Corset Shopping Guide

Last updated on February 1st, 2022 at 12:43 am

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)


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!


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.

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 16 – 42 (good for natural waist sizes from 20 inches up to about 50 inches).

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.

52 thoughts on “Corset Shopping Guide

  1. Hi there I purchased an AE corset and haven’t even finished seasoning it. I started reading on my subreddit group how it isn’t very good quality etc. I paid around $200 for mine and that sucks to know they aren’t as good as they make themselves out to be. I have a very short torso and would love to get a good waist trainer to give me a nice hour Glass shape. What would you recommend for stealth and daily wear for the short torso people like me ?

    Thanks in advance 😊👍

    1. Hi Sara, I would be happy to look at your measurements and get back to you with my recommendation for a corset length, size, and silhouette. :) I have a measuring tutorial and contact form here. I look forward to speaking with you!

  2. I have a short twisted torso due to scoliosis but waspies that fit make my large amount of back fat spill over and I really need a high back what do I do?

    1. Hi India, what corsets have you tried in the past? Have you ever been professionally fitted for a corset? You’re welcome to email me here and I can help you find a corset that will fit you better than your previous styles.

  3. I have bought other corsets with steelbone and I break the steel what am I doing wrong?

    1. Hi Eva, what brands of corsets have you tried in the past that ended up with broken steels? I’ve tried most corset brands so there’s a good chance that I’m familiar with the corsets you bought. Feel free to email me if you’re not comfortable talking on an open forum.

  4. Hello, I recently had a custom mesh Victorian style underbust made for my wedding dress. The corset does not have cups but my dress does. My question is will it be ok not having cups? Will the corset mold to my breasts after the seasoning period?

    1. Hi Jessica, the corset can’t fully support what it doesn’t cover unfortunately. A contoured top line of an underbust corset can somewhat act like an underwire, but without the fabric over the breast it won’t have the same lift and support as a regular bra or an overbust corset. If your dress has some structure, then certainly you might get some breast support from your dress. What I do though, is I pair a cincher or waspie with a strapless bra. The corset prevents the bra from falling down, and the longline bra prevents “muffin top” from the corset! I have a post with more detail here.

  5. I really thought I posted this question but now I cant find it. I’m new to corsetry, I just discovered it on FB and I am considering a corset from Storenvy do you know anything about them? DO you recommend them? Please & thank you!

    1. Hello Daniella, I’m sorry I cannot recommend a corset brand that I’ve never tried before. Additionally, I don’t know your body measurements or your budget and whether their corsets would fit you, because corsets are never a “one size fits all” item. But there is a table on this page where I break down the most popular brands and how well they hold up to waist training. Also if you’re looking for a corset that fits your figure and your tastes, my Corset Database is 100% free.

  6. I have thoracic scoliosis, which causes my ribcage to be narrow and flat on right side and bumped out on the left. I would like to know if I could train my ribs to be more symmetric, so my breast look better. My breast lags over almost in my armpit and the other looks much smaller because of the indention of my ribs pn the right.

    1. Hi Kerianne, it’s difficult to train the upper ribs (especially as adults when the bones are not as soft) but a corset can support your ribs and back, give you the appearance of better symmetry, and can help with pain (if you experience muscles being tighter on one side of the body than the other). A few corsetieres will take on scoliosis corrections – not a lot, but a few. You can see the gallery of corset makers who specialize in working with those with scoliosis here and here is an article about one person who was able to partially correct their curvature by using a corset (along with exercise).

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