Corset Q & A Series

Corset Q & A Episode 47: Corset Terminology

Do you have a question about steel boned corsets, waist training or corseting? The answer is probably somewhere in our Corset Q & A series.

This week’s Corset Q & A is a little different. Instead of one question, we have several terms that we wanted to clear up for our customers. It is hard for us as team members to remember while talking to our customers, that they may not have as much knowledge as us. We tend to use terms while talking to each other on the work floor, then we carry those terms to our customers and think that they know exactly what we’re talking about! Also you might have noticed when reading our blogs or watching our videos, we often use certain key terms. In this weeks Q & A, Cheri and Julie discuss a few of the terms. Below I have included the terms and definitions that were talked about in the video.

Pins– The “buttons” that the hooks loop around to hold the corset together, the pins will be on the left side of the corset when the corset is right side up. (and assuming that it is from Orchard Corset!)

Hooks-The “loops” that connect to the pins. They should be on the right side of the corset.

Busk-The steel bones of the corsets that are located closest to the pins & hooks.

Closing your corset– Closing your corset is not about just getting the corset to connect the pins and hooks in front of your body. Closing is getting your back panel to completely close by cinching the laces and usually means that you are about ready to move down a size in a corset.

If you have any further questions or would like other terms clarified, please check out our detailed blog about corset and waist trainer terminology.

Hopefully this Q & A gives you a better understanding of the common terms we use on the phone, in videos and on our blogs. 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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