but let’s pretend).

I aim to please. The following are photos of men and women, all wearing corsets by Dark Garden Corsetry, as authentic outfits. Some of the photos are professional, some are selfies, and some are simple iphonography. So prepare yourself for the gamut…

Accessorize your corset!
Accessorize your corset!

 

French new-wave bicycle thief chic!
French new-wave bicycle thief chic!

 

Adorable!
Adorable!

 

Autumn looks gorg with a waspie over a vintage dress!
Autumn looks gorg with a waspie over a vintage dress!

 

Isn't she lovely!
Isn’t she lovely!

 

An innocent Ben Sherman button up is corrupted, er, adorned, FANCIFIED, by the leather overbust and accessories.
An innocent Ben Sherman button up is corrupted, er, adorned, FANCIFIED, by the leather overbust and accessories!

 

Leather, leather, and leather accents!
Leather, leather, and leather accents!

 

Don't I look smug!
Don’t I look smug!

 

Rockabilly inspired with a touch of leather!
Rockabilly inspired with a touch of leather!

 

Slouchy sweaters hold secrets of the waistline within!
Slouchy sweaters hold secrets of the waistline within!

 

Crop tops now show busk buttons, not belly buttons!
Crop tops now show busk buttons, not belly buttons!

 

Dandy up!
Dandy up!

 

Be yourself!
Be yourself!

 

T-shirt and jeans: BAM!
T-shirt and jeans: BAM!

 

With a cute, vintage sweater!
With a cute, vintage sweater!

 

So much goodness...
So much goodness…

 

Over a button up!
Over a button up!

 

Over your Gaultier gown!
Over your Gaultier gown!

 

Over your thrift store gown!
Over your thrift store gown!

 

Kristin casually enjoying coffee swathed gracefully in wools.
Swathed gracefully in wools!

 

Somebody told me this would be sexy :| Anyway -- a simple American Apparel dress is suddenly so much more!
Somebody told me this would be sexy 😐
Anyway — a simple American Apparel dress is suddenly so much more!

 

There are some ideas to get you started working corsets into your own personal style and wardrobe. Have fun!

For additional styling advice, see my previous post: Styling Corsets as Day Wear. 

LOVE,

Photo by John Carey Photographic

Euphrates X

Tightlacing Liaison | Expert Fitter

Dark Garden Unique Corsetry