Corset Shopping Guide

Are you looking to buy a new corset?

Are you trying to find a corset maker who lives near you?

Or do you just want to “window shop” and learn more about all the different corset brands out there?

You’ve come to the right place.

Welcome to the Corset Shopping Guide! Here you will find some of the tools, maps, lists and databases I’ve compiled to make your research faster and easier! Click on any of the headings to begin your search:

Corsetiere Map

Click here to go to the corsetiere map

 

This is a database and interactive map to help you find corsetieres (aka corset makers) who may live near YOU, where ever you are in the world. Look up their general location, website, email, Facebook and other social media. You can also narrow down your search by clicking the “Tried by Lucy? YES” toggle at the bottom, to find corsetieres I’ve personally done business with.

Corsetiere Map PROS: Meeting in person with a corsetiere can be useful – they can help you take your measurements and determine your size, they can help you figure out what type of corset would work best for you, and they can also make you a beautifully-fitting custom corset. If you’ve never seen or felt a corset in person before, they may have samples to show you, so you know what to expect.

Corsetiere Map CONS: Getting a custom-made corset from a corsetiere can be expensive.  If you’re looking for something cheaper/ a smaller investment, check the next heading below. The corsetieres marked in red are those that I haven’t personally tried so cannot vouch for their quality. I advise you to do your homework on any corsetiere and look at their past work before investing.

Corset Brands by Price Range

Corsets by Budget: Corset Shopping Guide

Want a comprehensive list of all the corset brands that I (Lucy) have personally tried and tested? You got it! The list is separated by price range so you can easily find corsets that fit your budget. Beside each brand, I’ve also provided links to their website, and also to my objective and in-depth review(s).

Price List PROS: This list includes off-the-rack (OTR) corset brands which ship immediately and are often lower in price. You can also compare and contrast the different styles, silhouette, quality and price using my corset reviews, so you have a better idea of what to expect.

Price List CONS: Many of these brands are online-only businesses (no storefront) so you may not always know exactly what you’re buying. Research their shipping fees, exchange/ return policies, and whether or not to expect taxes/duty.

Guided Galleries for Corset Window Shopping (highly recommended!)

Specific Corset Styles: Corset Shopping GuideShopping by price alone (like you’ll find above) sometimes isn’t enough. What if you’re looking for a specific kind of corset? If you’re short, you need a cincher. If you live in a hot climate, you might like a sheer/ mesh corset. If you want to correct posture, maybe you need a corset with shoulder straps. If you’re full-figured, you need to find a corset company that supplies plus-sizes. That’s what these galleries are for.

Gallery PROS: These galleries organize corsets by specific type, so you can narrow down what you want/ need in a corset, and find corsetieres that can cater to your wishes.

Gallery CONS: Not all of the corset brands and makers in these galleries have been personally tested by myself, so in some situations the quality is unknown. Take the information with a grain of salt, and if you do plan to purchase from a certain maker, be sure to email them and ensure they are the right “match” for you. You can also use my consultation service to help narrow down your options.

Corset Dimensions Directory (Lace-Base)

Corset measurements and dimensions: Corset Shopping Guide

Are you interested in the “hard numbers” of a certain corset brand, but you can’t find a sizing chart on their website? Look no further! I’ve taken all the standard sized corsets I own and measured their bust, underbust, waist and hip circumferences, as well as their length in the center front and the princess seam (from underbust to lap). A well-made corset should reduce only your waistline and match the rest of your measurements as closely as possible. This chart will help you find the corset with the right curves for your body!

Lace-Base PROS: These charts take the guesswork out of finding the “spring” in the corsets (difference between the waist and bust, waist and hips etc), and numbers don’t lie! If you’re worried that a corset you find on the internet won’t be as curvy in real life as it is on the website, this chart will verify whether it will truly fit you.

Lace-Base CONS: While a picture of a “floating corset” doesn’t tell the whole story, sometimes numbers don’t tell the whole story either. For instance, a corset might be too narrow around the sides of the hips, yet it might also give too much extra space in the front and bow away from your lower tummy! This is a drafting issue, even if the overall measurements are supposed to be okay. To see the fit of all the corsets on my body, please click on any hyperlinked name in the chart and it will take you to my review where you can learn more about the corset overall.

Can I Waist Train in This Corset?

OTR Corsets for Waist Training

 

Many OTR corsets seem to be well-made and give dramatic curves, but are they suited for waist training, or only tight lacing? On this page, I summarize the corset brands and styles I’ve tried into an easy-to-read table, comparing construction concerns, curve level, customer service and my opinion on whether someone would be able to use the corset for daily wear or waist training under proper use.

Please note that is one of the most subjective pages on my entire website – what I may consider fair for waist-training is what many others would consider not suitable. Sometimes my opinion differs from what the brand advertises themselves, so take this information with a grain of salt. I’m still of the belief that a custom-fit corset made specifically to your body and your specifications by an experienced corsetiere is the absolute best option for training.

Corset Reviews (Video Playlist) (Written Reviews)

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I have now tried an estimated 105 corsets from 46 different brands (not including my own corsets), and I’ve filmed and written reviews for  over 60 of these so far! It is my hope that before the end of the year, I will have recorded another 20 corset reviews. My reviews are in depth, fact-based and not opinion-based reviews of products that I purchased. Over time, both myself and my viewers learned more about how the construction, pattern, materials, etc. can vary so widely from one corset brand and style to another. My aim is to show the corset in enough detail that the viewer feels as if the corset is right in front of them, so they know what quality to expect.

Corset Review PROS: Each corset is treated like a case study, and the corset is shown and described in high detail. The structure of each review is more-or-less the same, making comparison of small components between corset styles and brands quite easy. Over time, those who watch my reviews gain a true understanding of what quality is, and what construction techniques and features they prefer for their corsets.

Corset Review CONS: These reviews are not for the impatient. If you’re looking for quick, opinion-based reviews, you won’t find those here (although you’re welcome to read my “Final Thoughts” section of my written reviews). Also, I’m just one reviewer – my experience may be different from another customer’s experience – do your research and look for more reviews than only mine!

Consultations

 

Click here to go to the Consultation page

Still feeling a little lost even with the tools above? I offer consultations on this site – you pay the fee, fill out the questionnaire as best as you can, and I will point you in the direction of the corset brands that I think will best suit your needs and preferences.

Consultation PROS: If you don’t have the time to learn about corsets, I take the guesswork out of corset shopping. This potentially save you hundreds of hours of research and thousands of dollars in waisted corsets that don’t fit you properly or doesn’t suit its purpose.

Consultation CONS: This is a paid service (hey, my time and experience are valuable – I’ve spent 4+ years and close to $20,000 on this corset/Youtube passion, and published my articles and videos for free) – and you don’t get the joy of learning for yourself by watching videos, reading articles and immersing yourself into the corset community.

If you like, you can also take a peek in my online store.

Purple with Silver and Gold Brocade

I have a “Bronze” line which consists of one-of-a-kind samples and gently-used corsets, both sold at great discount compared to their RRP. These are only available in the size stated, and they are ready to ship immediately.

The “Silver” line consists of standard sized or off-the-rack corsets, brand new and available in several different styles. These are sold in sizes 20 – 38 (good for natural waist sizes from 22 inches up to about 45 inches) and ready to ship immediately.

The “Gold” line project has been put on the backburner for the next few years, but if this is ever picked up again, I will make an announcement for it.

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  1. Lisa

    Hi, I’m 6’2″ and I’m looking for a corset with a dramatic curve. Also, one that will pull my lower stomach in and help me lose inches in that area. Can you please help?

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Lisa, thanks so much for your comment. To pull in the lower tummy, you’ll want a longline corset. The fabric wrapping around the hips provides leverage to pull in the tummy from the front (a corset with a short side seam will only result in causing the bottom of the corset to pooch out in front). Here is a gallery of longline corsets for tall people or long-waisted people – clicking on any of the pictures will redirect you to the website where you can learn more or purchase it.

  2. Isabel

    Hi, I’ve a rather large waist for my bust and hips measurements. Not that I have a small bust (in fact I wear a cup H, in UK sizes) but have always had a lot of stomach since mt early years and lately also a big belly.That’s why I’d like to start waist training: I´d like to do someting to get my stomach flatter and a more houglassy silhouette, although I don’t intend to loose a lot of weight (I’m a chubby/BBW woman and I enjoy it). The prtoblem with waist training is that I work full time in an office(seated, that is) and most of my free time is spend on the internet (seated again). My waist is 42″ and mw hips and bust 48″. Can you recommend a model that I can wear for waist training with confort for waist training having to be seated all day, what makes may wait becoming even latger?

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Isabel, I recommend checking out two of the galleries. Here is a gallery for plus size corsets (although you shouldn’t have a problem finding your corset size as I would estimate you to be around size 36″ or thereabouts) and here is a gallery of overbust corsets for fuller busts, although generally speaking I recommend waist training with an underbust corset.

  3. Emily

    Hi, my name is Emily. I’ve been looking for a good corset that will fit me and it’s been difficult because I’m very short and curvy. Do you have any suggestions for a good underbust corset with a large hipspring that will work for me? I’m about 4’10” and my natural waist is 30″.

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Emily, I would suggest looking at the gallery of curvy cinchers under $200 here. 🙂

  4. Ashtyn

    Hello, my name is Ashtyn. I’m actually pretty tiny, I wear size 23(00) pants and my bra size is a 28D, I wanna make sure j get a small enough corset that it will make a difference when I wear it, I’ve bought a few waist trainers that do nothing because they arnt tight enough. So I believe a corset may be better for me. I would love to buy one I just am unsure of what size would be best for me

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Ashtyn, what is your natural waist size? There are many corset brands these days that stock 18-inch corsets (suitable if your waist is 22 inches naturally) and if your waist is smaller than that, there still might be a couple of brands that are not too expensive. I have a measuring guide here which you’re welcome to use.

  5. Holly

    I have googled the shirts you wear under your corsets, but nothing comes up. I need a blouse or tshirt for my vest-under bust corset and I can’t find anything. I am a bigger size 34 DDD; basically a XL or 16 in clothes. Help!

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Holly, unfortunately I can’t tell you where I get most of my shirts, because most of them come from the local thrift stores like Goodwill and Value Village! I don’t know if you’re familiar with Le Chateau but they do sell great shirts that seem to go well with corsets – they’re large through the bust and small through the waist, and are often made from stretchy knits that are comfortable under corsets. But as of this time, there’s no one company that I exclusively endorse for corset wear!

  6. Erica

    Hello! I’ve watched a few of your videos and I’m still at a loss on what type to get. I do not care to waist train. I want to posture train. I have a huge tendency to slouch my back and I do not want to end up with a hump back. So if you could recommend a corset type that could support my back and get my posture corrected that’d be just awesome!

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Erica, if you’re looking for posture correction and specifically something to pull your shoulders back and correct your upper back, I’d suggest looking through the waistcoat style corsets (the ones with shoulder straps). Cheers!

  7. Lori

    Hi! I’m about to have my second baby in a few weeks. My waistline really disappeared with the first and the Velcro postpartum belts do nothing. I’m thin (was 110 prepregnancy…5’5″) and short waisted. I don’t have my prepregnancy measurements. Anything you could recommend? Anything out there also slim hips as well as waist?

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Lori, I have an article on post partum belly binding here, and I talk about how those hip reducing corsets work in this video (although I wouldn’t recommend using those hip slimmers for any other purpose!). But I do recommend you wait until after you have your baby before you’re measured and fitted for a corset. I hope this information helps!

  8. pat

    I’am about 4′ 11″ and have a big tummy. Can you recommend something that will also be comfortable. What is waist training?? Thank you

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Pat, if you have a lower tummy that you want to flatten and control, but you have a short torso, then a longline corset for a short-waisted person may be the way to go. I have a playlist on Youtube about waist training here.

  9. Bianca RIvera

    Hi Lucy, I had my baby five months ago and I want to try waist training. I don’t have a very long torso and I have a mommy pouch. Which type of corset is best for me?

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Bianca, sorry for my late response. If you have a long torso and a mommy pouch, I’d definitely recommend a longline corset. I have a gallery of longline corsets, but if you need help with your measurements you’re welcome to submit them here.

  10. Agatha

    Hi Lucy,

    Thanks for your blog.

    I’m from Auckland, New Zealand – Corseterie can do custom made and has a lot of OTR corsets to try in stock.

    Can you please add them to your map: http://corseterie.co.nz/

    In 1 month, I was able to close the gap of my 22″ corset (double fabric, 20 steel bones) but only because the fabric has stretched to 25″ when closed (natural waist 26″). I think I lace quite tightly…

    Can you recommend an “invincible” or super strong corset make/ style? What is the maximum layers of fabric (or leather), and bones that you know of ?

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Agatha, the strongest corset I’ve personally tried was from Contour Corsets; it reduced my waist by 8 inches without so much as stretching. Mine is made from mesh but she does have a double leather option available if that’s what you prefer.

  11. Amy

    I live in Egypt, and am really interested in waist training. I am not aware of anyone who makes corsets here; seemly so far it looks like I most likely will have to order online. Do you have any suggestions for me as far as finding a good corset online. Also majority of the year except for the winter months is pretty hot, any suggestions on types of materials I should look for?

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Amy, you might be interested in a mesh corset if you live in a hot climate! I have a gallery of mesh corsets here; the OTR (cheaper) ones are at the top, but there are many custom makers who offer beautiful bespoke work if you have a larger budget.

  12. Dee

    I live in France but I am Australian. I want to know if there is a cut of age to start wearing a corset. I love fashion and have always been fit, I am in my 40s and am fascinated to try waist training. Would I be waisting my time?

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hello Dee! I have a video/ article discussing age factors here for your reading pleasure. When it comes to an upper limit though, it’s more dependent on your health rather than your age. If you have any specific concerns, I suggest talking to your trusted doctor who knows your personal history. But I know of some women who started wearing corsets in their 60s!

  13. Millie-May

    Hey Lucy, for little old New Zealand we also have Asphyxia Couture in Auckland. Her webpage is http://www.asphyxiacouture.com/

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Millie-May, Asphyxia Couture is added to the Corsetiere Map. 🙂

  14. Shan

    I love the site and I am nervously thinking about dipping to toes in the waters of corsetry. Have you reviewed the secrets in lace venus underbust? I have searched your site and I thought I read somewhere that their corsets are a different brand and not made by secrets in lace. I’ve ordered other things from them that I like and I was curious.
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Shan, unfortunately I haven’t reviewed anything by Secrets in Lace (that I know of – it’s possible that I am familiar with their maker or manufacturer, but I’m not yet aware of who that may be!). But I definitely have my eye on that brand. 🙂

  15. Carley

    Hi Lucy,
    Is Isabella Corsetry Petite Josephine corset suitable for waist training? I would like to lose inches from my natural waist and move around the ribs a bit. Thanks for your help!

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi Carley, I do know of some people who train in Isabella’s corsets – if you’re concerned about the length, contact Isabella directly and ask her how long her Petite Josephine is in exact inches or cm. Then compare it to your own torso length. That is the most surefire way to determine if it will sit well on you.

  16. Dennis Smith

    Posture problem.Slumping. I am male, need a military posture. Any advice?
    Thanks!

    1. Boo Bobobob

      Hi there Dennis, I have male corsets available in my “Silver Line” of corsets (the new OTR corsets from Timeless Trends/ Black Iris) – if you’re looking for something more custom made, I might be able to help through my consultation service. Thanks!

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