Corset Q & A Series

Corset Q & A Episode 34: What does it mean to have a natural hourglass shape?

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.

What does it mean to have a natural hourglass shape?

The lastest trends in the media have idealized the natural hourglass figure of women. But the definition of hourglass is very subjective and can be a little different depending on the industry. Many people assume that if you’ve got large breasts, a big booty and a waist that is smaller than both of those that you are what we consider curvy. However that often is not the case. Since an underbust corset is going to fit you at your underbust and upper hip, we don’t really take the full bust and full hip into account when we suggest that you have a lot of natural curve (or not much). The natural hourglass that we are looking for is actually between the underbust/natural waist/upper hip.

How about a couple of examples?

Jen’s measurements:

  • full bust – 36
  • underbust – 34
  • waist – 32
  • upper hip – 38
  • full hip – 41

Becca’s measurements:

  • full bust – 38
  • underbust – 32
  • waist – 32
  • upper hip – 36
  • full hip – 42

So Becca has a larger bust and booty than Jen, and most likely would have an hourglass silhouette. They both have the same waist measurement, but Jen could actually wear a curvier corset. Look at the measurements in red. Those are the ones that we look at to determine the amount of natural curve you have.

Of course the whole point of wearing a corset (for many people) is to GET that hourglass shape, so do you need a lot of natural curve to wear a corset? Definitely not, and sometimes you can wear our curvier corsets even if you don’t have natural curve as long as you have enough squish to fill out those curves in the corset.

As you’ve probably guessed by now, a lot can go into deciding which corset will work best for you, that’s why we suggest that you ALWAYS contact one of our corset sizing experts prior to purchasing your corset. They size hundreds of women and they can help you decide which style and size will work best for you.

Hopefully that clears up any concerns or questions you might have about what it means to have a natural hourglass shape! Please let us know in the comments if there are any questions that you’d like to see answered in our Corset Q & A series!

Hi, I'm Carolyn! I'm the baby of OC so they take good care of me here. I love cargo pants, Birkenstocks and swimming. Guinea pig squeaks are beautiful music to my ears! Working at Orchard Corset is AMAZING! I work with strong, confident, beautiful women who assist me in finding myself.


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