Corset 101: My Corset Doesn’t Fit Right

Common Reasons Why Your OC Corset Isn’t Working for You

Solutions to Corset Fitting Problems


Underbust OC Corsets: 305, 411 and 426 shown here

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).


V-shape lace closure on 426

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.


305 offers moderate curve

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.

Double Steel Boned Black Satin Corsets: CS-426 and CS-411

Longline vs Standard Length with the same curve

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.

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90 Responses

  1. Samantha


    I ordered and received my c426 short in a size 30 underbust corset my measurements are 42 37 41 with a torso of 9″. I started to season it but there is A LOT of gapping in the hips and top of the corset. Also I am waist training and really want to lose the lower belly from where I was pregnant it seems the short corset doesnt exactly cover enough for me but it seems to be the right length when I sit. Please Help!!!

      1. Could you please submit a picture of the gapping to our sizing experts at info@orchardcorset.com? They will be able to tell if it is gapping that will end up closing with seasoning or if you have a style that doesn’t suit your measurements. I noticed in your original sizing request that you had your upper hip measurement at 43 inches rather than 40″. Can you confirm which is correct? That measurement in particular is important when we are recommending a corset from the 426 line as you need to have plenty of natural curve or some extra fluff to fill out the hips of the corset.

  2. shakima1

    I’m looking to buy my first corset to waist train…I have a belly overhang which makes it difficult to measure my torso length but here are my measurements.

    UB 37.5
    Waist 41.5
    Upper hips 43

    Torso measured from under bust to bottom of overhang which sits on top of my upper hip area is 13. Which corset should I begin my waist training with and what size?

    1. Hi Shakima-Based on the measurements you gave me I would recommend a CS-301 in a size 32.  You may also be able to wear the CS-411 or CS-345 in a size 32 but there is a chance you may have some gapping at your under bust because your waist measurements is larger than your under bust.  If you are squishier in the stomach area there is a chance any extra squish will be redistributed to fill in the gapping but I can not guarantee it.  The CS-301 is our 8 inch waspie and does not come to the under bust area therefore gapping is not a concern. Hope that is helpful!

  3. sacha

    Hey! I ordered a corset from you and I have been breaking it in 5days now :) however, I find that the underbust (top edge) area doesn’t seem to be coming in to my body as well as the bottom edge . I’m wondering if this corset may be a little too large for me. My measurements are 32,30,35

      1. sacha

        I haven’t cinched it in as much yet since breaking it in. But I’d say the modesty panel is about 2 inchs behind one end. And it feels quite close. It’s just the top, at the front is a Lil loose…

  4. Sam

    Hi Cheri,

    I am looking to buy my first ever corset for waist training and wondered what you would recommend? My measurements are:

    Underbust 32″
    Waist 29″
    Upper hip 34″

    Thanks :)

    1. Hi Sam,

      Happy to! I think the 305 in a size 24 will be a great fit for you! Try it both right side and upside down to see with is the better fit for you-as often we have less give at the top edge than at the bottom and your upper hip and underbust are similar.

  5. Lindsay

    I only just discovered this site, despite having been a fan and occational wearer of corsets for many years. I wear a lot of costumes as a cosplayer and a pin up model and many require corsets but I do not do any serious waist training. I have recently decided I would like to start some mild waist training to help me get a little bit more of a defined hourglass shape. Your mesh underbust corsets have particularly piqued my interest, as I prefer breathable corsets and would really like an underbust one. I wonder if you could give me a recommendation on whether one of these would work for me. My measurements are:

    Underbust: 43″
    Waist: 41″
    Upper Hip: 48″

    Thanks a bunch for your help

  6. Geralynn

    I think I ordered the wrong corset for my body. I essentially have no hips. I ordered the CS 426 in size 30 and there is a huge gap at the hip area. I’m not sure if the CS 411 will fit me or if I need another style all together. My measurements are:

    UB 34.5″
    Waist 35.5″
    Hip 37″

    Thank you for any help or suggestions. I love the feel or your corsets and can’t wait to find one that fits me! :)

    1. Hi Geralyn, yes, you need to have some hips to wear that 426! Based on your measurements the best corset would be our CS 305 in a size 30. If you really like the contouring of the 426, you could also try the 345 in a size 28 or a size 30. Order a 28 if you are relatively squishy and get the 30 if you are more form.

  7. aki

    help! dont know which one is best for me :(
    im 5’1 tall, tummy area is my major concern after having kids.
    UH- 38

    thanks!!! :)

  8. Valerie


    My UB is 31.5″, my waist is 33″, UH is 40.5 and my torso length is about 9.5. What type of corset should I pick?? I’ve watched your videos, which are very informative and I’ve read articles from your website but I’m still confused.

  9. Lauren

    Hi Cheri! I’ve been debating for a long while what style corset to purchase from OC. I adore the shape of the 426 but am worried that I wouldn’t have enough hip flare to fill it out. My measurements are UB: 28, W: 27, high hip: 32, full hip: 36. I was considering getting a size 20 because I am very comfortable in corsets and cinch down pretty easily, and I wear a 20 in Timeless Trends. I’m quite sure I have the torso length for the 426, but am more concerned about the hip flare. Additionally, I would want to have a very wearable corset, and so am a little hesitant about the 426 as well (oscillating between 426 and the shorter 411 for this reason). Thank you in advance for your advice!

    1. Hi Lauren,

      If you comfortable in a size 20-the I would recommend that in the 345 or the 305 for you. You are correct in that you do not have the hip spring for the 426 and even the 411 would be ample at the hip for you.

  10. CJ

    I am a newbie to this and am excited to get started. Looking to purchase some corsets for waist training. UB – 34, W – 36, UH – 40, and torso is 10.5. Was looking into the CS-305 and CS-201. Is there other corsets that would be better. Also, was thinking about a waist cincher as well. Any advise you could give would be very helpful. Thanks

    1. Hi CJ,

      I think a size 30 in the 305. If you want the 201-size down to a 28 int that style. Also the 345 should work in a size 28 or 30 (depending on how firm vs soft you are).The cinchers (from any of our shapewear manufacturers) are just sold by waist size and each product will have a sizing chart. The Vedette 103 and 348 are very popular.

  11. Paige Brown

    Help! I ordered the CS-345 as my first corset and just received it last week. When I tried it on it doesn’t fit right even after all my research and measuring! What should I do? The first time I put it on loosely I only had about 2-3″ on top before it would fully be closed (so I thought maybe its too big) but then the bottom of my corset had more room (about 5″) before it would be fully closed. The bottom edge of the corset sticks out too, not sure if that is part of the style or not but I had lots of room near my hips.. I’m thinking of choosing a different style altogether to start with and a smaller size? Instead of my CS-345 in size 26, maybe go for the CS-305 in size 24? Help please!

      1. Paige Brown

        Underbust: 31.5″
        Waist: 30″
        Upper Hips: 36″

        I spoke to someone over the phone at OC this afternoon and they recommended sticking with the CS-345 but dropping down to a size 24. What do you think?

  12. Clover .A

    Your blog has been so useful for an utter corset newbie such as myself ! I cannot wait to order my first corset from you guys! However I feel just a teensy bit overwhelmed as to what style would fit me best!

    I have an under bust of 34″, a 32″ waist, and a 37 1/2″ upper hip measurement. My torso length is just shy of 11″. I would really appreciate a nudge in the right direction when it coms to the style I would need!

    1. Hi Clover-

      There IS a lot to learn for a newbie! That’s why we’re here though. I’d suggest a size 26 in the 345 or 305, although if you are ‘squishy’ you could probably size down to a 24 in the 345.

  13. shika

    Hi Cheri, I also need help on deciding which corset to order.
    Height: 5’3
    Weight: 147
    Under bust: 34″
    Waist line : 35″
    Upper hip: 36.5″
    Torso length : 10.5″ or 11″

  14. Maredyth

    Hi Cheri,
    I am trying to correctly size a waist trainer for my squishy body type but I am having a tough time figuring out what would work best. I am 5’4″, 186lbs, and my measurements are:
    Under bust: 39.5″
    Natural Waist: 37″
    Upper hip: 42.5″
    Under bust to upper hip: 10″
    Your advice is greatly appreciated! :)

  15. jscruz

    I’m trying to find the best corset for my body. My measurements are: upper: 32-31-38 and my torso is about 11/12 inches long. Can you recommend a corset and size?

  16. C

    I think I got the wrong croset. I ordered the CS-426 I got it Tuesday and I wore it for 2 hrs and 2 hrs today. I noticed it touches my lap when i sit down. What can I do?

    1. Hi C,

      If you are unable to wear the corset (and don’t ever plan to sleep in your corset) you can exchange it. However there will be a 25% restocking fee as that corset will no longer be in new condition. If the size is accurate, the 411 or the 345 should work in the same size.

  17. lulu

    Hi, I bought the cs411 to begin waist training for the first time and I have only worn it once. I have a short torso and my measurements are 29-25-30. It was recommended that I buy a size 20 or 22. My hips seem to fit in it fine with a small gap, but there is a huge gap at the top. Should I expect that to go away? Is it normal?

  18. desi

    hello I have the 426 and the corset keeps sliding up my boobs…. im wearing it over top a dress not sure if that is why but I know its not the length bc it slides before I even think about sitting and when I do sit its 3in or more away from my leg…. the one 1 got is 1 u suggested after I told u my mesurements

  19. Aniesha

    I have a natural 26 inch waist and i just received my 301 in a size 20 I know that on the first wear you shouldn’t over tighten. Well right now I have about 1 inch before the modesty panel will close is that ok?

    1. Hi Aniesha,

      I think perhaps a 22 would be better. Tough at the 26″ waist as you could really go either way-depending on how squishy you are and how much length you have to play with.

  20. Nina


    I am really confused of what is best for my body shape cs-411 or the 305. My measurements are W=36.5, UB= 32.5, UH=40 and torso around 9 inches.


    1. kai

      hi did it fit perfectly on you? our measurement is almost the same especially on the lenght of the torso.are you comfortble when you sit?

  21. Dayana calv

    Hi I just got my cs 411 and it looks like my rib cage is too wide. It leaves a huge gab and is noticeable when I wear a shirt over my corset, does this mean a cs 305 is the one I need?

      1. dayana calvo

        I did try it on upside down yesterday and I have the same problem. . Underbust: 38 waist: 30 hips: 36…
        I was also taking under consideration the CS 345?
        I am 5″4 170 lbs

        1. So you have an underbust measurement of 38″? That is 8 inches more than your waist, and will definitely pose a a problem sizing in an off the rack corset. The 301 may be your only option as it is short enough that it may miss your pronounced rib cage.

          1. dayana calvo

            I’m just wondering if the corset is supposed to do this since it is not seasoned! I will send you guys pictures later to see what yall think

  22. Richelle

    Hi there. I ordered my corset yesterday and got it today. Thank you. However I put it on and only have maybe 1/2 inch or less left before the backs touch and I really don’t care for the point at the bottom. I have the cs 411 satin 26. Do I need a smaller size and can you suggest a different one that push down on me. Thanks

  23. Mel

    I have a ’22 CS 411 , and the too part is too big on the sides. It first perfectly at the hip and it’s on correctly: pins to the left, hooks to the right. What’s the problem ?

  24. LaShawn

    I got my 426 longline yesterday and tried to jump in but it couldnt close it my wajstline js a 40 so I bought a 36..but I cant fit! I made sure it was right side up with bucles on the right i took it out so far the gap in the middle shows my back….should i get a bigger size?

  25. Gwendolyn

    is it possible to take a corset in at the top? I cant flip mine because it has like.. “boob cups?” I guess. It needs to be in like 2 inches I guess.

  26. Ash

    Hi! I’ve been wearing the satin CS-301 for a little over 2 weeks now. I began seasoning it as suggested and then started to season twice a day in order to shorten that period. Upon ordering the corset, my natural waist was 28″ so I ordered the 22″. Now, my waist w/o the corset is 26/26.5″. When I tighten my corset, it appears to be practically closed, but is measuring 24.5″ around the waist. Have I done something wrong? Could this have something to do with the modesty panel not being perfectly flat (I’ve been thinking about cutting it off..I never wear my corset on top of my clothes, just under with a liner)? Perhaps it’s because the “ears” aren’t aligned with my natural waist (they’re higher). Should I try to adjust the lacing? Please help!


  27. hakeemah

    hi lulu I was interested In purchasing a 411 in a size 26. my natural waist is 33. I am approx.. 5″4. Which corset do you recommend for me?

  28. Summer

    I just ordered the 411 in a 28 ( I have a 34-35inch natural waist). Great super fast shipping by the way. I’m only 5’3 so I thought the 426 would be too long. I find the 411 is too short and doesn’t cover enough at the top or bottom. There is also a big gap at the underbust and the bottom of the corset. I’m so sad :( What do you recommend?

      1. Summer

        I thought I would be a 28 in the 411, I consulted on the other bog about fitting and was recommended a 28 as well. I have a 36 bust, 34-35 waist , 38 hip and my torso length is about 11.5- 12.0 I do have quite a bit of squish since I just had a baby not too long ago. I also tried to flip the corset upside down, but the gap at the top is even worse and won’t lay flat. The 411 corset also seems quite short and leaves a lot of skin (roll) exposed. I’m wondering if this is why it seems to have a gap is maybe because it’s not coming down over my hip area far enough? Also, I know the corset is not too big because the entire modesty panel was visible when laced up. Maybe the 411 isn’t the best model for me?

  29. Nicole

    I didnt have a chance to get my exact waist measurement so I just took a guess. Im 5′ 100lbs and I ordered the 411 in a 24. I received my corset today and was actually able to close it with the back completely laced shut. It wasnt the easiest thing but it wasnt so hard that I was struggling. Should I have ordered it in a 22 maybe?

  30. lulu

    I need help im 5’6 210 pounds 32 c cup dize 13 and 14 in pants underwear size 5 if that could help someone help me I also have hips but not very big and I don’t have a very big rear end height and weight proportionate I just need to lose a lot of stomach area it’s not overwhelming but its not what I’m used to so this waist training is especially important for me I do believe that I can fit into a curvy corset and I know it’s kind of like why order if you don’t have your measurements but I know there’s a way around this anything’s possible so somebody PLEASE HELP HELP HELP a birthday girlthanks in advance for any and all replies

    1. Hi Lulu,

      Welcome to Orchard Corset. Unfortunately I do need to have at the very least your waist measurement in order to fit you in a corset. Chances are your underbust is about a 32, but your waist measurement is crucial to ordering a corset. If someone could swing a tape measure by your house, that’s all you will need. You can usually get them at the dollar store.

      1. lulu

        Hi there no one has one I was Thinking get size 32 if I can fit sons 34 inch waist jeans what do you think ? Im looking to buy many my 1st the navy blue with buckles in front to start I tried to call lol sundays off I should have known .

          1. lulu

            Hi cheri I ordered the navy blue in 34 so I pray its good for me I could not get a measure at all sad I know I am disabled and very seldom go outside but god works in awesome ways it shipped my birthday today 33 that was a gift from myself and brother cross your fingers but next round ill order online measurements tape blessed be

  31. lulu

    Im a homebody no way to get measurements
    how are you able to help me im really happy about ehen I can buy my corset birthday gift to me on 19th

  32. Laura

    This is a great post, very informative!
    Also, I love that you have the corsets broken down into silhouette levels and are very clear about the dimensions and what body type works best with which corset. Very helpful in determining which one to get!!

    I have 4 corsets from OC and all are fantastic (though I bought one a size too small, hopefully I’ll be able to get into it before long!), one of which was worn every night for 4 weeks straight and was amazing!

  33. Ken Holton

    Hi OC Blog,
    I hope you do not mind a post from a man. My problem is not poor fitting corsets so much as in finding the right fitting high waisted long leg girdle, as most of the ones I buy either ride up in the leg or ride down and fold over at the top. I gained weight about 10 years ago and have worn girdles ever since to maintain the same size of clothing, and I cannot imagine going anywhere now without wearing one.

    1. Eric

      Men may not get exactly the same curves as a female, but corsets can still help you look stunning.

      If you’re new to corseting or have a pretty straight body – nearly the same chest, waist, and hip measurements – take a look at the CS-305. It’s a great underbust corset to nip your waist 4-6″ and give you some of those curves you’re looking for. In my experience, the lambskin (leather) is particularly comfortable, and looks awesome!

      If you already have some curve at your waist, or are experienced with corseting, take a look at the CS-411 (shorter) or CS-426 (longer). They have a more pronounced curve and extra support to give you a more hourglass-like waist.

      A couple inches longer than the CS-426, and with a curve between the 305 and 411 / 426, is the CS-511. Although it’s designed as an overbust for women, I’ve seen it fit a few men, particularly with a longer torso (wearing it like an underbust) and/or a slightly larger chest than waist.

      Make sure you start by getting a cloth tape measure, taking honest measurements, and checking out the sizing guidelines on the OC website. If you have questions, just ask; their customer service is second to none.

      Disclaimer: I don’t work for Orchard Corsets, I’m just a customer offering suggestions from my own experience.

  34. Jo

    Important tips to remember! The fit guide is helpful too.

    I do find this advice very strange – “if you have a small, leaner frame without curves you will not be able to jump into something like a 426.”
    I have a small, lean frame without curves (I’m especially lacking in the waist-hip ratio and have no rear to speak of), and LOVE this style on me – so much that I had to come back for a second.
    It creates a little bit of curve where I have none, and doubles as being comfortably supportive. It’s also much better than overbusts for me to commonly wear as I overheat so easily.
    Presuming one has an accurate waist measurement and sizes down accordingly, and isn’t overly short in the torso – I am short in the torso but it’s never been enough to affect longline fit on me in any brand – I don’t see why this style couldn’t work.
    Personally, I go down 4-6 inches from my waist measurement and the fit of the 426 is great (the two-inch variation is based on minor circumference fluctuation on my end, not picking a different size to purchase).

    I do not wear corsets for waist training, nor have I ever done so. It’s possible that I am simply used to/comfortable in them; I wear corsets for both the look and for chronic back problems, and have been for years.

    1. Thank you for sharing Jo. We have many women that simply have too much corset room in the hip and leaves a gap between the corset and themselves (even fully laced at the bottom) and not being able to lace the waist or underbust. Much of this really depends on your bone structure and spacing as well. Every body is so different-which can make finding the right corset tricky!

      1. Jo

        Oh definitely! It’s great that you have so many styles and advice; no one has a “standard” body. I’ve had that issue in other styles (not from this company), so I was excited to find that the 426 is perfect for me, but I’m sure it’s not right for everyone =]
        Thank you for your reply!

  35. Cynthea

    This is actually very helpful! I originally purchased a corset that was not long enough. Than i proceeded to put it on wrong… lol
    Thank you for the information and tips!
    It does help to have a point of reference when getting confused about your corset.
    Love the way my Corset looks and feels! (so does my boyfriend & everybody else!)
    I recommend you to anybody i know thats looking into corsetry <3
    Thanks for the GREAT customer service and the great products you provide.

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