OK we’re not shopping for you. We’re shopping for me. Spoiler alert: I already know what I want. I don’t have the money for it, it’s out of stock anyway, and I’m not yet ready for it so it doesn’t matter but I thought I’d walk you through the process of finding a corset. I’ve purchased great fitting corsets so far so I feel comfortable enough doing it that I can help others a little.
We need more measurements but I’m just being quick ‘n dirty right now: My underbust is 28″, my waist is anywhere from 27-29″. My upper hip is 32″ and my lower hip is about 35″. The lower hip is only important for a longline corset.
What I have in mind: I’m currently able to kinda close a 20″ so I’m thinking about going to an 18″ next. I will need a rib spring of 10″ and a hip spring of 14″. I’d like a longline, but it’s not a deal breaker and I don’t mind hipties. I don’t have my heart set on any kind of material. Mesh would be nice for the summer (our apartment gets to be 100F, easy). Cupped is preferred, semi cupped is acceptable I think.
So I’m going to head over to Orchard Corset. I remember they have a rather curvy model, something that I need to look for at this point. A newbie might want to look at the 426 standard. It is a cozy comfortable hug but it’s just weird on my body for some reason and can’t be worn for long. Other people have better luck than me.
For shits n giggles go ahead and check out their satin 426 longline and see if you can find the rib and hip spring measurements. Go ahead I’ll wait. Yeah ok so it’s just not going to be a good fit for what I’m looking for. Also why don’t they give a lower hip measurement if it’s a longline? Anyway…
OK Let’s go look at their curvy model. Find the rib and hip springs again. It’s 2″ too big in the hips and 1″ too small in the ribs. I could get a 16″, lace it with a V shape to allow room for my ribcage and waist. It is a very lovely shape and it might be something worth getting in the future if there is a sale. The only problem is I think it’s got a conical rib? Sometimes I can’t tell very well and I don’t see it mentioned on the page.
We can look at other websites like Timeless Trends. I don’t have any from there but they are very popular. Go ahead and have a little lookie-loo, see if there’s anything you like. Would anything fit me? I couldn’t find anything. 😦
(While we’re at TT, go ahead and check out their silhouettes page.)
OK I’ve looked at a variety of websites now and I’ve had a hard time finding something that’ll fit me, largely because anything below 20″ is a bit out of the norm for off-the-rock (OTR). I could get custom made but I honestly just really love Mystic City Corsets so let’s head over there. Hashtag not sponsored. Hashtag please sponsor me.
One of the great things about MCC is they provide loads of measurements for each corset and tell you how to measure for them. So you ought to do that and write those numbers down.
They have a pretty handy tool right here. Plug in your measurements (or mine, if you want to follow along with me) and go.
Now we can scroll down and look at the numbers and see what we can find that is similar to our measurements. I’d love to have a longline but it’s not a deal breaker. Just going by rib spring (the first column) I have to scroll alllll the way down to find the 10″ ones.
Whoa! MCC112 is a perfect match! Let’s type that into the search field… we get these results:
OK let’s look at the comparison chart again…
The search isn’t working for some of the models and I’m lazy so I’ll jump to the corset I think I’d like to get next (although nothing wrong with the MCC112)
The more I look at them the more I think I like something about the 112’s shape better. I have loads of time to think about it and look at other companies. I looked at the other measurements I mentioned near the top of the post and it looks suitable.
So that’s it! I hope that walking through this process gave you a better feel on how to find a corset for yourself. I highly recommend you send your measurements to the companies that you like, along with what you’re looking for, to help you find the best corset for you.
I think I will do at least one more newbie related corset post after this and it will be about lacing up, different lacing techniques, and fitting issues.