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Corset 101: Goldilocks and the Three Corsets

This corset is too big….this corset is too small

But this corset fits just right!

Black-cotton-411-corsetHello OC Blog Readers! We have a veritable sizing fleet at your disposal: videos, blogs, sizing experts on chat and email. But many of our customers fall in a gray area of sizing-or just have different tolerances or different uses for their corset. My measurements are such that our sizing experts might be torn between a size 22 and a size 24 (waist 27.5″, upper hip 37″ and underbust 30″). I have a longer torso for my 5’4″ stature and just enough “fluff” at my waist that the 22 fits perfectly (and I have been corseting for a year). If you wear your corset under clothing with just a thin layer of fabric to protect the corset vs wearing your corset over your regular street clothes you may need to size up or down. This is why what sounded right on paper doesn’t always work in real life. I hope this video blog will help!

goldilocks video

If your corset is too big you will find that you can close it up (or nearly) without having to really cinch. Remember when your corset is brand new, it’s very stiff and has no “give” whatsoever. If you are able to nearly close completely, it will be too big inside of a week after you begin seasoning.  If can fully close and then some…you should contact one of our sizing experts, as you will likely want to drop two sizes. Sometimes the corset is the right size, but wrong style-which I will discuss in a different video blog.

Now if you fully unlace your corset and still have a hard time connecting the loops and pins at the front busk, your corset is probably too small. Even if you successfully get into your corset, if upon your first lacing you find you have a very large gap (this will be relative to size…so someone with a 30″ waist can expect a 6-7 inch gap to be too large, but someone with a 45″ waist should find a 8-10″ gap to be too large). Don’t try to force the corset closed because you think this should be the right size-the unsuspecting corset bones are likely to warp and now you are stuck with a corset that doesn’t fit. Notice that in the video this corset is just one size smaller than I need…but clearly it does not fit me.

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CS-305 Red Leather

How will you know when your corset’s “just right”? The front busk should clasp without any stress  on the corset when the laces are opened up. When you lace up to where you the corset is snug, with room for fingers at the top and bottom edge, you will expect a gap of about 4-5 inches (the width of our modesty panel) at the back. A smaller gap for really small frames (size 18-22 corsets) and a larger gap of 6-7 inches for fuller figures (size 32+ corsets), and even up to 8-9″ for corset sizes over 40.

The importance of a well-fitted corset is multidimensional. First, if you plan to wear it you want it to be comfortable. The panels and boning on the corset are designed to lay at certain places on the body-so if you corset is way too small (some people don’t want to have to buy another corset once they size down…so they try and make it work until they are ready for that size) then the corset will not lay right on you. Also, bones will twist and warp (and sometimes pop right through). It’s important to remember that we sell off-the-rack corsets-which will work better for some than others. We are working on a few other styles to fit a greater variety, but from time to time we encounter someone who just cannot make one of our corsets work. Thank you for reading and we welcome your thoughts below!

 

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50 Responses

  1. Mayra

    Hi I’m a 30″ underbust, 27″ waist and 37″ at the hips and I was wondering If a size 20 is going to be too small of me and if I decide to go ahead an buy the size 20 and it definetly doesn’t fit will I be able to change it?

    1. Hi Mayra,

      Unless you are looking to buy the 201, then yes a 20 will likely be too small. I would recommend a size 22 in most styles accept the 305 (and be sure you have the length for the 426 if you have your eye on that :)

  2. Lm3js

    Hi! I ordered the 305 in size 26 satin at the advice of your size blog and from one of your stylists. I love it and am loving wearing it. I have been seasoning it for the past ~2 weeks. I think ithe 26 is the right size, but am worried that the 305 is wrong shape for me or not long enough? Not sure. When I cinch the second time after 30 min of wear, I am getting the () shape. I also have quite a gap at the under bust and also a smaller gap at hip. The top sits a little low on my rib cage, but I have quite a bit of underarm and back squish. It is not directly under busts…not sure if that is a problem.
    Measurements are ub-34, waist-32, uphip-35-35.5. Do you think I should try an alternate style or lace/tighten differently? I am wearing it right side up. I checked that too. Thanks for your awesome blog and corsets. I can’t keep my mouth shut about them and might have started a new trend among my friends…

    1. Hi!

      That size and style sounds right. The 305 has less curve than our other styles, so changing to anything other than the 345 (it rides higher in the back) will give your a more exaggerated ().

      A couple of questions that will help me troubleshoot: How many more inches before the back closes? Even with the ()-is there more room to close the top and bottom? Would you say your tummy was more firm than soft?

      Also, make sure the waist tape is right at your natural waist. We will figure this out! I think we just need to train your waist down a bit-and parallel is great..but a little bow isn’t the end of the world-especially if you are seasoning properly.

      1. lm3js

        Hi,

        Thanks for the speedy reply! The waist tape is mostly at my natural waist though it does ride up after sitting. I have about 2.5 inches at top and 3″ at bottom and 3″ in middle before closing in back. I had my husband take a picture and the () isn’t as pronounced as it appeared when I was just looking behind me in mirror. I still do have quite a large space at my under bust (can put my whole hand) and up to my fingers at the front bottom. Maybe I am just paranoid since it is my first time and I don’t want to ruin it.

        1. The top is often to hardest part to season to your body (hence some of the gapping). You should be able to tighten that up a little bit more without any damage to your corset. It will give you a bit of a an “A” shape to your laces but again, a little off parallel is not that big of deal.

  3. Hannah

    I recently got 3 different styles of corsets from this store, CS301, CS411, and CS45. I have a 27 inch waist (sometimes 28 when full or having a “fat” day), and the size that was recommended to me was a 22. I can get into my corsets, but I have a 5.5 inch gap, and I feel that they’re almost too small. To be fair, this is my first time putting the corsets on, and there is room to stick 4 fingers under the top and bottom. But I’m concerned because if they are too small, I want to exchange them before it’s too late. What would you recommend?

    1. Hi Hannah, could you please take a couple of pictures of yourself laced into one of the corsets (we need one from the front & one from the back) and send them to one of our sizing experts at info@orchardcorset.com we’ll check it out for you. I suspect that it will clear up after you tighten up the corset and season it, but with a couple of pictures we’ll know for sure!

  4. Esmeralda

    Hi Cheri,

    I have just received my CS 411 in mesh. I was recommended a size 30.
    My measurements are: waist: 40, torso 9.5, underbust; 40 and upperhip 48
    Was size 30 the proper size for me?

    I unlaced the laces all the way and closed the bust but in the back there id like 3-4 inches of space between the panel and empty space.

    Will I be able to use this size?

    Thank you!

    1. Esmeralda that is definitely the right size for you. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the mesh will season for you! Based on your measurements, the top will likely close more quickly than the bottom.

      1. esmeralda

        That’s good to hear!
        Is it normal for the corset to be sliding up during the first few days?
        And does the tape line have to be on my waist?

  5. lisa

    hi, just wanna know which size would suit me best, my measurements are 42 1/2 bust, 35 waist, and 38 hip… not sure what my under bust measurements are though. the lady that measured me did so with my clothes on, hope it’s not too far off. Thank you!

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  7. Abbey

    How do you know how much to tighten the laces on the first time wearing a corset? And is the sizing different for those who aren’t waist-training? I mainly want to wear one for posture and fashion, not to really make my waist smaller. I have a 28″ waist & was recommended to get a size 22 CS411, but that seems like a really big size difference to me and I just want to make sure I’m getting the right thing for my body & the reasons I have for wearing it.

    1. Hi Abbey,

      If you are a firm 28 and have a good hip and underbust ratio (plenty of natural curve) then you can size up to a 24. If not, then opt for the 305 in a size 24. Just tighten them to the point where the corset feels snug but not tight. You should be able to place several fingers in the top and the bottom of the corset.

  8. Mellie O

    Hey Cheri, I’m confused on what kind of corset I should get and I want to make sure my first one is just right and pretty stable. LB 30, W 26, UW 34 and I’m 5 foot 3 inches. Any suggestions on which I should get?

  9. Charity Middling

    im still not sure what size to get and ive been looking at a ton of things on this site to try to find out the siz that ill need

  10. Allison

    Hi there. I recently ordered a CS-305 in a size 26 at your recommendation, with a 31″ underbust, 31″ waist, and 35″ at the hips (I am also pretty squishy/have a belly). I tried it on, and once it is comfortably snug at the waist, it seems like I have the correct amount of space between the two sides in the back (I’d say about 3 inches), however I have a TON of space at the underbust. Obviously I haven’t seasoned it yet, and I saw on the video that there should be a little bit of space at the hip and underbust before the corset is seasoned…but I guess I’m just lost as to how much “a little bit” actually should be. This is my first time wearing a corset, so I’m clueless.

      1. Allison

        Definitely on the right way…i pulled it up higher which seems to fix the gaping a bit, but now I’m afraid that the waist is just a tiny bit too high. I’m keeping this one at this point, but I wonder in the future if there is a different style I could try? Again my measurements are 31-31-35…and I’d say my waist can squish down to about a 27 or 28 as it is (and I’m pretty petite at 5’4 and 125lbs)

        1. Hmmm..hard to picture without a picture. I am afraid to size you to a 24 as it seems the corset fits so well everywhere else-but I think you will find a 24 a better fit at the top and the bottom edge.

    1. Tina Wright

      Hi Cheri, I bought a CS-301 size 26 also. I did put it on upside down for 2 days until I read this blog lol Last night I put it on right but my question is, when I lace it up my modesty panel does not meet together on my back ( I have a gap between the panel to the other loop holes). Does that mean I bought a size too small?

        1. Tina Wright

          about 2″ ? I asked about the size before I bought it. Underbust 34, waist 33, hips 37. I am a box size and short waisted. Amber told me to try a 26.

  11. Torrie

    Hello Cheri ,

    I purchased a CS-305 and I’ve been training for about two weeks. At first , I was able to cinch my waist greatly but now I find I’m very limited. I can pull the strings with minimal effort and close the back of my corset. I’ve done everything I possibly could to prevent myself from damaging my item and I ordered the correct size. I don’t know what could be wrong and I believe it is way too early on to buy another corset . Can I please get some insight as to what I could be doing wrong .

    Thanks in advance .

  12. HI Cheri,
    Thanks for your sizing tips, but after receiving my 411 corset (it’s so pretty) and watching your “Goldilocks” video, I think it might be too small. After lacing pretty gently (first time wear), I still have about 3 inches from the modesty panel as you demonstrated in the video. Do you think I should size up to a 24″? I’m at about a 29″ waist right now (due to pigging out between the time when I first contacted you and when I got my corset, no doubt!), so perhaps I should size up for my first corset? As always, thanks for the great customer service.

    1. Hi Perla,

      I would need all of your measurements. I do not think the 34 will be too small…my concern is that it may be too big at the top edge at least of your corset.

  13. Dineisha Milsap

    I luv my corset 426, but I am not sure if it is fitting correctly. I have seasoned it (at least I think I have) and there is still space at the bottom. Does it need to be tighter or is it the wrong size.

  14. Kari

    Thanks, Cheri! I’m a newbie. I’m an hourglass, but at age 66, some of the sands of time have got stuck in the middle. ;-( I stumbled upon a post from one of your former newbies, that recommended OC as a great first resource for beginners. But, how to get started? So many pretties! Which ones to order? It all seemed so complex!

    So, for a week, or so, I pigged out on your many excellent blog posts and vids. SUCH a wealth of information! You answered all of my questions. Every time I came up with a puzzlement, I Googled, and there you were, with printed words or a YouTube demonstration!

    I found that I was soon well enough informed to buy four corsets– two 411s, one 426, and that cute little sailor piece that was too sassy to pass up. All are perfect for me! Had I shopped without your tutelage, I’m sure I would have made disasterous choices.

    So, with your wonderful “corset courses,” OC quality, OC pricing (How do you make a profit?) and OC warp-speed delivery, I’m pretty sure I’m a customer for life. You’uns pretty much DEFINE excellent customer service. Best of all, you all look like you LOVE what you do!

    Thanks, again! Kari from San Diego

    1. bbstone

      What Kari from San Diego said. You guys are great! And I have not experienced such commitment to customer service in a … well never! I’ve turned my mother on to you as well. You’ve got a customer for life.

  15. Pamela

    I am a 46″ waist as well and I got the 38″ (On the advice of Danielle) and love it so far as I’ve been seasoning it I have a big gap too, cotton (CS-411) and I really was afraid that when I put it on the first time it would not fit, but I let the laces out all the way it and fit me fine once I was brave enough to calm down, and just do it. I was too anxious the first time and afraid of hurting the corset. I definitely want take time in seasoning the corset. Thank you so much for offering such great quality corsets for us to enjoy.

  16. Lorraine M

    Great info. For plus sizes I would say that if you get the corset and you can’t put it on even with the laces open all the way out, it’s probably not too small but the laces are too short. I have a 46 inch waist and the size 36 is definitely my right size. I started out with a huge gap for seasoning but after having it for about a month I only have a 2 inch gap. But when I got the corset I couldn’t put it on without first switching the laces for the longer ones (9 yards).If I would have gotten a 38 it would have closed after the seasoning period and that’s no good. Hopefully my experience helps others like me.

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