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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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53 Responses

  1. Tiffany

    I am looking to purchase a steel boned corset and a waist cincher. My measurements are 36″ underbust, 37.5″ waist, and 42″ upper hip. What sizes and items will I most likely need. And I am more “squish” than soft.

    1. Hi Tiffany,

      As for the corset, I recommend a size 30 in the 305, 411, 345 or 201 (the 305 you may need to size up to a 32). As for the cincher, really any will work (some have latex and others do not) and they are sold by waist size (and the Vedette has a sizing conversion based on your waist and depending on the item you order)

  2. Chantal_521

    Hi Cheri,
    I would like to double check I have the correct corset for my body shape.
    I first one I bought was a 411 (I think) in a size 30 but I think I went too large as there’s only 1-2 inches left when it’s laced and there’s quite a gap at my hips. I then purchased an additional corset in CS301 in size 26 and it fits better for my height but am not sure if it’s too small. Could you please give me your advice?

    I am 5’2″
    underbust 39″
    waist 35″
    hips 40″

    Thanks! :)
    Chantal

    1. Hi Chantal,

      I think a size 28 in the 305 would work well for you. Also the mesh 201 in a 28 (maybe even a 26-as it is easier to size down in). The 411 in a 30 is likely too large. The 301 in a 28 would have been a good fit.

  3. Hi! I’m interested in getting a corset and this would be my first time purchasing one :)) I’d like to get one right away but I’d love some assistance in choosing the right one. I’m 5’3, underbust: 43″; waist: 46″; upper hip: 50″; hips: 51 1/2″. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

  4. Just stumbled on the video for this post on YT, and I gotta say, Cheri, I love how you talk about different shapes without a hint of judgement. Orchard Corset is the gold standard for body diversity support. And…any news on the L4? Us big-hipspring plus ladies can’t wait…

  5. micah

    Hello! I have been searching for months for the right waist trainer and have no idea where to start! I am 5’2″, full bust at 38″ and full hip at 46″, underbust at 33″, waist at 32″ and upper hip at 49″. I am new to waist training but i am interested in a corset that is going to help me achieve a lot of curve and i need suggestions! Thanks! :)

      1. micah

        Sorry! I accidentally switched the numbers! Lol as you can see, I need guidance. Underbust is 33″, waist is 32″ and upper hip is 46″.

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  7. jenny

    Hi I recently purchased an item which was too small for me… I would like to exchange it for a different item since I realize I need a waist clincher not a corset. What should I do? I still have all the packaging and it’s brand new still.

  8. janet

    hi there, i’m having trouble deciding which corset will have the proper shape for me. i’m average height but very fluffy ;)

    full bust 53
    under bust 41
    waist 47-48 (larger measurement is closer to belly button, smaller measurement seems high but that’s where i bend)
    upper hip (iliac crest) 52.5
    torso length is hard to measure because of my “fluff”. my best guess is 9.5″

    i’ll be looking for an underbust corset first but if there’s an overbust out there that can work i’ll consider getting both!

    1. Hi Janet,

      It’s always trickier to size when the underbust measures several inches smaller than your waist. I think a size 38 in the 411 might do the trick, assuming the corset will redistribute some of your tummy weight to help fill out the top edge of the corset. The 301 will also work for you-and the new 201 also.

  9. Amani

    Hi. Need help on selecting a corset style and size. I would like as much curve as possible. Meaurements are 31″ underbust 29″ waist, 32″ at belly button, 37″ upper hip, 39.5 lower hip. I am 5’5″. Thank you

  10. Carolina

    Hi I need help figuring out my corset size. I bought the 411 in a size 22 but I had a large gap in the rib area, and it was a bit too long because it dug into my rear area. I am interested in a 301, my waist is 28in, rib area 29in, top hip 37, and 41 hips. What size should I get?

    1. Hi Carolina,

      It’s possible the 411 was upside down :). A 22 in the 301 should be perfect-your measurements are identical to mine…just with a shorter torso. If you are really firm…than a size 24.

      1. Breeanna

        My underbust is a 45″
        My Waist is 46″
        & My upper hip is 53″
        My torso is a 13″
        Which would be best for me and what size should I order?

  11. D.

    I would love a Level 4 in a shorter torso. I easily have the hipspring for the 426, but it’s too long. Bring on the 9″ inch torso in a Level 4!!

    1. Hi D,

      I should have a shorter 426 prototype in my hot little hands next week! It’s not a level 4 (but I do have that prototype in a long line right now). I will put this on my radar :)

  12. Jessi

    I would love to get an L4. I would love to see some fresh prints in the otr offerings. Maybe some soft feminine floral? Or a light lime brocade? I’m ready to size down. Probably 345 this time. Can I expect new colors in the .cs-345 anytime soon?

  13. Hi Cheri, I’m a tiny Gal (just barely 5ft) and I’m wondering which Corset to buy for Waist Training I’m around 190lbs and my measurements are 39″ under bust 39″ waist and 42″ upper hips and 11″ I was told the 426 would be fine for me but I’d like to know for sure.

    1. Hi Divine,

      I worry that at only 5′ your torso will be too short for the 426. Also, I think you will find you don’t have enough curve to fill out the bottom edge. I think a size 32 in the 411 or 345 might work well for you.

  14. Heather

    Because I have a bit of “fluff” at the waist but none under my bust (you can see my ribs) and wide-flared hips, my measurements are a bit unusual; 33 under-bust, 33 waist, and 39 upper-hip. I also have a slightly shorter waist. What style in roughly what size would you recommend?

  15. Lina

    I’m thinking about purchasing a corset from you. I don’ t know which corset best fits me. My under bust is a 33, waist 32 and hips 36. I have a wide rib cage and short torso. The corset I currently have from a different company is a little too long. And I have major muffin top. Please need help in purchasing the correct size.
    R/
    Lina

  16. Nicese

    hi my name is Nicese and I am A plus size woman that would like to start corset training now I got my measurements and everything and I have a pretty large midsection would the 426 be the best option for me

  17. Morgan Germany

    I was just thinking today how excited I am to buy new corsets (time to size down!) and could not be more thrilled that you all have a level 4 in the works! I can’t wait for the official announcement!

  18. Brigid

    I can fully close my 30″ CS-426 in all areas and I was hoping to size down to a 28″ or 26″ but I fear that my hips may be too big for that. Oddly, even the CS-426 is not long enough for my torso. I have an extra long torso. Measured from under my bust (as shown to see if you could fit a 426, I could go with something about 2-3″ longer. Hopefully you guy will come out with some sort of extra longline corset because I need something like that.

    Looking forward to the level 4

      1. may

        Cheri please post some pictures!!! I want to buy a level 4 so badly!!! I hope you get it soon, will you have it in tan color as well???

        I’m also waiting for the c-411 in tan :( but it’s been forever since it was announced

    1. Hi Norma,

      We actually invented the “Silhouette Level System”. We are just beginning the design process, but it will have a larger hip-waist ratio than our level 3 CS-426 has.

  19. Leia Tilton

    OMG! Level 4 future owner right here!!!! I love lagging down as tightly as I can and can get down to 24″ with an old corset I have but with my CS-426 I can only get down to 25 3/4″ on a good day, just not enough curve to handle my wide hips and still take down my waist. So, hearing that there is a L4 in the works make me sooo exited!!!!!!

  20. T

    I can’t wait for the level 4, either! I love my 426s, and I’d buy the long in a heartbeat, but I’d enjoy seeing the short in a more extreme silhouette, too! That’s exciting to hear!

      1. may

        thanks Cheri! I hope you’ll have it soon!

        My C-411 is fully closed but I can’t size down in that same model, looking forward for the level 4 (hopefully in average lenght)

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