Corset Shopping Guide for the Novice Corset Buyer
Welcome to part 2 of our informal, but informative collection of helpful tips and tidbits to navigate the novice corset buyer through the sometimes tricky waters finding the perfect off-the-rack corset. In this article we will discuss overbust vs underbust corset styles and corset lengths. Missed Part 1? Check it out here.
This is mostly a matter of preference and what your corset-wearing plans are. First-time corset wearers will find an underbust corset easier to fit, wear and break-in than and overbust corset. However, if you plan to wear your corset out on the town or for a specialty event and need an overbust corset-then an overbust corset it is! It's important to not only have your waist and hip measurement, but also your underbust AND full bust measurement when choosing an overbust corset. Most off-the-rack corsets do not offer adequate bust room for women with an ample bosom. Orchard Corset is currently designing an overbust that will accommodate larger busted women. We will let everyone know when that is available! There are some lacing tips at the end of this blog you may find useful. See part 1 for information on how to use the Silhouette Level Chart once you have your measurements.
Corsets, like people, come in different lengths. At Orchard Corset we carry 2 basic corset lengths, with subtle variations of each. The first is our standard length corset, which also includes our wasp waist corsets. These corsets measure about 10" at the front busk for underbust models and about 14" at the front busk (16" at the center bust) for our overbust models. The second is our longline corsets. Longline styles measure about 13" at the front busk for underbust models and and 14-15" at front busk (16" at the center bust). We are working now with our manufacturer to create a longer overbust longline with a fuller bosom than we currently offer.
One reason for choosing one length over the other is your shape-longer torsos need a longer corset and vise-versa. But the choice could simply be a matter of style. If you are looking for a curvy accessory to wear over a cute top or dress, a standard length or wasp waist might be perfect. The shorter length makes everyday tasks easier as well. However, some women worry about creating a bulge between the corset and their jeans. A longline corset worn on an average torso will come down around the top edge of the hip and prevent any unwanted bulge. It's worth noting that different styles vary as to side length and accent points that create longer lines depending on where set the tape measure.
A tip from our in-house model, Danielle: It's OK to adjust the loops on your corset (see corset lacing instructions) to align with your natural waist. For example, I have a long waist, which means the smallest part of my waist is lower than most belted tops or dresses attach the belt...or in this case where the pull loops are usually placed on the corset. I find if I re-lace the corset and moves the pull loops down, the corset laces more evenly. Larger busted women may find this helpful when lacing an overbust corset as well.