How can you not love corsets? They are ultra-feminine, elegant, mysterious, charming, anachronistic but in a good way. Corsets are the ultimate expression of the retro and vintage popularity: they go even further back and they represent everything the woman is not anymore (thank God!). The power of corsets in modern days is this: women don’t have to wear them because the costume say so, but they choose to wear them if they want to. Of course we don’t wear corsets all the time, but there are certain occasions where a corset is the perfect piece of clothing to wear. Gothic chicks know this very well: there’s a certain silhouette which is achievable only wearing a corset. And some skirts and blouses just aren’t made to be worn without a corset. Corsets are for everyone though, not only for gothic, steampunk or Victorian inspired looks. Corsets are for burlesque inspired outfits, pinups, even punk! Think about a cool tartan studded corset.
How to Choose a CorsetChoosing a corset can be overwhelming at first. You don’t know what size you should pick, you don’t know your waist measurement and you don’t know if you should buy a corset, an underbust, a halter corset. Steel bones? Plastic bones? Busk? No busk? Overwhelming is an understatement, we should have said “daunting”. It all depends on where and when you are going to wear your corset. This garments are made to be tight, but not unbearably tight, and if they are not meant for waist training or to correct a wrong posture, then the things to worry about go down to a few. Corsets meant for waist training have to be tailored on your body because you are going to wear them for a long period of time and if it’s the wrong size it can cause you back pain and other not so nice issues. Style There are many corsets styles, but the main are overbust and underbust . The names are pretty self explanatory: overbusts cover your breasts while underbusts don’t. Under this two styles there are plenty of styles: an underbust can go up to right under your boobs and down on your hips, or it can be shorter, almost like a waist cincher (waist cinchers can be considered a style on their own). Choosing the right style also depends on your body shape. Waist cinchers are likely to make your love handles buldge out: choose a longer style if you want to “hide” these little flaws. If you are large breasted you need to be extra-careful with measurements if you choose to go for an overbust: you’ll probably need it to be custom made. Padded cup styles are more comfortable than straight cut styles: choose the latter if you have a small cup size, it will likely enhance your cleavage. Boning Most of the corsets you find in shops (Zara, H&M and the like) are made with plastic boning. Think about lingerie corsets: they are made to be sexy and comfortable, they’re definitely not meant as “real corsets”. They’re not tight, they don’t support your back and they don’t give you the hourglass shape. They look cute and that’s about it. If you want to call something a “corset” it has to have some steel boning of sort (or very stiff plastic boning, but steel bones are the real deal). Usually back and front boning is much stiffer, and the boning around the corset is more flexible. That’s ok and the reason is that for back and front boning are usually white steel boning (rigid bone made of nylon coated spring steel) and the other boning is spiral steel boning (flexible bone made of galvanized spring steel wire). Black Vinyl Corset – Pink Satin Underbust Size To determine the right size of your corset you need to take your body measurements. This is mandatory, you will never get the right size if you don’t do this! So get your hands on a tailor’s tape and get to work.
1 Bust Circumference – 2 Underbust Circumference – 3 Lowest Rib Circumference – 4 Smallest Waist Circumference – 5 Point of Hip Circumference – 6 Hip Circumference – 7 Bust to Underbust Distance – 8 Underbust to Rib Distance – 9 Underbust to Smallest Waist Distance – 10 Underbust to Point of Hip Distance – 11 Underbust to Hip Distance Photo credit: ph Do you love corsets? Do you usually wear them? Let us know if you need more tips on how to choose a corset in the comments below!