Corset Q & A Series

Corset Q & A Episode 12: Does fabric choice matter in a steel boned corset?

In our Corset Q & A series we’ll be giving you quick answers to some of the most common questions we get regarding steel boned corsets, waist training and corseting here at Orchard Corset.

This week we look at the importance of fabric choice when deciding on a corset. At Orchard Corset we have steel boned corsets in a variety of fabrics, from our classic satin and leather to our newest corsets in cotton and mesh. The fact is that it’s what is on the INSIDE of the corset that is most important! Those steel bones are what mold your body into that hourglass shape. With the exception of our mesh corsets, all of them are lined with a heavy cotton, so the choice when you’re purchasing comes down to your personal preferences. Do you like the smoothness of satin or the firmness of a cotton or brocade? The extra warmth of leather or the lightness of mesh? Do you love them all? By all means, start your collection today!

Do you have a corseting question that you’d like to see us answer on our Corset Q & A? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Airy

    Hello!I am about to buy a new corset I was wondering what fabric is the breathable.Also does the cotton fabric get ratty?

      • Amy Lewis

        The mesh is the most breathable fabric, and the cotton is very sturdy, but treating your corset well will certainly extend the life of it. i.e. hanging it when not in use, don’t roll it up and stuff it in a draw, keep it away from velcro (I’ve probably wrecked more clothing items from careless rubbing against a velcro strip from my purse than any other single thing!)

    • Amy Lewis

      Hi Jennifer, my apologies, but I seem to have missed your question when you posted it initially. I’m not sure what you mean by “real”. Are you talking about the boning? To check to see if your corset has steel bones, you can use a magnet and if the magnet sticks to the bones, they are steel. All of our corsets are steel-boned, but many fashion corsets have plastic or acrylic bones.

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