Not as many women wear corsets as they used to, but they still provide a really attractive fashion option. It’s important you get the right corset, so we’ve put together this guide to help you decide which corset to buy. One of the most important things for you to think about is the boning. Sometimes this will be made from plastic, which means it’s a bodice, not a corset. Go for a flexible steel boning that will be sturdy but still let you be comfortable.
It’s vital that your corset is comfortable to wear so you should also pay close attention to the sizing of them. Bear in mind that they are measured according to your waist size rather than normal dress sizes, so this will affect which one you choose. Try a few on to see what fits best, but if you have 26 inch waist then a 24 inch corset should be fine. Generally, people go for a size that’s two inches smaller than their waist.
When deciding which corset to buy, you also need to think about the lining as, if the lining isn’t good, the corset won’t be durable and it won’t hold its shape very well. It’s fine to choose one that has a fashion fabric on top, as long as the lining underneath is made of a really strong fabric such as heavy canvas or drill. This will help ensure your garment is of good quality and that it lasts a long time.
Also consider the fastenings of the corset as these are important for holding it together and receive a lot of wear when you’re lacing and unlacing it. Try and go for laces that are made from cotton as these are sufficiently strong, whereas ribbons might look nice but they fray quite easily. Also make sure eyelets are supported by boning so there’s not too much tension and that they are properly attached rather than being glued on, or else they might fall off.
One last thing to consider is the appearance of the corset. They are often worn as fashion items these days, so it’s a good idea to go for something eye catching that looks really attractive, such as one that has intricate embroidery all over it. You should be able to wear your corset in place of a regular top, so bear this in mind. Just remember the quality of the garment is equally as important as what it looks like or else it might just fall apart.
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