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October 31, 2015


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Corsetry 102: Corset Types and Waist Training (part 2 of 3)

Corsets can be used for many different functions: for waist training, as fashion pieces, as intimate wear and as outerwear. Today we're going to cover the different types of corsets so you can decide which might be best for you, your goals, and your lifestyle!

We've covered the two main types of corsets (overbust and underbust) before, but today we're going to talk about the different types of corset construction. Fashion corsets are generally made with plastic boning and high fashion fabrics. While they will give you some shaping, they are mostly worn outside the clothes as part of an outfit or as intimate wear. These will also be less expensive, as plastic components are cheaper than steel. If you want a corset for a sexy night in (or a sexy Halloween costume) go with that has plastic boning. 

Waist Training

If you want to see a serious waist reduction or to waist train for a more permanent reduction, you'll need to invest in QUALITY steel boned corset. Corsetry is an extreme shaping technique. Waist training has become popular on social media lately through Kim Kardashian's posts, but corsets shouldn't be confused with the waist cinchers that she wears. Waist training is only safe in a quality corset that fits properly - any other approach can be damaging to both you and the corset. It's a slow but rewarding process, so make sure to let us know if you are looking to start your waist training journey. One can change their shape, with dedication to the practice, when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

However, many women simply want a corset to help them attain an hourglass figure for events or under formal wear. In that case, steel boned is still the best option for the greatest waist reduction. These corsets can be made from breathable and comfortable materials, so they feel as great as they look underneath your clothes. 

Key Measurements

For the best fit, you will need to measure your torso length, waist, underbust, bust, and hip measurements. Corsets are ordered by waist size; however, it is important to measure your hips, under bust, and torso length. If purchasing a corset for the first time, order a waist size 4 inches (5-10cm) smaller than your natural waist size. This is a general rule but every BODY is different. The corset should feel comfortable with no digging into your hips or thighs while seated. You may want a professional to take your measurements. (Mademoiselle Lolita's staff is available for private measurement consultations. We highly recommend getting a fit consultation before purchasing.)


  • Waist - Measure your waist at your belly button. For many people this is the smallest part of your waist. 
  • Underbust- Measure your underbust. This is the area also referred to as the back band or rib cage. It is the area directly under your breast. 
  • Torso - Measure your torso length from your underbust to the fullest part of your hips. The torso length is important if you have a short torso. You want to be able to sit comfortably without your corset digging into your thighs.
  • Bust - With your bra on, measure the fullest part of your breast. This is important when considering an overbust corset. 
  • Hip - measure the widest part of your hip. Do not include your rear in the measurement.

Contact our staff today to get more information about corseting and the type of corset that would serve your needs best. Next time, we'll be talking corset materials and the fine points of corsetry (like how to put one on without breaking it!).  

images courtesy of Vollers Corsets and Mademoiselle Lolita


Corsetry 101: The Basics (part 1 of 3)

Corsetry 103: Purchasing and Maintaining your Investment (part 3 of 3)

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