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 opposed to a sloping hip spring which can put pressure on their 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:
Bespoke/ Custom corsets with High Hip Shelf:
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.