Battle of the Corset Curve
Hello OC Blog Readers! We have many customers asking us why we don't have a Level 3 standard length underbust corset. We have the VERY popular CS-426 longline corset (Level 3) and the CS-411 standard underbust corset (Level 2). I have both corsets, and recently started wearing my black 411 again. When I laced it up, I thought "hmmm...this seems just as curvy to me as my 426." This set me out on a little experiment.
I grabbed two brand new corsets: a 426 in size 26 and an underbust 411 in a size 26. With the corset fully laced shut and the busk closed, I laid the 426 down on a table, then placed the 411 over the top, lining up the waists on both corsets. Then I pulled the hips out on both corsets....and as I suspected they had the SAME CURVE! I did this with the top edge as well and got the same result.
Well, why, you ask, is the CS-411 UB a Level 2 and the CS-426 a Level 3? Simple, when we determine a corset's silhouette level, we measure the corset fully closed at the waist, bottom and top edges. The 426 is several inches longer than the 411. If the 411 continued on with it's rate of curve, it would measure out the same as the 426. (We may need to modify our revolutionary Silhouette Level system)
Both corsets are double-steel boned, but the 411 UB contains 16 and the 426 has 22. The panels are longer in the 426, so additional boning is needed for stability and to maintain the shape of the corset. These are fabulous corsets and each provide great curves and support. The 426 is not only longer, but has a contoured underbust line that really accentuates your bustline. If you have really large breasts, you might not wish to do this. The 411 has a straighter bustline, which makes it easier for me to wear out over my clothes in public without looking too over-the-top (pun intended).
I will continue to wear both, as they are quite comfortable and have really improved my posture at work on my computer. Just know that you are getting extreme curves with either corset!