There are many reasons that a person may be interested in a corset with a very abrupt, sharp curve from the waist to the hip: if you have one hip higher than the other (from an uneven pelvis, tightness in the muscles and ligaments on one side of your hip, or one leg longer than the other) then you may want to accommodate for your higher hip and disguise the asymmetry by wearing a corset drafted with a dramatic “hip shelf”. Someone who has a particularly wide pelvis and smaller waist may also find this silhouette more comfortable, as a sloping hip spring that puts pressure on the hip bones.
This hip spring tends to look quite striking as well, and some people may simply want to take advantage of this silhouette for fashion or costuming purposes even though they may not have the hips to “fill out” the upper hip measurement – these corseters can pad out the inside of the corset where there is “air” between the body and the corset at the iliac crest, but more often than not the bones in the corset add enough structure that the hips do not collapse in even if you don’t pad them out.
For more information on this style of corset, and whether it might be suitable for you, see my Youtube video!
Corsetieres, if you have a corset that accommodates high, square hips, send me an email with your best picture (safe-for-work photos preferred!) and a short description – you can have your work added to this gallery!
OTR/ RTW Corsets with High Hip Shelf:
Restyle’s “Wide Hip” underbust in matte cotton is an excellent choice for those with a high hip spring and short torso. ($49)
Mystic City Corsets makes an “Anti-Muffin” underbust that has a high, square hip spring for avoiding pinched hips, low front to hold in a hanging tummy, and high back to prevent spillover. ($89)
The Mae Extreme corset from What Katie Did features hip gores and a fairly high hip spring, which is suitable for someone who has a large waist-to-high-hip difference, but then not much of a difference between high and low hip. Model: Miss Miranda. ($275)
Axfords corsets also has a slightly longline corset with relatively generous hips, this one (the c410) made specifically to go under bridal gowns, and has a flap to cover the front busk.
Bespoke/ Custom corsets with High Hip Shelf:
Dark Garden owner Autumn Adamme models her own corset made under the instruction of Mr. Pearl. Note the distinctive “Pearlescent” hip spring and silhouette. Photo: Joel Aron
Here designer and corsetier Gabriel Moginot models a high-reduction corset with an abrupt hip spring, from his own line Maison Moginot.
Contour Corsets is a bespoke brand that specializes in the “hip shelf”. Fran, the corsetiere behind the brand, wrote an essay on defining the iliac crest and demonstrated by balancing a glass of water on her hip! Modelled by Lucy Corsetry (me).
Here Sparklewren demonstrates her excellent pattern drafting in a fitted corset dress, with a sharp hip spring and completely wrinkle-free panels.
Prior Attire has made this butterscotch yellow demibust corset with an impressive hip spring; part of her 2015 Geisha corsetry collection. (The flossing says “woman”!) Photo: Pitcheresque imagery.
Model Penny Underbust perfectly shows off Innova Corsetry’s superb drafting skills in this mesh underbust with a very square hip shelf.
Lovely Rats Corsetry also drafts for extreme hip springs as demonstrated here in a pastel corset, again for Penny Underbust.
Which of these corsets have you tried? Which are your favorite? Leave a comment below and tell us!
*Please note that I have not personally tried every corset brand in this list, nor do I necessarily endorse every company in my Guided Galleries. This is for informational purposes only.