Common Reasons Why Your OC Corset Isn’t Working for You
Solutions to Corset Fitting Problems
Hello OC Blog Readers! As you can imagine, with so many unique bodies in the world we get emails and phone calls from customers who are having some trouble getting their corset to fit properly. At Orchard Corset, we sell several different styles of corsets to fit different shapes and corseting needs or goals (and looking to add more variety).
The most common complaint we get is that the top is too big, but the bottom cinches up just fine (or is too small). This is generally very easy to fix-the corset is on upside down. I can hear you giggling, but it happens more often than you might think. For our corsets, the loops or hooks will be on your right and the pins on your left as you are closing the busk. Also, the top edge will always measure smaller than the bottom edge on all of our corsets (this will help with the 331 as there is not split busk).
Many of our customers are looking to really give themselves an hourglass figure-and why not! However, if you have a small, leaner frame without curves you will not be able to jump into something like a 426. Another common issue is that the bottom closes up completely (V-shape lace closure) or worse, there is a gap at the hip. Sizing down will not likely fix this unless the corset is too big everywhere. A different corset style (like the 305) will probably work best. With much time and patience, many women will find they can eventually wear a curvier corset as their shape changes with dedicated waist training.
Many women who find the hip spring too big also have gap issues at the underbust or top edge of their corset. This problem is the same…not enough natural curve (or “fluff”) to fill out the corset-and the solution is usually the same. New corseters with minimal curves and leaner frames will probably need to begin with a less curvy corset like the 305. The 411 might work, despite the extreme curve it offers as it sits up above the hip and doesn’t have the same hip spring as the 426. I have a friend who has small waist and hips, but a more pronounced rib cage. This gives her a “V” lace as the top cannot close over her ribs. She is an athlete and very lean..so no fluff to help. In this situation a 411 worn upside down can do the trick-she doesn’t need the extra hip room, so why not flip it!
Finally, there is corset length. The CS-426 is very popular due the extreme curve and longline style that really accentuates curves and the high back the reduces that unwanted back bulge. The problem is that this is a longline corset and therefore not meant for everybody.
If you find your 426 rides up into your breasts or makes it uncomfortable to sit down because the bottom edge of the corset digs into your legs-this corset is too long for you. The 411 is the best alternative to the 426 with the same curve at the waist, without the extra length at the top and bottom edge.
Corseting is not an exact science (unless perhaps you are having a custom fit corset made). At Orchard Corset we have tried to make purchasing an off-the-rack corset more custom than other retailers with extensive sizing guidelines, silhouette levels and corset dimensions. At this time we offer three distinct underbust corset styles, with plans to add at least two more to provide a better fit to even more of our present and future customers. Check out our sizing page for detailed sizing information.