What you MUST know BEFORE buying a Corset!
- Will a corset reduce my waist?
Waist training is a popular topic right now. Will it reduce your waist shape? Yes and no. To reduce your waist it is necessary to wear a corset on a regular basis. Daily is perfect but even a few times a week is going to make a difference. Wearing it randomly you won’t see much difference I am afraid to tell you :)
One of the benefits of wearing a corset is that it gives you an hourglass svelte shape which can be empowering and can instantly reduce your waist up to 2-3 inches. Is it just a cheats way for people not wanting to diet or exercise? No amount of yoga or pilates can create the shape a corset does in just a few minutes! Your posture is improved, making you stand and sit straighter. Although diet and exercise certainly will help ;) Corsets are not to be used as a substitute for diet and exercise, sorry to burst your bubble!
How long until you see results, you may ask. Some bodies take easily while others are more resistant. It depends on how pliable your muscles in your core are. If you have alot of flexibility you will corset more quickly.
- Can corsets hurt or damage you in anyway?
There is no evidence to suggest a corset can damage your organs/body. The negative effects of wearing a corset are similar to wearing very tight jeans, a little extra sweatiness when hot. As long as you waist train correctly and wearing the proper size your unlikely to cause any harm.
- How to choose the correct size corset?
As each corset and all sizes do vary going off size alone is not always the best option. A size small in one item is not equal to a size small in measurements in another totally different item. This is why it is ALWAYS ideal to go off the measurements provided on all our listings. Cross-checking these will ensure the fit of the garment you purchase is suitable.
Please follow these steps to buy the correct size:
Step 1: Select the corset instore you are interested in purchasing.
Step 2. Scroll down to the measure guide on the centre of the listing.
Step 3. Measure your bust and waist as shown on the points on the picture on the model (top of this page) and make a note of them.
Step 4. Deduct 6-8cms off your waist & bust measurement this is the corset waist measurement you need to buy.
Step 5. Cross reference the measurement chart on the item listing you are buying. You need to check under the waist measurements section and choose the size that matches your waist measurement taken above (less the 6-8cms). Your measurements should be ideally in the middle range or towards the middle-end of the TO measurement. If you find your measurement is on the border of the To measurements listed, you need to go up one size.
Step 6. Once you have matched your waist measurement to the chart on the item listing you should find that your bust measurements also should fit inline with the same size chosen.
If you find there is a slight variance in the bust it is still advisable to choose based on the waist measurement. However if you find there is a big difference, the instructions may not have been followed correctly. It is advisable to re-measure and go through the steps above to ensure best fit.
The fit of corsets normally allow for the 6-8cm gap in this measurement guide. If you prefer a smaller/no gap we suggest you go up a size.
- Which type of corset is best steel boned or plastic?
It depends on what you want to use it for. Steel boned are ideal for waist training and if you simply want a quality corset to wear for special occassions or eveningwear. Plastic boned are designed for costumes, looks and fashion and not for everyday waist training.
- How are corsets supposed to fit?
A corset is meant to be worn snug-it should not crush you to the point where you can’t breathe. It should feel comfortable to wear and this includes when you sit. It needs to be worn and positioned correctly on your torso and the correct way up (right side up) yes we have seen cases where the customer has it on upside down!
Lace the corset correctly on your waist: the upper and lower edges will be closer than the mid waistline section. A gap of 2-3 inches top and bottom and 4-5 in the middle. A good fitting corset will have a gap at the back section of the garment as you need to be able to cinch it in at the waist with the laces. If there is no gap this is a sign it is too big for you as we always size down in corsets to allow for this.
I hope this guide has answered any questions you may have and makes it easier to understand if your in the market for one. You can see our range here and take advantage of our special customer offers: