CS-426 Longline Double Steel Boned Corset:
What you need to know!
Hello OC Blog Readers! As my faithful readers know, I have struck many a keystroke attempting to explain corset sizing and corset styles as they pertain to sizing and body types. Am I tall enough? long enough? curvy enough? too curvy? So before you try to break in a brand new CS-426, here is the 426 break down!
The CS-426 is a longline double steel boned underbust corset. It is also a very popular corset for waist training. It has 24 spiral and flat steel bones wrapped up in several layers of fabric. The 426 features and highly contoured underbust and full hip flare and high back support. Many of you have watched the video to help you decide if you have the length for this longline, and perhaps you have watched the video to help determine if you have the hips for the 426-but the curve goes both up and down on this popular and dramatic corset.
Here is how it breaks down. When the corset is fully closed, the top edge will measure about 7″ wider than the waist and the bottom edge 12″ wider. So in the example above, if you have a size 24 CS-426 and it is fully closed (and evenly laced) from top to bottom, the top edge will be 31″, waist 24″ and bottom edge 36″. This is why many women (and men) with long torsos are still not able to don the prized 426. You need a fair amount of natural curve or some significant fluff with at least some curve-or you will have large gaps at the top and bottom of your corset. OF course we now offer a fantastic hybrid…the CS-345. This amazing new style combines the longline look of the 426, but with a cutout hip to allow for a shorter torso and you don’t have to have a large hip spring to wear.
Here is a common scenario: Customer measurements are 36″, 39″, and 42″ (underbust, waist and upper hip, respectively). She has the length and really wants the CS-426. With these measurements we would recommend a size 32 in the CS-345 or CS-411 or even the CS-305 in a size 34 (and of, course the new CS-301 works for everyone). She asks…why can’t I just size down to a 28 so it will fit at the top and bottom? Well…corsets aren’t designed to lace in an extreme ( ), which is what will happen and the boning will warp in the back.
But just because you don’t have the curves to wear the 426 now doesn’t mean it’s out of your league forever. Many people find they are able to begin with the 411 or 305 and train their waist down far enough that they can move into the 426 (assuming the length is there). Remember waist training does not train down your hips or ribs (beyond your bottom two floating ribs), so just your waist whittles down….eventually providing you with the curve you need to rock 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!