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True Corset Mesh Cincher Review

Last updated on September 27th, 2016 at 01:19 am

This post is a summary of the “True Corset Mesh Cincher Review” videos.

Below you will find the first review I did for True Corset (May 13 2014), when they didn’t have the full waist tape – this was their OLD stock.

When I notified True Corset of a few improvements they could make to their products, they added a few changes (include a full waist tape instead of a partial tape, and seemingly stronger grommet panel) so below is my second review (August 26, 2014)  with the amendments:

Fit, length Front and back are about 9.5 inches long, and the sides are slightly less than 9 inches. I consider this a modern slim silhouette; the ribcage is about 5″ bigger than the waist, and the hips are about 8″ bigger than the waist. (Original measurements: ribcage 29″, waist 24″, high hip 32″) Recommended for people of shorter stature or shorter waists. If you have any issues with lower tummy pooch, choose a longer corset as this one doesn’t extend down to cover the lower abdomen.
Material Single layer of mesh, with twill reinforcements on the busk and grommet area, and grosgrain boning channels.
Construction 5 panel pattern, all panels looking fairly parallel. Single boned on the seams, with internal boning channels straddling each seam to strengthen it.
Binding Commercial black satin ribbon, not folded under. Machine stitched on the outside and inside. 6 garter tabs (3 on each side).
Waist tape 1-inch wide black satin ribbon, exposed on the inside of the corset. It does not extend through all panels though; this waist tape starts between panels 1-2, and ends between panels 4-5, so that panel 1 and panel 5 are not reinforced.
Modesty panel No modesty panel or placket on my corset.
Busk 8.5 inches long with 5 pins (equidistantly spaced). Fairly stiff, just short of 1″ wide on each side.
Boning 12 total bones not including busk. On each side there are four 1/4″ spiral steel bones (in internal channels) and the bones seem to be coated or covered in a kind of black heat shrink tubing, probably to help it match the rest of the black corset. Two further 1/4″ wide flats sandwich the grommets on each side.
Grommets 20 grommets total, size #00 two-part grommets with small flange; set equidistantly. The NEW stock of corsets appear to have extra reinforcement at the back; the grommets fortunately don’t pull out the same way that they did in the older stock version.
Laces 1/4″ black flat braided nylon shoe-lace style laces. Virtually unbreakable. Has a bit of spring.
Price At this time, it sells for $39 on


This cincher is designed for beginners, as it has an attractive price and a modern slim silhouette. When I tried True Corset’s Dragon cincher in early 2014, I noticed that the size 22″ didn’t close very far in the back due to my ribcage and hips, so I went with the size 24″ this time in the mesh and found that it closed entirely in the back, and fit my circumferential measurements quite comfortably.

La Esmeralda models the black mesh cincher by True Corset. This corset also comes in red and white.
La Esmeralda models the black mesh cincher by True Corset. This corset also comes in red and white.

The mesh is a “fishnet” style (very common among OTR corsets) and on the delicate side – I have noticed that there is some expansion of the mesh at the waistline (which is why they recommend you purchase one size smaller than usual, even though I personally didn’t do so – in fact, I recommend ordering one size up due to the gentle curve).

In the old stock, I noticed the grommets had begun to pull out at the waistline after a few wears. I recommended to True Corset that the grommet panel be reinforced with another layer of twill; this would give the grommets more fabric to “grab onto”. I also suggested using grommets with a wider flange. Their newer stock corsets seemed to use the same grommets, but they must have made some other changes as my newer stock mesh corset didn’t have any grommets pull out.

I must stress what True Corset said to me: that this piece is not a waist training nor a tight lacing corset – I would say it should only be used for occasional light lacing. I used this corset for “stealthing” under some of my favorite dresses in the summer as it provided some shaping while keeping me cool. Mesh corsets are difficult to review, because they really only have resurfaced in the last couple of years and as of yet there is no set standard of quality (the way there is a standard with other strength fabrics e.g. twill, coutil, etc.). Because it is not identical in strength or construction to a cotton twill corset, this piece should not be used the same way as a twill corset.

True Corset is a bit brave to have been one of the first OTR companies to take on the challenge of affordable mesh corsetry. These pieces, despite being single layer, may be more difficult to construct due to the lightweight, easily malleable and porous nature of the mesh. Certain mesh types may be more difficult to source or more expensive than twill. This corset has been the least expensive mesh corset I have ever tried, now priced at less than half it was originally in 2014 – just keep in mind that you get what you pay for when it comes to mesh corsetry; don’t expect it to hold up the way a custom waist training corset would!

You can find the True Corset mesh cincher in three different colors (white, black and red) on here on Amazon.

8 thoughts on “True Corset Mesh Cincher Review

  1. Hi Lucy,

    I’ve followed your blog and youtube channel for awhile now, and saw you’ve reviewed a few corsets for people who are short waisted; this being one. Would you have a suggestion for a good starter corset for someone in a hot climate looking for lower back support, but not looking to waist train?


    1. Hi Elayne, I’ve talked with True Corset and they have sent me photos of changes to their mesh corsets; the waist tape now extends the full width of the corset, and they said that they would strengthen the back panel with the grommets. So for gentle wear and back support but not waist training, this corset would be fine to work with. Orchard Corset is also coming out with a mesh corset in several weeks, I’m not sure if you’d like to wait for that but their prices would be comparable.

      1. Hi Lucy-

        I recently got one of the new Orchard Corsets mesh ones, and so far, I love it. I was ready to size down (from 28″ to 26″- I have a 32″ natural waist), and I did. It’s incredibly comfortable and seasoned so fast. I can almost already close it after a short time of use (and it’s definitely 2″ less in the waist than my previous one- I followed your directions and measured).

        I’m wondering if you plan to review it? It strikes me as a really good beginner corset and summer corset. They claim that is durable enough for daily use and waist training. I don’t have the expertise to know if this is true and if it is constructed better than the True Corset one. I’m don’t want to ruin this one if it is not that durable- I’d rather just wear it with a 2 inch opening when it’s really hot (to not put a lot of stress on it) and get a more sturdy 26″ corset.

        1. Hi Elizabeth, I’ve inquired several times about getting a mesh CS-201 corset, but they are not in stock in the size 22″ and from the sound of it, they won’t be in stock for some time. Once they get it in stock, I hope to review it.

  2. Hello, Ms. Lucy! Did you see that Orchard Corsets is planning to offer a mesh corset in mid June? They say that many people will be able to size down… but I have my doubts about that (it’s a single layer and I just don’t see it being sturdy enough to stand up to the extra stress). Might be a nice, affordable option for summer though for those trying to maintain a certain reduction.

  3. Hello, i apoligize i didnt know where to post this, but can/have you ever reviewed annzley corsets? If so what do you think of them?

    1. Sorry, I haven’t tried any corsets by Annzley – I would recommend NOT buying from that store, because they steal product photos from other businesses, and then manufacture cheap knock-offs that are not remotely similar in silhouette or strength.

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