Last updated on April 23rd, 2021 at 10:45 am
Folks obviously come in different shapes and sizes, and when it comes to a ready-to-wear world of fashion, we make do where we can. People with shorter waists may be able to purchase a cincher and it would fit like a full underbust corset on them, while people who are a little taller may be able to do the opposite – purchase a regular underbust corset and have it fit like a cincher. I have even heard of some purchasing an overbust corset just so it would fit as an underbust!
However, making do in this manner sometimes comes with their own potential fitting issues. If going custom-fit is not an option, then what I normally recommend for long-waisted corset wearers (those who have a torso length of 11 inches or longer from underbust to lap) are longline corsets, so there is less likely to be muffin top around the ribcage where the underbust may not extend far enough, or their lower abdomen falling out from the bottom edge of the corset.
Here are a few examples of longer OTR and ready-to-wear corsets that may keep even the longest of waists covered. All of the following corsets are under $300 USD for those on a budget:
The Gemini Longline corset is the most recent addition to the Timeless Trends family – it has the same rib and hip springs as the original Gemini corset, but it’s two inches longer (nearly 11 inches from underbust to lap). Just like the other Gemini, it’s available in two different silhouettes depending on whether you’d like to train your ribs or not. I also made improvements to the original Gemini pattern; making it higher in the back for less “muffin top”, not so long at the bottom in the back so it will be a bit more comfortable for those with a prominent bum. Lastly, this corset is designed for slightly higher-waisted folks – the Gemini longline is longer from the waist down (shorter from the waist up), whereas the hourglass longline has the opposite length distribution. Find the Gem Long corsets here!
The Josephine underbust corset by Isabella Corsetry is also an extremely popular choice, as it offers dramatic curves for a low price. The Josephine corset is said to be Edwardian-inspired with its tapered ribcage, low waist and flat front (shown here with a wide, rigid busk), although this is not a true S-curve corset. On my Josephine corset, it measures 13″ long in the center front, and 10.5″ along the princess seam. If you are long waisted, be sure that you are choosing the original Josephine corset and not the Petite Josephine, for shorter waists! See my Josephine corset review.
For those who would like a milder version of the Josephine, there is the CS-426 underbust by Orchard Corset which is similar in length (13 inches in the center front, 10.5 inches long at the princess seam) but about half the price, twice the size range, and a bit less of a dramatic curve. If you would like to compare the rib spring and hip spring with your own measurements for any of the corsets on this page, head over to the Lace Base and try out the calculator! See my CS-426 review.
The longline underbust from Timeless Trends is a popular choice for tall and pear-shaped corset wearers, especially those with natural waists of 32-45 inches who often have a ribcage measurement the same size or slightly smaller than their waist size. All of the Timeless Trends longline corsets contain side hip ties which adjust to accommodate generous hips, and can expand as you’re able to cinch down further at the waist. This corset is also about 13 inches long from the center front and about 11 inches along the princess seam. See my longline TT corset review.
Morgana Femme Couture is one of my favourite UK companies because they create stunning, high quality corsets with superb materials, with all their labour done by well-trained corsetieres in England, for an extremely reasonable price all things considered. This standard sized, ready-to-wear version of the MF1331 from MFC’s Etsy shop has a center front length of 13.5″, and princess seam length of 11.5″. See my Morgana Femme Couture review.
The “Hipster” corset by Leatherotics best fits those with very narrow rib springs (this corset offers a rib spring of just 4 inches, for those who might have a smaller ribcage and find that other styles gape at the top). It also has an interesting lower edge, where the center front is the same or possible even even be a touch higher than the princess seam – it may be suited to those who are looking for hip stabilization without necessarily maximized lower tummy support.
The Nicole corset by Vollers (UK) may look deceptively simple, but in fact it is a very interesting corset. One of the pattern pieces cuts horizontally across the entire corset like a yoke at the waistline, and it is also the only corset on this list which features a placket to conceal the busk, making this corset useful when worn under clothing. It’s cut straight across on both top and bottom edges (also great for concealing under clothing), making the length 12.5 inches all the way around the corset. See my Nicole review.
Castle Corsetry (California) has standard sized and made to measure corsets in cheery and nerdy themes starting at $250 USD. Their longline corsets have a slight hip shelf, nearly straight-across bottom edge for maximum leverage to support the lower tummy, and a waist-to-lap length of 5.5 inches. They best fit high-waisted folks who need more lower tummy length and less length through the ribs.
The Foxglove underbust is one of Versatile Corsets (Oregon) many longer underbust corset options, and this particular style, part of their Candy Garden limited edition line, is particularly stunning! It features an expertly pattern-matched center front motif, along with ruffles and silk side panels. The center front of this corset is 13.5 inches long, while the princess seam (underbust to lap) is 12.5 inches long. This corset also features side hip ties to accommodate a dramatic spring of up to 16 inches! See my Foxglove review.
The Jolie longline underbust by Glamorous Corsets (New York) is 10.5 inches at the princess seam and 13 inches at the center front. This piece has more dramatically contoured top and bottom edges, with the top “w” hugging the line of a bra underwire, and the bottom “M” allowing maximum length over the lower tummy while still allowing room for those with prominent quad muscles to sit down comfortably. You can find the corset in black cotton and beige cotton in my shop here.
The most popular corset from What Katie Did (US/UK) was the Morticia underbust — the original of which was lovely for long-waisted corseters with its princess seam (underbust to lap) length of about 11.5 inches (according to the official WKD website). Before the complete redesign of their corsets, they also had a made-to-order option including the addition of a spoon busk for even more tummy support, for $299. However with the Morticia Nouveau (seen here) the corsets were shortened to fit a wider range of torso lengths, and the princess seam was shortened to just 9.75 inches, so it may not be considered a longline corset anymore. This post is for posterity and to update my readers of the change. See my original Morticia review here.
*Please note that I have not personally tried every corset brand in this list, nor do I necessarily endorse every company in these guided galleries. This is for informational purposes only. Please contact the individual corsetieres and sellers for more information about their longline corsets. Affiliate links help keep these galleries free for everyone.