anyone know where to buy a strong cincher/underbust corset? I kinda want to buy something to give me a bit more waist/hip definition when i’m feeling girly, but I’ve got a REALLY thick waist- I need to lose weight. Thoughts?
I’m working on the basis that you’re on a tight budget, so this advice reflects that! There are other corsetiers and other price ranges you can look at, but I figure this is a good start. I’m also only recommending off-the-rack corsets since this will be your first.
Based on others’ reviews, I can recommend Orchard Corset (US), What Katie Did (UK), Morgana Femme Couture (UK), and Timeless Trends (US). I believe all of these corsetiers ship internationally, though, and who you buy from depends on the price range and silhouette you prefer, and sizes available.
- No matter where you get your corset from, I definitely recommend cotton or a coutil (fabric made specially for corsetry) since they’re both strong and breathable.
- Choose a size that’s 4-6” smaller than your natural waist to allow you to cinch down properly.
- When choosing an OTR corset, try to check the centre-front, underbust to waist, and waist to lap measurements wherever possible. Make sure the corset won’t be too long on you, which would make sitting down either awkward or impossible.
- If you’re looking to wear it at more than a couple of inches reduction of the waist, make sure it has steel bones rather than plastic, which will warp and possibly hurt you if you try to cinch down too much. Plastic bones aren’t suitable for tightlacing or waist training.
- When you get it, remember that you have to ‘season’ a new corset so that it can mould to your body-shape and become less stiff. Many people follow the 2-2-2 rule, where they wear it at no more than a 2” reduction for 2 hours a day for 2 weeks. After this, be sure to only lace down to a comfortable level, and don’t be afraid to loosen your laces if you need to, or even take the corset off and work up to wearing it for longer hours.
I hope this helped! If you have any more queries I’m happy to help out, or you could check out Lucy Corsetry (Bishonenrancher) on youtube or tumblr. She has a wealth of knowledge on all things corsetry, and if you have a question she’s probably written or made a video about it. Good luck!
Thank you so much! I’m thinking about getting the CS-426 from Orchard Corsets, and this helped tons. Quick question- would going down 10” for waist sizing be too much? I’m quite squishy.
Not a bother! The 426 is gorgeous - too long for me, unfortunately.
The reduction you can take completely depends on your body and the style of the corset, honestly. Those with conical ribs will be harder to get a high reduction with off the bat, compared to those that nip in under your rib cage. You also have to factor in the underbust and hip sizes, because even if you could theoretically achieve a 10” waist reduction, it’s possible the corset won’t close at the top and bottom if there’s not enough room. The 426 has hips 12” larger than the waist (called a hipspring) and underbust ~6” larger, so if that works with your body measurements then you could certainly try. I’d only recommend a first-time corset with that large a reduction if your natural waist is larger than 38” though, because that’s what Orchard Corset recommend!