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October 28, 2015

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Corsetry 101: The Basics (part 1 of 3)

When we think of corsets, many images come to mind. For some of us, it's the glamorous wasp-waisted movie stars of yesteryear. For some of us, it's those scary looking diagrams with all of the internal organs moved over. The reality of modern day corsets isn't actually represented by either image - as you'll hopefully read on to find out!

Why Wear a Corset?

There are lots of different reasons to wear a corset. Some women love them as another shapewear tool. When a corset is used throughout most of the day as a shapewear tool to effect semi-permanent figure changes, that is called waist training. Some women just find them sexy and want to wear them as part of their bedroom attire. I've also met many women with back problems who adore them for the extra back support that corsets provide. Whatever your reason, the first thing you'll need to pick out a corset is some basic knowledge.

What Are Corsets Made Of?

Corsets were traditionally made out of whalebone stays and various types of fabric, although now steel bones have replaced whalebones. Other corsets are made mostly as lingerie and are made from hard plastic boning. If you want to waist train or see a serious waist reduction, look for corsets with spiral steel boning, like our Inviting 1891. If you just want to try the look out for fun, plastic will do just fine. The top layer of a corset can be made out of almost any type of fabric, from cotton to silk. Often it will have various decorative element as well.

Underbust Versus Overbust:

There are two types of corsets: underbust corsets and overbust corsets. Overbust corsets serve as both bra and corset, while underbust corsets generally come to the bottom of your bra band. An underbust corset will give you a cleaner line underclothing and possibly more coverage in the hips. An underbust works better for more extreme figures and is more like a waist cincher. 

If you've got a particularly curvy figure, make sure that you choose a corset that can accommodate it. Look for a corset designed to cinch figures with more than a 10" difference between waist and hips - your figure will look better for it and you'll be more comfortable. 

Now that you're armed with some knowledge, it's time to choose the perfect corset for you. If you're going to be wearing it in the bedroom only, pick a corset with a bold and flattering color. We love these when worn daringly with just a matching pair of pasties and panties! If you want to look extra curvy in your favorite little black dress, try a steel boned overbust in a plain color. Alternatively, embrace the lingerie as outerwear look and try a fancy overbust corset with a long skirt for a different look. 

Which corset will you try first?

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

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


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