Corset Info

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Corset Sizing

Corsets are wonderful creatures that help us look thinner and more defined. Even a toned, naturally small waist will look more accentuated with a corset. It is not necessary to have a trained waist or to have a goal to waist train to wear a corset as you may order even 1.5-2" below your natural waist to accomodate the lacing but not hold you in too tight. Corsets are comfortable additions to your special event or every day attire.

In Stock items are marked in your option drop box either Small, Medium, or Large; or by waist size.

Custom made corsets and "Special Order" items require a special set of measurements that we will send to you that will be specific to the item you order.

If you are purchasing your corset for waist training purposes and have never waist trained before, we recommend that you order a corset that is 2-3" below your natural waist, or up to a full 5" if your waist is bigger than 34", or if you prefer a wider lacing area in back. If your waist is already trained, we trust your judgement with how many inches you would like your expected waist. It is important to specify that you will be training with your corset.

Corset Care

If you follow these simple tips to properly break in your new corset, then it should last a lifetime, if not close.

1. Be sure to break it in properly and slowly by not tight lacing for the first few wearings and after at lease one washing. This will allow the boning to conform to your body and the stictching ease into its new form on your body.

2. Due to the nature of the fabrics used, you may hand wash your corset with cold water and a very mild soap. Do not use any soap with any kind of moisturizers or oils in it (such as body wash or shampoo) as these elements may break down the fabric over time. Some corsets require dry cleaning. Special instructions will be included with your order if this is the case.

3. Do not leave in direct sunlight.

4. If you find any loose threads, please do not pull them, instead snip them close to their base.

5. Your order is guaranteed against defect in workmanship. This does not include stupidity or carelessness. If you do have any problems with your order please feel free to contact me. Examples of what would fall under the guarantee: Item falls apart if you look at it , seam splits under normal and reasonable use. Examples of what would not fall under the guarantee: tight lacing too soon causes a seam to split, dog food spilt on front not cleaned off and subsequently dog chews it to a gooey pulp. If you have any problems with your corset we will be happy to repair or replace your item. No refunds.

Corset History

There were many different kinds of corsets that date back to the 15th century. It is hard to say if they were made before that period of time because of the lack of evidence. Corsets were most always worn by both the upper class women and men. Many types of corsets have been worn throughout history for many different reasons. Originally created as under garments to shape the body by shrinking the waist down to a minimum of twelve inches, or augmenting the bust, we see many modern designs created solely as fashionable outerwear.

In the beginning of the 15th century, a resemblance of the corset started as breastplates and armor men wore. Later in the century, the Gothic period shaped fashion into more formfitting attire. Although there were no official corsets at the time, bodices that were stiffened with extra fabric and brass or wire started to make appearances. By the Renaissance Era, 16th Century, men started fashion of polished and decorated breastplates for top officials. Women in Spain began to desire a more figure representing fashion as well and hence developed the corset. The first corsets were made out of heavy fabric, canvas, or leather and stiffened with wood or metal. The first corsets were not intended to decrease the size of ones waist, simply accentuate it and create an announcement of wealth or upper class. During this period of time many different countries developed their own style from Spain’s style of corset. In England, the Tudor Corset utilized iron corset covers for both men and women, while France, Germany, and Italy preferred a less stiff style to create a wider hip. Toward the end of the Renaissance Era, 16th Century, Queen Elizabeth I created the "Elizabethan Corset" inspired by the Tudor, but with a less rigid and emphasized waist.

In Europe the 17th Century Baroque made its mark with art and architecture and emphasized dramatic curving forms, elaborate ornamentation, and an overall balance of disparate parts. Corsets became smaller, utilized more curves, and tightlacing made its first appearance.

The 18th Century the style of art was "Rococo", which encompassed playful, shell-shaped decoration. The corsets in this time period had more decorations, maintained a strait front, and used whale bones to create stiffness (hence the term whaleboning). Slowly, corsets became part of the outer garment. This design needed shoulder straps and hip gussets to have a smooth transition to the skirt. Toward the end of the century the waistline was moved up to underneath the bust line (empress waist) which resulted in the “divorce corset.”

19th Century corsets were laced down the back and in the front from the lower chest to the waist, such as the riding corset. The corset obtained elaborate bust cups and a new front closing mechanism called the busk. Throughout the century corsets became more "technically advanced". The busk improved and back laces were pulled through metal eyelets (or grommets). Corsets began to see mass production that few could afford. Styles began to vary from the Victorian Corset (1900-1914) to the Edwardian Corset (1900-1910), and made out of many different types of fabrics.

The 20th century found itself tight at the waist to create an "S-line" corset. It allowed the bust to be forced forward and the buttocks backward. WWI saw a dramatic decline in the fashion of corsets. Health problems from extreme tightlacing was documented more throughly and the leg began to creep in as a woman's sexy attribute, rather than a tiny waist pair with cleavage. The bra was invented and the underbust corset gained popularity as they were cheaper to make. Modern corsets incorporate all styles, are made from many types of fabrics, for fashion, function, and fetish.

Article by Cassie Bowers, thank you Cassie!

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