These days, it seems that most people who seek out corsets are looking for anything but the modern slim shape – many are specifically looking for an hourglass or dramatic wasp-waist silhouette – but the beauty of personal taste is that inevitably some people do seek out a corset with a ‘softer’ silhouette, whether because it fits their body type more comfortably or because they’re using their corset as posture support without wanting too much waist reduction.
These corsets would fit ‘ruler’ or ‘apple’ shaped bodies (those with more narrow hips and a natural waist that is nearly the same size, or possibly even larger than their iliac crest measurement). If one has a protruding, convex tummy that is larger than their hip measurement, it’s even theoretically possible to “tightlace” in one of these corsets, and would be a more appropriate entry-level corset compared to a concave / more hourglass corset (which may result in too much flaring at the top and bottom edges).
Below you will find some of the more popular corsets with a modern slim silhouette. Those who are naturally more of an hourglass may be interested in starting with a different silhouette, however.
Timeless Trends was the first OTR brand I started with, and I personally found that their corsets offered a gentle curve, sturdy back support, and nearly indestructible construction (they back their corsets with a lifetime guarantee) for a relatively affordable price. In fact, I started distributing these corsets in my own shop – and it’s my policy to ensure that the measurements and needs of each customer will be properly met before they purchase a corset. Carried in sizes 18-42″, with over 200 different styles and colours. See my comparison of the different silhouettes here.
The Victorian Riding Underbust has met such fame, it even has its very own fanpage on Facebook! Part of the Affordable Excellence line on Corset Conection, this corset is cut high on the hip to offer higher mobility, and just a gentle nip in the waist. Available in 7 different fabrics and ranges from size 18 to 38.
The Scarlett overbust is the best-selling style by Versatile Corsets. While this one does give a little more of an hourglass shape, I personally found this corset to be comfortable for beginners who are not accustomed to large waist reductions, and provide bust support with little gaping at the top edge from the start. The standard-sized version offers approximately 6 inches of room for the bust, and up to 10 inches of room in the hips (coming down a little below the iliac crest) which can be filled out with a fluffy skirt if your hips are more on the slim side. See my review.
True Corset offers a selection of cinchers with a softer silhouette, gentle back support and affordable price. Their fabric selections include trusty satin and taffeta, beautiful brocade, and even some cool and breezy mesh versions, The company has both UK and US locations to serve more people, and you can even find them on Amazon! See my review.
Vollers Corset Company is one of the oldest purveyors of corsets in the UK, and possibly the world! Many of the styles on their site are slimmed-down, modernized versions of their original 19th-century patterns, so you get the nod towards the traditional with the flair of cheery fabric options, and an unintimidating fit for those not interested in necessarily shocking silhouettes. See my review of the similar Aida underbust.
What Katie Did is a well-respected brand with boutiques in both the UK and the US, and while they’re probably most well-known for their super curvy corsets, they have a few options for those a bit less curvy as well! Featured above is the small-bust version of the Sophia corset, currently their only overbust which does not have the hip gores so it gives a smooth, swooping silhouette without dramatic angles from the waist over the hips. For those with a fuller bust but slimmer hips, the Sophia does come in a D+ option as well! You can see my review of the corset here, although do note that I definitely prefer a curvier WKD cut for my body type.
Eternal Spirits is the original designer of the Agnes corset, which you might recognize because its picture has been stolen and used on countless Ebay and wholesale site listings, by irresponsible companies selling cheap knockoffs of the general design. I was just one of hundreds of customers scammed into believing that I was receiving a high quality item when instead I received this. So when I finally learned that Eternal Spirits was the genuine creator, I wanted to review their products to see what the real quality was like. I didn’t end up getting theAgnes corset though, I instead stumbled across this beautiful Audrey corset. The silhouette is gentle yet pleasing, and the construction is quite unique as far as corsets go. See my review.
*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 corset makers and sellers for more information about their gentle silhouette corsets. Affiliate links help keep this site online and keep the use of these galleries free for both corsetieres and shoppers.