Video Blog: Can I Wear a CS-426 Steel Boned Corset?

From Our Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I Long Enough for the CS-426?

CS-426 Longline

CS-426 Longline

Hello OC Blog Readers! This must be one of our top 3 questions asked of our sizing experts at Orchard Corset. It’s not as simple as knowing your height, as very tall people can have very short torsos, and vice-verse. Our own Skylar is only 5’1″, but can wear a 426 (but prefers the 411). I have a very good friend who is 5’9″ and can barely wear the 411 she has such a short waist.

In this video, I show a simple test you can do at home to help determine if the 426 will work for you. Simply drop a tape measure from right under the center of your breast and see where that hits you at the 11″ mark. This is wear the corset will land on your body. Now try sitting down and imagine having a rigid steel boned corset resting there. As long as the corset doesn’t ride down below where your thighs, you should be alright.

Many women find that they like to have both corsets in their collection and use them for different purposes. The 411 allows most people a little more freedom of movement, so they choose to wear to work, do chores, etc. The 426 is longer with an exaggerated hip curve that provides a striking hourglass, so it gets worn either when just hanging around the house or to really make a statement at an event.  We have a blog that compares the 411 and the 426 and one that details the dimensions of the CS-426.

UPDATE: If you just don’t have the torso length for the CS-426, be sure to have a look at the CS-426 Short!

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104 Responses

  1. Hannah

    Hey there Cheri! I want to get in to waist training but I’m not sure which corset is right for me. I definitely want an under-bust because I have a hard time getting things to fit my chest and I feel it’ll be more comfortable. I have a long torso and am really liking the look of the CS-426. I carry a little more weight on the front of my stomach and on the sides right over my hips. I also want a corset that will be versatile enough that I can work my way down a couple levels before having to purchase a new one (I don’t exactly have the funds to be buying a new one too often). I’d really appreciate any advice you have (:

  2. Hey Cheri,

    I bought a 44 in a CS426 with a

    UB 50
    Waist 49
    UH 51
    Low waist 54

    Ive been seasoning over a week and can pretty much cinch it close. The flaps on the sides at the bottom are sticking out and not curving to my body. I carry all my weight in my belly not my hips so I feel like I bought the wrong type of corset. As well the top isn’t curving to my body either. I would say I need to wait longer to season but its cinched within a less than an inch of closing. I think I bought the wrong silhouette level but not sure. Help Me…

    1. Hi Shayla, unfortunately your corset is just too big for you. We would have suggested a size 40. At that size you might be able to cinch it to the point that the fluff from your middle would get pushed down (and up) to fill out the top of the corset and the bottom of the corset. Most likely, though, our 411 in a size 40 would be a better fit for you. It doesn’t have as much curve as the 426 and you likely wouldn’t have the gapping at the top and the bottom.

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  5. theresa

    I bought the steel boned corset earlier this year and I have only worn it once, but I have a question/issue. when I wear it my arms stick out like a robot so it make me walk like an animation or a robot so its not a natural walk. what to do about that

    1. Hi Theresa, I’d suggest just wearing it more. I know exactly what you’re saying, though. I had that exact feeling when I started wearing corsets, but I really don’t notice it at all now. Also as you season it and it molds to your body, it feels completely different than it does when it is brand new. Make sure you’re not lacing too tightly in the beginning as well.

      I’d love it if you’d come back and let me know how things feel after wearing it for a couple of weeks!

      1. theresa

        Thanks for your feedback Amy, I will try that and see if it helps. I haven’t worn it since june because I did not want to look and fell like Robo-cop. LOL. I will let you know it turn out. thanks again

  6. Shakia

    Hi my name is Shakia. I am new to the corset world and I am contemplating between the 426, 345, and the 411. I am 6 ft tall my ub is a 43, my waist is a 40 and my hip is a 45. Im contemplating between the three because of the under bulge. I was thinking the 426 but I dont have hips and I don’t those extra flaps on the side. I also wanna cover the back fat. Which size and corset is the perfect fit for me?

    1. Hi Shakia, I’d suggest a size 30 in any of those, just make sure to do the underbust to hip measurement to ensure that your sitting torso length is at least 11″. Good luck!

  7. Vanessa

    Hi Cheri!
    I am currently training with the cotton cs411 in a size 22 and have about 1.5″ left until I can close it.

    Now, I am ready to buy 3 or 4 more corsets in diff styles/fabrics because I’m obsessed!

    My measurements are:
    UB- 32″
    UH- 36″
    Full hip-38″

    What size would you recommend in the leather 426, cotton 426, mesh 201, leather 411, mesh 411, and cotton 345. I apologize for asking for so many styles. Thank you, I appreciate your help on my “little in the middle” journey.

    1. Hi Vanessa,

      I think you will want to stay in the 20 for any 411 and 345’s (that is about how my 22’s fit..and I can tell as I am not a “waist trainer” I will never size down to a 20-the difference is more significant than you might imagine) The 201 is more forgiving and you may find you can make the 20 work for that style. As for the 426..I think the 22 will be a better fit…however you will find the bottom closes up all the way. Once you have trained your natural waist closer to a 26 you will be ready for that in a 20!

      1. Vanessa

        I truly appreciate your help. I hope you are aware of the tremendous impact your advice and resources have on so many women’s (and some fabulous men) lives. We are lucky to have you and the rest of the Orchard Corset family. Thank you.

  8. daisy

    My underbust is 41 waist is 43 and hip 45, from under bust to hip is 11.5 I am new to waist training and was wondering which one would suit me best, again I am a first time user thank you. And I am interested in a underbust one

  9. christina nogueras

    Hi Cheri,
    I received my 426 in the mail today. Size 38. I’m wearing it right now seasoning it. My question is though is it normal to be unable to tie the pull loops together because it’s too tight? My laces are fully stretched out with the little bit of pull loop just hanging. Is that okay? I don’t want to mess up my corset.

      1. Christina Nogueras

        The modesty panel has a long ways to go till it reaches the other side lol i would say a good 3-4 inches of gap where you can see my shirt in the back, the bottom of the corset has already molded to my bottom half as i have A LOT of hippage, the top sticks out which is to be expected. just worried about be unable to tie a loop is all

  10. Eve

    Hi Cheri,I have been watching n reading a lot of questions about the CS 426,and I have order one already with size 30,and my measurement was under bust :34,waist:38,upper hips:42,lower hips:44,torso:11.Please I want to know if the CS 426 will fit me right?Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Eve,

      My only concern is that it will be too big at the underbust (and perhaps even the hip). Try it on when it arrives to be sure. If that is the case..the 345 or 411 in a in a size 30 should work.

  11. Christina Nogueras

    I feel like I more than fit the CS-426 lol but im not sure what size I need.

    Under Bust: 46.5 inches

    Waist: 47 inches

    Hips: 58 inches

    Torso: 14 inches (from under bust to belly button)

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  13. Cierra Pedersen

    Hello my name is Cierra I am very interested in waist training and I am so fascinated by the CS-426!!!!! But I’m worried my body type won’t match?! Any suggestions in what size/style to order??
    I’m new at this ;)

    Underbust: 38
    Underbust to hip: 11.5

  14. pam

    Hello, I am interested in waist training after I deliver my baby. Would you suggest a corset or your post partum products? In addition to a hour glass shape (I’ve always looked boxie even when thin) I want something long term I can use and that won’t cause my back flab (near the shoulders) to protrude.

    1. Hi Pam,

      We recommend a latex or spandex compression cincher immediately after giving birth (as your body often changes rapidly and it is difficult to determine corset size) for about 6-8 weeks and then move into a steel boned corset.

      1. Lynn

        oh wait is cause I’m not sure if I have to measure standing up or sitting down, cause when I’m sitting down it measures 9 inches even if I sit straight, but when I’m standing up it measures 12… sorry for the confusion :$

  15. Katie

    Hi, I’m new to this corset stuff and would love to get one, preferably the CS-426 but I’m no expert. My underbust is 34″, my waist is 33″, and my upper hip is 40″. Please help!

  16. Alexandria

    Hi! :) I love the 426 and have been wondering if it could work for me. I 5’5″ and my measurements are waist-33″, underbust-34 1/2, and top of hip is 42″. If I am measuring correctly, which I am pretty sure I am, my waist height is just under 12″.


  17. Sara

    Hello I was looking good to buy a corset from the website. I’m new to waist training My measurements are: underbust-34 Waist-32 and hips-38 torso 9 weight-180 and height 5’8

  18. niasha

    Hello I was looking good to buy a corset from the website. I’m new to waist training and I have just gotten together the money to purchase my first corset. My measurements are 34 inches underbust, 36 at the waist, 40 at the upper hip and 11 and 1/2 inch torso.. I do have quite a bit of flab on my stomach and a pooch so I measured below my pooch for the upper hip measurement. What size corset should I purchase?

  19. Kim

    Hi Cheri,
    I’m really interested in the CS-411 & was wondering what size to get… My measurements are: underbust-29. Waist-26 and hips-34 weight-130 and height 5’6 . I have a 22 in corset currently and can now fully lace it and am ready to go down another size, however I was wondering if I could skip from 20 to 18 in? When I started out with the 22in corset I was 28in naturally in my waist and had no problem fitting it. Please let me know what you think, thanks :)

    1. Kim

      Also wanted to mention even though I’m pretty lean all over my stomach is a little more on the “squishy” side…

    2. Hi Kim,

      You will find a huge difference between the 20 and the 22 (I have no problem with a 22, but absolutely cannot do a 20)-so I would recommend the drop to a 20.

  20. Daphne

    Hello Cheri,

    Like Keira, I too appreciate the same type of figure. Where we may differ is that I have a Diastasis recti that I am trying to close naturally without surgery. While exercising using Tupler technique and zumba combined, I wear a rubber waist cincher for the flexibility. But when exercise is over, I’d like to continue bringing my transverse muscles back together via corset waist training. These are my measurements….

    – Midline of bust to a comfortable sitting length11.5
    – bust circumference 34
    – under the bust circumference 29
    – Lowest bottom of rib/ waist circumference 25 & 1/2
    – Fleshy waist circumference 24
    – Start of hip bone circumference 32
    – Mid hip circumference 34
    – Lowest hip/bottom circumference 36 &1/2
    – Largest part of thigh 20 & 1/2 circumference (read somewhere on line that the thigh measurement was a good goal to aim for as a waist goal, is this true?)

    What silhouette size would you recommend?

    Any advice or suggestions on waist training are welcomed. Thank you so much for your time.


    1. Hi Daphne,

      I think a size 20 in the CS-305, or the 411 might also work for you! (actually probably anything except the 426). And I have not heard that about the thigh..but interesting :)

  21. kiera

    Dear Cheri. I am interested in purchasing one of your corsets for waist training. I have watched the videos and I’m still having a hard time deciding with all the choices and my particular situation. I am 5’7″ 137 lbs definitely more firm than soft. I exercise avidly and am working on building muscle mass in my lower body. I have a very wide, almost masculine back and, my ribs are also very wide. Bringing in my waist, floating, and lower ribs and perfecting my posture is my goal, as I appreciate a very full lower body on a woman. I would like to achieve a sharper inverted v ontop of a bubble shape, a la the Kardashians, as opposed to a longer softer s-shaped hourglass. My measurements are as follows.

    Underbust 34
    Waist 29
    Top hip 35.5
    Full hip 37
    Midline of bust to (what I assume is a comfortable length) 11.5
    Side of under bust to too of hip(straight drop)

    I appreciate any help you may be able to offer…it is also necessary for me to care for a small child while wearing my corset so I would prefer to err on the side of comfort as far as bottom length is concerned. I do not have a “pooch”.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Kiera,

      I think a size 24 in the 411 but worn uupside down might be a good fit for you. You will need a wider underbust to make the corset fit until you have trained your lower ribs down a bit. You have the length for the longline but not the hip measurement for it.

  22. jo thom

    Hello, I’m very interested in corset /waist training. I’m 5″10 my torso is long. I Dont know my waist inches other than I wear 50 in men’s jeans and 28 in plus sized women. can you kind of direct me on a patg.?

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  24. Shamita

    Hey Cheri,

    I am very much interested in CS 426. I really want to try it! I have the length for the torso. But I am not sure if I have the right body measurements to fit into it. I am 32″ (udder bust), 27.5″ (weist) and 36″ (upper hip). it would be of great help if you can advice me on this. If I am fit to wear it, then please advise me a size for this model of corset.

    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Shanita,

      I think you could make that work in a size 22. You will find that the bottom will probably close up more than the rest of the corset, but not so much it should be a huge problem. You could also look at the CS-345.

      1. Shamita

        Hi again Cheri,

        Thank you so much for the reply. I have checked out CS 345 like you have advised. I have seen that it only has16 steel bones compared to 24 bones in CS 426. So my only concern is whether CS 345 will be as effective as CS 426.


  25. Stacey

    Hello! Can you please tell me if the 426 is a good corset for me? My measurements are as follows: 31.5″ Underbust, 30.5″ waist, 37.5″ Upper Hips, 40″ Hips

    1. Hi Stacey,

      If you have the length, you shouldn’t have any trouble with the 426. I suggest a size 24. You will find the bottom edge closes up more so than the rest of the corset. Once you train your waist down further you will be able to move into a size 22 which will fit better everywhere else. The CS-345 might be a really good alternative before then.

      1. Doaa

        Dear Orchad
        My sized in centimeters are as following
        underbust 77 cm, waist 74 cm, hips 95 cm
        Can I wear this corset? and which size can I order
        Please help me out, since i am a tourist here in Ny and I wanna order it as soon as possible since im staying for short period.

        1. Hi Doaa,

          The store in New York does not carry all the same products (nor do they have the same prices) as our online store. If you are planning to purchase from the store in New York, they can size you. A size 24 in the 345 would be a great fit. You will need to size down to a 22 in the 426 in order for it to fit everywhere else, but that may be too much at the waist.

          1. Doaa

            Dear chéri. . Yes I wanna buy it online that’s why I sent you my measurement. .. but I really like 426, will it b comfy to me because I don’t know how to measure my , and from previous reviews I understand that 426 doesn’t fit anybody.. but me I want longline since my lower belly grows fast… can you clarify to me will it b good to me and which size?

          2. The video in this blog shows you how to measure your torso for the 426. I mention the 345 because you don’t have a lot of curve and I think it would be a better fit for you (and you don’t have to be as long..but it is long right in the front).

  26. Jacqui

    Hi Cheri,

    I am looking to purchase my first corset. My goal is to reduce my waist and also reduce my slight mothers apron. My measurements are 38 ub, 36 waist and 45 hip. With a length to my upper hip of 13. What type/size do you suggest in cotton? Is the 411 long enough to help reduce my mother’s apron? Or will it make it worse? I have been exercising and eating healthy as well.

    Thanks for the information!

    1. Hi Jacqui,

      I am not sure that even with length you will be able to reduce the mother’s apron as I believe that is primarily skin (as opposed to inside soft tissue, etc that the corset reshapes) You will likely notice the reduction while corseted, but not once you remove the corset. Also depending on how low the apron is, shapewear under your corset might work better for that. If the 45″ is your upper hip, you should be able to wear the 426 in a size 30. If that is your full hip and your upper is smaller..you might need to size down to a 28 to make that work. As for the 411, also a 28 or 30 depending on how soft vs firm you are

  27. I need help in ordering a corset please. I’ve watched the videos am I’m still unsure on sizing. I am 5′ 1/2″, 128 pounds, 33″ waist, 32″ under bust, 35″ upper hip. When I measured my torso length is is right on the border between 10.5″-11″ and the tape moves when I sit down so I’m unsure if the 426 would be uncomfortable. I wear an under bra upper spanx every single day, I have a nasty little fat apron I can’t get rid of and this helps suck it in. I’m worried about upper back fat coming out the top and under abdominal fat coming out the bottom if I don’t get the longer corset. I plan to wear for waist training. I’m tired of my midsection resembling a box.

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      I think with those measurements you will a size 26 or 28 in the 305 depending on how soft vs firm you are. If you want the 411…you will probably need to size down to a 26. The 426 will be too big at the top and bottom edge for you.

  28. Lakisha Green

    Hi Cheri,

    I am thinking of ordering the 426 not sure if I want the leather or the satin. I just had a baby she is 5 months by C-Section, my measurements are:
    Upper Hip-40
    What size should I get with the satin or the leather

    1. Hi Lakisha,

      I think you will want a size 30 in the 411 or the 305. I am worried your torso might almost be too short for those. We do have an even shorter corset that should be available in the next month or so (we hope :)

      1. Lakisha

        Okay can you tell me which may be more comfortable the satin or the cotton I am trying to get my weight down to 160 I’m at 208 now and I will try to wear the corset during work hours since I won’t be sleeping in it. I work 10 hour shifts just wondering which material would be better and also it seems the satin is the most popular is there a reason in your opinion

  29. brandi

    I just got my cotton 426 in a 36. Natural waist is a plus 42. I got the long as I am 6’2. I tried it on and it is protruding at the hip. So much so that I can’t tuck it under clothes and it just hangs out. I followed the video on tying it but I can’t get the bottom tight so it won’t protrude out. Can you help me with this? Should I of gotten the regular kind?

        1. Hi Brandi,

          With those measurements and adding in your length…I definitely think you will do better in a size 34. You may still find that the bottom is able to close more easily until you are able to train yourself down into a 32 :)

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  31. Shy

    I just measured my torso (under right breast frm the mid down to hips) is 13inches. So will cs-426 suits me best or 411?? cox i just delivered my baby via c-sect and i have an extra skin hanging below my belly. My height is 5.3feet.

    underbust 34.2inc

      1. Erica

        What size do I needs please Cheri? UB:40, Waist: 41 hips: 46 or 49 ??? I have a lot of flabby bulge after 2 c sections and twins last pregnancy really stretched my skin?


  32. Elyssa

    Hello! I stand for at least 12 hours a day. I have a baking job and a serving job. Would the 426 be too restricting for daily wear?

  33. Ikeshia

    I have been thinking about buying my 1st corset to begin waist training. I am a truck driver so I’m sitting and bouncing all day. I’m not sure how comfortable the cs 426 would be but thats the one I really want to cover all the back bulge and tummy and my measurement are
    37.5″ underbust
    39″ waist
    45″ hips

  34. Rosa C.

    Alright !
    Thank you very much for all your help….now I’ ready to place my order, and while I wait, I’ll be watching at your videos and reading reviews so I won’t feel all lost when my corsets finally arrive. ; )
    Have a wonderful weekend .
    Happy Thanksgiving to all you guys at OC !

  35. Rosa C. Cardenas

    Hi there !
    My name is Rosa C. and I’m a novice to corsets.
    I already watched your video and now I know that I can easily wear the CS-426…. Yaaaay !….my questions are : which size should I order ? and since I’m planning to wear corsets as much as I can, which styles / fabrics should I get ?…. I am mostly interested in the under bust / long type ( Love the one Cheri is wearing in the video, by the way )….Can you please give me some advice ?

    I’m a little over 5’9 and these are my measurements :

    Bust 44 1/2
    UB 36 1/2
    Waist 34
    UH 42
    Hips 46

    Thank you sooooo much in advance for your time. Hope to hear from you soon.
    Have a wonderful week : )

    1. Hi Rosa,

      Welcome to OC! I think a size 26 would work well for you in the 426. The cotton is great for daily wear, but really they are all lovely. The brocades and cotton are sturdier and take longer to break in. The leather is very strong but breaks in almost immediately. The satin feels wonderful, but I wouldn’t recommend wearing everyday as satin is not as durable.

      1. Rosa C.

        Hi Cheri !
        Thank you so very much for getting back to me this fast.
        Now, I’m ready to place my first order… Yaaay !….I’m super excited !!!
        Just one more question….are your corsets suitable to be worn under clothes as well ?…..sorry….I guess I have to go through all your posts to learn more, haven’t I ?…..again, thank you so much for taking the time to help me out ….looking forward to become a loyal OC customer ; )

        1. They are! But we recommend wearing a camisole or fitted tank under your corset to help protect from body oils, etc as your corset cannot be washed (only spot cleaned or dry clean…but we have a video blog on that as well)

          1. Rosa C.

            Hello again Cheri,
            Tonight I was ready to place my order, but reading the description of the 426 in lambskin leather I noticed that in there it is suggested to go down 4 to 6 inches of my natural waist which is 34….you suggested a 26…..wouldn’t it be too small for me?….just double checking ’cause I’m more than ready to get my corsets and embark myself in this journey of waist training…..so exited !
            You’ve been such a doll and I want to thank you again for taking the time to get back to me. I ready appreciate it.
            Have a wonderful day !

          2. Hi Rosa,

            The leather 426 runs a little big (the leather is more forgiving than other fabrics) and so I think the 26 will be just fine. Read the reviews and you will see what I mean :)

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