I recently received a comment from a reader who says, "Hi I'm a young babybat, I just got interested in Goth less than a year ago. I have a bit of a problem. My mom is agaist me wearing fishnets and/ or corsets because she thinks they're... (whisper) sexual. She is very protective and stubborn, but I want a corset REALLY bad. What do you think I should do? So far all I can think of is saving money up for it myself then offering to pay for my own corsets on Christmas. Sadly Christmas is really far away. If you have any ideas/suggestions they would be SO greatly appreciated."
Speaking of wearing your corset over things, perhaps a parent is likely to be more lenient regarding waspies or waist cinchers than a full-on overbust corset. Waspies can be worn over shirts, dresses or even T-shirts and give a more interesting shape and of course that extra tinge of Gothiness to your look. I'd suggest discussing with your parents whether they might consider a waspie to be more appropriate.
You can also add the impression and aesthetic of corsetry to your wardrobe without actually resorting to a corset. You can create a corset-lacing effect on almost any garment, easily and simply, by pinning two rows of safety pins parallel to each other and criss-crossing ribbon between them. Doing this on the backs of T-shirts or hoodies gives an interesting corset-y look without even a sniff of inappropriate sexy-ness. (If the safety-pins don't appeal you can of course use grommets on stiffer fabrics like denim a la Boots.)
Of course, if you are happy to spend a little, corset prints are a fun and quirky alternative. Try something like this one, or this one. :-)
Hope you find this helpful. Readers, do you have any further ideas?