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1.  What is Corset?

A corset is a garment worn to hold and shape the torso into a desired shape for aesthetic or medical purposes (either for the duration of wearing this item, or with a more lasting effect). Both men and women are known to wear corsets, though women are more common wearers.

The most common and well-known use of corsets is to slim the body and make it conform to a fashionable silhouette. For women this most frequently emphasizes a curvy figure, by reducing the waist, and thereby exaggerating the bust and hips.

For men, corsets are more customarily used to slim the figure.


2.  How to BUY a corset?

Buying a corset may sound easy, but there are far more things to consider than many people realize. The type of corset you will need to buy will depend on the purpose you want it to serve, as a corset created for one purpose can be very different from a corset created for another purpose, and may have a dramatically different price tag.

There are several steps you need to know when buying a corset


Decide what type of boning you require in your corset.

  • Plastic boning is the cheapest and most common type of boning found in modern corsets. If you're after a pretty top or something to impress in the bedroom, then go for this option. It's cheaper than other types and you will have plenty of designs and styles to choose from. Plastic boning cannot be used for waist training and should not be laced tightly, as this can cause the plastic to bend and dig in. If you choose an overbust corset and have large breasts, you should avoid plastic boning as it will be uncomfortable and will not provide enough support.
  • Steel boning comes in two different types, spiral steel and flat steel. Spiral steel is more flexible than flat steel, and they are often both used in the same corset. This type of boning provides a lot more support than plastic boning and is usually much more comfortable. While corsets with steel boning are usually a lot more expensive, if you are planning on wearing your corset regularly or for long periods of time, the benefits of buying a corset with this type of boning are well worth the additional cost. Not only will it be much more comfortable, but it will last much longer and is far less likely to lose its shape. A steel boned corset can be used for waist training if the overall construction of the corset is strong enough.    
  • Double boned corsets (the boning should be steel) are normally used for waist training. They have twice as much boning as a normal corset and so can offer far more support and so can be laced tighter. If you want to significantly change the shape of your body, these will give the best results.



Decide whether you want an overbust or underbust corset?

  • An overbust corset covers the breasts, while an underbust corset stops just below them. Underbust corsets are far easier to buy off the rack than overbust corsets as they go by the waist measurement only, rather than waist and bust. If you are planning on wearing your corset underneath your clothing an underbust corset is far less obvious than an overbust corset.


Take your measurements with a tape measure.

  • If you are buying your corset off the rack you will need to know your waist    measurement and, if you are buying an overbust corset, the measurement around your bust.
  • If you are ordering a custom corset online they will tell you what measurements they need. This will probably include the measurements around your bust, just below your bust, your waist and your hips. They will also need to know the vertical distance between each of these measurements in order to give you the best fit possible.
  • If you are buying a custom made corset from a shop, they should fit you for the corset there, and you won't need to take any of your own measurements.
  •  You can refer to size chart to order according to your perfect size.




Consider the type of fabric you want?

There are a lot of options here and this will have a huge impact on the final look of your corset, so pick carefully. Some fabrics to consider are:

  • Satin (or satin polyester) - This produces a very shiny corset and is especially common for corsets sold as underwear.
  • Taffeta - This is usually less shiny than satin, and so doesn't look quite so much like underwear if you plan to wear your corset as a top. This is a good option if you want a plain corset but want to avoid looking like you forgot to get dressed.
  • Brocade - These beautiful woven fabrics make a corset look elaborate without the need for additional embellishments.
  • PVC - Not the kind of thing you're likely to go out in public in, but if you're after something to spice things up behind closed doors this might be just what you're looking for.
  • Lace - While you won't find any corsets made out of lace alone, a satin corset covered in lace can look very effective. Lace is also very commonly used to add embellishments to a corset.


Consider the way you want your corset to fasten at the front?

While most corsets will lace up at the back, there are a number of different options for the front of the corset:

  • A steel busk - This usually has five or six large clips on that secure the corset and create a straight line down the front of the corset. This is the most common way to fasten a steel boned corset.
  • A zip - Zips are often used on reversible corsets (corsets that are designed to be worn inside out to give two different designs) but may not be strong enough if you are planning on using your corset for waist training.
  • Wire hook and eye closure - These take forever to fasten up each individual clasp and while they are much more discrete than the clips on a steel busk, they are not even close when it comes to strength. Great for fashion corsets that won't be laced tightly, but otherwise they should be avoided.
  • Laced up - You can choose to have a corset that laces at the front and back. While this can look pretty, you run the risk of looking like you're just dressing up.


Buy the right size of corset?

  • Steel boned corsets are usually designed to reduce your waist by 4-5 inches, but some waist training corsets are designed to reduce it further, to around 6-7 inches smaller than the natural size of your waist. If you aren't sure how the sizes work then refer to size chart after taking your BUST, WAIST & HIP measurement.

3.  How should I clean my corset?

If you need to clean your corset, it should be professionally dry cleaned. Your corset should never be washed.Where possible, wear something between the corset and your skin to reduce the frequency of washes.

If your corset does become wet, follow the instructions given in our "Can I wash my corset?”FAQ

4.  Can I wash my corset?

Your corset should never be washed. If your corset does become wet, you must make sure that it is dried as soon as possible, without damaging the corset, in order to prevent the steel spring boning from rusting. If you have been unable to prevent the steel spring boning from rusting, rust spots should be cleaned with a fabric safe rust remover.

Never dry a wet corset over a metal hanger or other metal object.

Never wash or dry your corset in a machine.

5.  Difference between overbust and overbust?

An overbust corset encloses the torso, extending from just under the arms to the hips. An underbust corset begins just under the breasts and extends down to the hips. Some corsets extend over the hips and, in very rare instances, reach the knees. A shorter kind of corset, which covers the waist area (from low on the ribs to just above the hips), is called a waist cincher. A corset may also include garters to hold up stockings (alternatively a separate garter belt may be worn for that).

6.  How do I put on a corset?

i.      First loosen the laces at the back and open the busk.

ii.     Put it on and fasten the front busk first.

iii.    Once the front busk is fastened, start lacing the laces at the back slowly.

iv.    Corsets need to be tightly laced to acquire the 4 inches.

        Please note, it is suggested that someone helps you while lacing to ensure it is   even and tightly laced. You can see on YouTube several self-lacing videos by professionals, you can see the same. Please contact us for any problems.


7.  Can a corset help me look slimmer?

Corsets are basically meant to help you look slimmer. The original purpose of corsets is to reduce the waistline. Our authentic steel corsets reduce average 4-5 inches off the waist when worn. And Waist Training Corsets help you reduce that same amount if worn faithfully for 4-5 hours a day for average period of 7-9 weeks.


8.  Can a corset help me lose weight?

Not exactly, Corsets are meant to reduce the waist size. However actual weight does not change by wearing corsets. Their job is to give a full feminine hourglass figure to you.


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