Category: Corsets

Self-Lacing a Corset

Hello Swimwear and Lingerie Friends.

I love the movement, the blurring of lines and the sheerness of this photo. Happy Wordless Wednesday.

Vintage Corset Picture

Vintage Corset Picture



Corset Fitting Tips

Hello All my Swimwear and Lingerie friends! It’s Fitting-Tip-Thursday and time for another little pearl of wisdom…

I was thinking that I might try to mix it up a bit this week and not have a rant. You know, give the old soapbox a bit of a rest.

{If this seems a bit out of character… it’s probably because I feel all sunshiney and happy from lingerie shopping all day!}

The fitting tip for today has to do with Corsets. Actually, it is more of a cautionary tale than a tip. Nope, scratch that… still a tip, but with a few good things to take into account first.

Generally, speaking, most people see a corset as a luxury item. I doubt that there are many people, aside from the truely passionate tightlacers, who see corsets as a staple of a well stocked lingerie drawer and daily attire.

I, however, would be one of those crazy types of people. No, not the tightlacers… pictures like this are enough to remind why extreme body modification isn’t really all that healthy:

But wait…don’t be scared! You can still wear a corset without any of the gut-squishing, breath-hampering issues, provided you don’t try to redistribute your innards through overly tightlacing and continual wearing.

I love the feeling of a corset, especially on days when I want to exude confidence and strength. A well-fit corset gives a gentle hug to your body and is quite a comforting feeling. Almost as cozy as a snug pair of flannel pjs but with twice the visual impact!

The real trick to a beautiful corset is actually not in the tightlacing, but in finding one that is a good match to your body type.

Most corsets sold in stores come in the usual ‘small-large’ sizing with a few coming in extra-small, petite or plus size. {Head nod and slow clap to the retailers that recognize that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes!}

These types of mass produced corsets will have varying waist sizes and lengths which are the real measurements that you will want to be aware. Basically, you just need to take the time to try on many different pairs and see which ones seem to work with your body size and dimensions. I have a wider back and shoulders but a rather short torso, so corsets can’t be too long or they won’t fit properly at my waist and hip.

A better sizing system for corsets comes in the bra sizing equivalent. For example, some corsets ar labelled as 38 D or 34 B. This may seem odd, considering that corsets are adjustable and meant to accommodate many sizes, however, there are several basic rules that you should understand when shopping for and wearing a corset;

1. A properly fit corset should NOT show the expanse of your back. No one looks good with their flesh straining and puffing out through their back laces. For more information on how to properly lace a corset to avoid the whole issue you can read the article I wrote for Treacle’s Lingerie Addict.

2. Corsets come in so many lengths that it helps to know your measurements before you order or try one on. The lovely folks over at Romantasy Equisite Corsetry have a great page detailing how to properly take these measurements, so I will point you there and let the experts walk you through it!

3. An easy fix, if you don’t have the funds to get a custom made corset {a purchase that is definitely on my wish list and when I do save up enough I will be going to Puimond for his superior product and excellent attention to detail} and have either a longer or shorter torso than “average”, is to look at the style of corset as well as the measurements.

With my short torso, I have found the best luck with under-the-bust styles (like this one from Vollers) and waist cinchers rather than the over the bust style. I don’t feel as though I am being artificially elongated or stuffed in a tube like L.S. Lowry’s sketches but have more freedom in my movements. Also, I tend to avoid the type of corset that is intended to smooth the hips as they seem to be more for the taller/longer crowd.

For a longer torso, an over-the-bust and/or over-the-hips style may be more forgiving for your body type like this Axford one.

Above all, you should feel comfortable and confident, because really whats the point in being all pinched and annoyed by your underpinnings? Life is too short for that, which is why I also advocate wearing all your lingerie regularly and not saving it for a special occasion!

Hope you found some helpful bits and pieces here and some ideas to marinate.



Ps. For all you Star Wars Fans out there….. how awesome are these?

Well, the New Year is almost here and can you believe I didn’t get a single piece of lingerie over the holidays?

Seriously!!!!! I love all my gifts of course, but… but… where are all the little bits of satin, lace and bows? I searched my stocking high and low for some chic womens stockings. Nope, nary a one. Sigh.

I think I have made it irrefutably obviously that I really love lingerie. Wouldn’t you agree?

So I guess, it is all up to me now.

Since I will be indulging myself, I am looking to Ophelia Fancy for their sumptuous and slightly naughty Queen of Hearts collection.

There are quite a few different items and several different looks possible once you begin to mix and match. Now, had I won the lottery, and could be completely indulgent, I would certainly go for the complete outfit; Queen of Hearts, Ruff, Corset and Knickers. How cute are they?

But in reality land (where I live, sadly) I must be a little more economical in my choices.

Let me see… hmmm. Well, while I am daydreaming let me introduce you to the design duo behind this gorgeous label.

Em and Stevi are quite possibly the most innovative and interesting designers on the lingerie scene at the moment! I adore each and every one of their collections and the wicked “off the beaten path” aesthetic they bring to their gallery photos and advertisements. Their lingerie has the vintage styling I adore and how creative are those pasties? So very cute!

Now, all I have to do is decide between the High Waisted Silk Knickers, Silk Slip or the Stunning Retro Styled Suspender Belt.

Bah…. I’m no good at choosing…. which would you choose?

I’m off to do some coin flipping and creative budgeting to make my decision…. wish me luck!



Girdles and corsets had a serious falling out of favor with the fashion industry over the past 50 years. That doesn’t mean that the need for them has disappeared, just that women grew sick and tired of the overly restrictive boning and chafing straps. Thanks to skin tight dresses and skimpy spaghetti strap tank tops, the majority of women are in a losing battle with their muffin tops (the unsightly bulge around, above and below straps and waistbands). Rather than resorting to full on Muumuus, women are again looking at the types of body shapers offered at their local lingerie stores and finding a surprising amount of variety and options. Today, I would like to look at shapewear and give an illustrated description of the various types. However, because it would be easy to speak for decades on each one, I will limit myself to one style per posting in order to give the garments their due process.

First up today will be Corsets:

Corset: The corset is not a medieval torture device.

Skeleton Crushing Device

An Edwardian Woman with her skeleton and internal organs completely rearranged due to her restrictive corset.

Rather than preventing women from breathing properly modern corsets are meant to enhance the figure a woman already has. She is wearing it to smooth out her lines rather than draw completely unhealthily and unrealistic ones.
Blue over the bust corset with ribbon detail and stocking clasps at base

Photo Courtesy of FairyGothMother

It is an essential piece of shapewear that has benefits beyond obvious aesthetics. A corset can be a simple over the bust article of clothing that either ties up or has multiple points of hook and eye closures. The portion surrounding the waist will help you to achieve a glamorous hourglass figure while the upper part sculpts the breasts into a pleasing projection with ample cleavage.
This type of lingerie can be worn as outerware or overtop of clothing for a more old world glamour look. It is the costumery feel of the corset that reminds the wearer of burlesque performers of the past and inspires such a strongly confident feminine mystique.

Corset and Skirt Combination

Photo Courtesy of FairyGothMother

The under bust variety is generally made to be worn with a bra and acts as more of a waist cincher and way of smoothing out any lumps or jiggle to showcase a smooth silhouette. This garment will also help the wearer to maintain proper posture and further support the spine throughout the day.

Corset worn as outerwear

Photo Courtesy of FairyGothMother

Likewise, whether you are a retro girly girl or a modern rocker, there are styles out there to satisfy every taste and body type. Just remember to ALWAYS try it on and move around to test it out properly. There is no point in buying something that doesn’t make you look and feel like an absolute diva.

Corsets as lingerie can convey either a glamorous good girl vibe:

Good Girl Shapewear

Photo Courtesy of La Magia

or make you seem darkly dangerous:
Black Corset Set

Photo Courtesy of La Magia

Next time we will cover girdles.