Corset 101: Too Little Curve or Too Much Curve

Does This Corset Make My Hips Look Big?

Or do my hips make this corset look big?

skylar-426-white-red-braHello OC Blog Readers! This is an extension of our Goldilocks video blog, but this time we are concentrating on the style or shape of the corset. Sometimes the corset is the right size, but wrong style. This happens most with our 426, which is not only longer but has a very large hip spring. Smaller women with smaller hips will find they have a gap at the bottom edge. Even with my hips (full hip 41″ and upper hip 37″), I can easily fully close the bottom of my 426, but not the waist (27.5″) of my size 22.

The opposite can happen with the CS-305 Silhouette Level 1 Corset. My hips are bit too big for this corset. I can wear it, but I usually size up to a 24 so that it doesn’t feel too tight against my hips. Women or men with smaller hips and a larger rib cage will often find the CS-411 or CS-305 more comfortable to wear upside down.

Fuller figured women with enough “squish” will find that they don’t need to worry about not enough hip, as the corset will redistribute the weight from the tummy to fill out the corset. But our smaller ladies and lads do need to consider their hip-waist ratio when ordering a corset-especially if you are more firm than soft.  However, our plus size beauties with full hips (higher hip-waist ratio) will need to be sure they are choosing a corset with ample curve. (We hope to have a Level 4 summer/fall 2014 ~ fingers crossed.)

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For example, someone with a 45″ waist and an upper hip measurement of 48 inches will not have trouble filling out the CS-426 (assuming they have the torso length) in a size 36 or 38 depending on corset use and goals. But this same person could wear the CS-411 or the CS-305 as well. On the flip side the same 45″ with a 56″ upper hip will need the larger hip spring offered by the 426.

It’s important to remember off-the-rack corset sizing is not an exact science. The sizing experts here school-girl-corsets-cropat Orchard Corset do the best that we can with the information we get from our customers. So much can depend on personal tolerances for compression, your goals for your corset, what you wear under your corset, the “squish vs firm” factor and the list goes on. Take the time to get accurate measurements and look at the shape and dimensions listed for each of our styles, while considering your desired results. And of course-we are always happy to help here at OC-check us out on Live Chat or email!

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96 Responses

  1. Paula

    Hi I’m having a difficult time deciding on a corset that would be right for me.
    I was wondering if you could help me.
    My measurements are

    Underbust: 28 inches
    Waist: 26 inches
    Hips: 31.5 inches

    I have my eye on CS-426 Short. Would that be a good fit for me? Or would it be to curvy for me?

    1. Hi Paula

      It is sometimes a challenge to find the perfect fit but we try our best to help with that. Thanks for sharing your measurements. I would also like to know your torso length measurement in order to better determine a great style for you. Based on what you have shared I would recommend a size 22 in our 201 and 411 styles. The 426 Short in your size would likely leave you with gapping at the top and bottom of the corset with it’s extreme curve. I hope this is helpful and you are able to select a lovely corset soon!

  2. Katie

    Hi I’m desperate to buy a corset so I thought I’d come to the experts! Mud measurements are;

    Underbust : 27 inches
    Waist : 23 inches
    Upper hip: 31 inches
    I’m confused as to which size I would be aiming for as I’m also 5″4. I am naturally skinny with slight curve but I’m desperate to get that hourglass shape. Could you also tell me what kind of bone you use and how many? I defiantly don’t want a full bust and I’m assuming from my height I’d need a short corset- which I think looks fabulous anyway!
    Many thanks, kate.

  3. Vitz

    I really want to get into corset training but I feel like my measurements are so awkward that I will have such a hard time finding the correct size. My under bust measures at 37.5, my natural waist is 38.5 and my upper hip at 48…my hips at 53.5. I have recently started with a work out clincher…I ordered a size 3x according to the sites sizing chart (not orchard) and straight out of the packaging I am on the second row of hooks and it folds up in the back because of my bottom. I know work out cinchers and corsets are constructed differently so I reaaally hope that there is a corset out there for my body type. Also, i measure 10” from under bust to hip bone and I am 5’5 if that helps any ☺

  4. SavannahPolson

    Hello, I’m looking at the cs 426 and the cs 411. I’m not sure if I have enough curve for the 426 my busy waist hip measurements are 34 23-24 34. Do I have enough curve for the 426 or should I go with the 411? I’m long enough for the 426

  5. Hi recently I’ve been doing some research and thinking about trying waist training with corsets but I’m not sure I’m a very good candidate. I’m very fluffy but I still have a fairly small waist compared to my hips after I had my children I have a horrible mothers apron so would waist training even be a good idea for me? And could it help that part of me not look so blah or will it just help my waist?

    1. Hi Katie,

      For the most part, steel boned corsets are designed to pull in the waist and create an hourglass shape. Many women find combining shapewear (worn underneath the corset) helps hold in the mother’s apron while waist training.

  6. heather

    I am having a hard time deciding on a corset. I REALLY WANT one! but I am so scared to get the wrong size. I am around a 38 under bust, 39-39 1/2 natural waist, a 41 1/2 upper hip, 42 full hip 12 1/2 torso length. I have a lot of fluff on my upper back and on my stomach. but not a whole lot on my sides though,and large love handles with high hip bones. very odd shaped. I was thinking a 305 or 411. love the shape of the 426 but know its not for me, Thank you!!!

    1. Hi Heather, I’d suggest that you look at the 411 or the 345 in a size 32. The 345 in particular might interest you because it has a very high back and the sides are contoured up over the hips. Have a look and let us know how it works out!

  7. This article contradicts EVERYTHING I was told on the phone before ordering. So I have the option to now exchange and lose over 3 weeks of training to do so….. I think I will do my business with companies who understand how to train ALL Employees in the same manner so they are not giving out misinformation. NEVER again. Now my hips are squishing out the 345 despite me saying repeatedly I have a long torso and most corsets are too short. “Trust us” I trusted you, but wasted my time in doing so and OF COURSE the exchange form stays “loading” and you can not reuse it twice, so enjoy my money. I will be sure to tell everyone I know to stay away from buying here.

    1. Kim, I am so sorry that your experience with us so far hasn’t been up to our usual standards. We take great pride in our customer service here and we definitely want to make things right for you whether its an exchange or a full refund. We have a 30 day no hassle return policy and we stand by it. I couldn’t find you in our system with the email that you have used here, so I will shoot you a note to get things straightened out, no muss, no fuss!

  8. Kimmie :)

    Hello OC’s!
    How is the level 4 designing going??? ??? ???
    Do you have an update?
    I really hope you’re still going ahead with it! *fingers crossed*

    ….. I’m loving the hip ties… but I don’t have the length in my torso for the long line…. ;(
    Please, please, make a short version!
    😀 Too excited!

  9. Julie Ferguson


    I am considering purchasing a CS-411, but before I do, I have a question. I am short waisted and have an abdominal apron that droops down a bit, I am very concerned that it will look bad and squish out of the bottom of the short corset. Is there a way to prevent this from occurring? Thank you in advance

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