A corset is one of the most versatile and stylish pieces you can have in your wardrobe. Whether you choose to wear it as an undergarment or as part of your main outfit, you will certainly turn heads.

Usually, there’s not much to think about if you are wearing your corset under your clothes. However, tables turn when you have to wear something underneath. Most people have a hard time deciding what will look good and appropriate.

Today, we are going to reveal some of the best clothing pieces to wear under your corset. Stick around to get outfit ideas and more.

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Shirt dress

Shirt dress

This is perhaps the easiest piece to wear under a corset. Why? Because it is a complete outfit on its own that does not require you to think much about how you are going to pair.

A shirt dress combines the style of a button-down shirt with the length and silhouette of a dress. Now, whether you decide to wear a fitted or flowy one, is totally up to you. Regardless, it offers a chic and versatile look.

Paired with a corset, you can transition from a casual and relaxed afternoon to a more serious event in the evening. This is particularly true if your shirt dress has a collared neckline and button-down front.


Strapless bra

Strapless bra 

If you are top heavy, you may feel like your corset is not giving you enough support. If that is the case, you may want to get a strapless bra that will also act as underwear.

Ideally, you want to choose a seamless bra to avoid any unsightly bulges and bumps. This is especially true if the material of your corset is not heavy enough.

Check out our selection below of the best organic cotton bras and bralettes.


High-waisted shapewear

High-waisted shapewear

Whatever you wear, you want to ensure that it always looks streamlined. In that regard, you may want to consider wearing control briefs or high-waisted shapewear.

When worn under your corset, they will provide a streamlined look while providing additional shaping and support.




One of the best ways to complement your corset is by wearing a jumpsuit underneath. Again, this is a one-piece outfit that is easy to wear.

Whether your jumpsuit is tight or loose-fitting, you can throw on a corset to add a touch of sophistication and complete your ensemble.


Garter belt

garter belt

Do you like to wear stockings? Well, you can pair them with a corset but there is a twist to it. For a vintage-inspired look, wear a garter belt to hold up your stockings. Ensure it fits well and remains concealed beneath your corset.


Camisole or chemise


For some people, a corset on its own can be too revealing. If you are that kind of person, you don’t have to shy away from wearing one.

A camisole or chemise in lightweight fabric like satin or silk can be worn under your corset to provide additional coverage and comfort.

Check out our selection of the best organic cotton camisoles.


Petticoat or crinoline


As previously mentioned, a corset can be worn with a dress. If that is your ensemble, consider wearing a petticoat or crinoline underneath. This will not only add volume, but it will give your outfit a more dramatic flair.


Corset liner

Corset liner

Corsets are often structured. As such, the lacing and boning in them can cause discomfort but you don’t need to worry about that.  You can get a corset liner made from soft fabric to act as a barrier that will protect your skin from the boning of your corset.


Adhesive breast petals

breast petals

If you prefer not to wear a bra, adhesive breast petals can be worn under your corset to provide coverage and modesty while maintaining a natural look.


Waist cincher or corset belt

corset belt

The main reason why most people wear corsets is to give the illusion of a snatched waist. To ensure that you get that look, you can wear a waist cincher or corset belt under your corset.

With that, you get to accentuate your waistline more and reduce chances of feeling discomfort from the structuring of your corset. Just ensure that your cincher or belt is made from soft material.


Waist training bands

Waist training bands

If you're looking to train your waist, you can wear waist training bands underneath your corset. These work to enhance the cinching effect as well as aid in achieving a more defined waistline over time.


Bra or bustier


Whether your corset is strapped or strapless, you may feel the need for more support. This is where a bra or bustier will come in handy. Wear one that is well-fitting and with straps under your corset for maximum support.




Another option to wear under a corset is a bodysuit. This is a one-piece garment that covers the torso and often includes a snap closure at the crotch.

Wearing a bodysuit is a great choice not only because it creates a smooth and seamless appearance, but also because it is a hassle-free garment that eliminates the need for separate tops and bottoms.

Check out our selection of the best affordable and sustainable bodysuits.


Wedding dress

Wedding dress

Yes! You read that right. Although it sounds outlandish, you can wear a wedding dress under your corset. This will not only define and accentuate your waist, but it will also make you look like you have the perfect hour-glass shape.




Are you looking to combine casual and classic? What better way than to do it with a t-shirt and corset? You see, t-shirts are known for their relaxed and comfortable fit. Moreover, they are made from soft and breathable fabric making them ideal for wearing under a corset.

If you want an edgy look, wear a graphic or printed t-shirt, but if you want a clean polished look, opt for a plain one ideally in neutral color.

Here are our 20 best American-made t-shirts for women and men.


Bottom line


A corset may seem like one of the easiest accessories to wear, but you may find yourself having a hard time especially if you follow fashion rules that state that it is an undergarment.

You can always wear something underneath yours if you want to make a fashion statement. That said, your comfort is crucial, so sometimes, you may have to wear garments underneath for added comfort rather than for styling purposes.

With these 15 style tips and suggestions you can create a stunning look that perfectly matches your dress code and enhances your typical attire.

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