This corset is too big….this corset is too small
But this corset fits just right!
Hello 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!
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.
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!