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November 01, 2015

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

Now that we've covered corset types and waist training you're ready to pick your first corset. We are a proud retailer of traditional overbust and underbust corsets.  We partner with one of the most respected European corset lines in the industry to bring you the best quality. In this blog, we will cover everything you need to know before you make your purchase. However, we strongly advise consulting with one of our expert fitters.  Our stock corsets are made in standard sizes and fabrics; however, almost every stock corset can be made to measure.

Purchasing a Corset

To start, you’ll need to determine your goals. Ask yourself the following questions:  Will I be wearing the corset every day? Do I want to reduce the size of my waist? Will I be wearing it on special occasions only? Will I be wearing this corset as outerwear, intimate wear, or as a fashion piece?

If you've decided to purchase a traditional corset after you've weighed your options, you've decided to make an investment. You will want to get the most out of your investment. 

Body type(s)

  • Slim Figure - short torso, lean, small bust
  • Curvy Fit Figure – full C cup, Small D cup
  • Fuller-Figure – Fuller bust, fuller hips, or large hips 
  • Plus size Figure - natural waist over 35”, customizable up to 60”

 Traditional Corsets Components:

  • Busk – front opening of the corset.
  • Boning – Our corsets have steel boning. Boning produces the shape and structure of the corset. Fashion corsets often have plastic boning.
  • Laces - Corsets are held together by lacing, usually along the back. Laces are used to tighten or loosen the corset. Always loosen the laces before opening the busk.
  • Modesty panel - This covers the gap between the corset and your skin to give you a smooth look. 

Seasoning – Seasoning is the term used to describe breaking in your corset. Seasoning serves two purposes. It allows you to become comfortable wearing your corset for long periods and it helps the corset mold to your exact shape. It is really important to season your corset before considering waist training. After purchasing your corset, you’ll want to wear it for short time intervals, 1-2 hours maximum.  Slowly increase the amount of time you wear it .  You will notice after a few wears, your corset will start to form to your body. It will become easier to lace as it starts to mold to you. As a basic rule, lace your corset to fit snugly, but not as tight as it will possibly go, while seasoning. Failure to properly season your corset can cause damage to the busk and/or boning (vertical steel rods that provide support and shape). It could take several wears to complete the process. Don’t rush it. You’ll thank us later.

Lacing your corset - Your corset will arrive laced and ready to wear. Open the busk and loosen the back laces. Flatten the modesty panel. Make sure that you've loosen the back laces so there is minimal pressure on the busk. Wrap it around your torso. Close the front. Then tighten the laces. You may need help from a friend the first couple of times. This will get easier as the corset becomes seasoned. Never take your corset off or put in on without loosening the back laces first. You may damage the busk. Never tie your corset laces about your waist. This is a bad habit and it will eventually cause tracks on the fabric.

Fabrics - We have quite a few corset colors and prints.

  • Satin - is sexy and everyone loves to see their shape in a sexy shiny corset. This is our baseline fabric. It looks great and it’s available in many colors.
  • Coutil - is the most durable and recommended for those that will be wearing their corset on a daily basis.
  • PVC – playful with many colors to choose from. Cheaper but less durable than leather.
  • Brocade – exotic woven fabrics. Stylish and often colorful.
  • Silk – Luxury. Only the best. Exclusive styles and patterns.

Remember that some fabrics create more warmth than others. Silk is great for warmer weather, while leather or brocade is better for cooler weather. If you want to corset during the hottest part of the summer, look at cotton or coutil options. 

Garter belts - standard 4 garters attached. Extra garters can be added for a nominal cost. 

Dry-cleaning and Care

Your corset may require occasional spot cleaning. Never machine wash or immerse your corset in water. Make sure you take your corset to a reputable dry cleaner. Present your corset for inspection. Open the busk to show there are no pulls, tears, or buckles at the seams or near the boning. You should not have to unlace your corset before dry cleaning. Ask the dry cleaner to place the corset in a laundry or garment bag.

The easiest way to keep your corset clean is to always wear a thin fabric layer between your skin and the corset, like a tank top, slip or undershirt. 

Corsetry 101: The Basics (part 1 of 3)

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


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