‘Now, there is a right way and a wrong way of putting on a corset, and as this lesson should appeal to every woman, young or old, it should be learned with care and followed scrupulously.’
Loosen the corset laces, then ‘hook the fronts together. The corset will be very loose;’ there must be no strain on the corset. Adjust the chemise or combination under the corset if necessary.
Now begin to pull the corset laces, ‘making a very great point of giving the lungs ample play. Fasten the laces on the waist-line at the back first of all, then pull in the lower part from the waist downwards, and tie them also. It is not a good plan to bring the waist laces round to the front, because the extra bulk of ties in front is awkward and unnecessary, and a feeling of restraint is given to the waist by the ties. Some stay-makers provide three laces for their long-pattern stays, one above the waist, one for the waist, and the other below.’
Pull the corset down in front. Tie ‘in a bow the little ribbon ends beneath the bust at the top of the corset, whilst sitting, so that plenty of freedom and comfort may be secured for that part of the figure.’
Wear stockings which ‘come high above the knees, in order that the action of the knees in walking shall not drag the corset out of place.’ Attach the front and side suspenders to your stockings to keep the corset down.