Overbust Corsets with Cups


Cupped overbust corsets are often confused with bustiers or Merry Widows, but in the words of Julia Bremble, “a corset with cups is as corsetty as any other corset if it does a corsetty job.” I personally adore my cupped overbusts because they give a more natural silhouette under clothing compared to conventional overbusts (which may flatten the bust or lift the bust too high). Wearing a well-made cupped overbust under clothing looks like you’re wearing a bra, combined with a cinched waist. They work very well under strapless dresses, and in particular vintage shelf-bust dresses.

Those who are particularly heavy-busted may find that a cupped overbust takes considerable pressure off the neck, shoulders and upper back by supporting the bust properly from below and eliminating the need for shoulder straps. If you don’t like the cupped corset aesthetic, I have another gallery featuring corsetieres that make conventional overbusts (without cups) designed specifically to fit top-heavy women.

*Corsetieres, if you have made cupped overbust corsets and you have a photo to submit to the gallery, please feel free to email me here. Safe-for-work photos are preferred. Thank you!

Madame Sher Overbust with Cups, $600 (cupped styles start at $490)

Madame Sher Overbust with Cups, $600 (cupped styles start at $490)

Versatile Corsets Mimosa overbust, $398

Black Cat Corsets “Chocolate 20” corduroy cupped overbust, R$ 600

Morgana Femme Couture MF1305 cupped overbust, starts at £350

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Corsets & More cupped overbust as part of a wedding gown

Cupped and corded overbust by Lost in Wonderland Lingerie & Corsetry

Cupped and corded overbust by Lost in Wonderland Lingerie & Corsetry

Royal Black "Queen of the Night" outfit, starts at €1799 (about $2450)

Royal Black “Queen of the Night” outfit, starts at €1799 (about $2450)

Ferrer Corsets “Crimson Passion” overbust with cups, R$ 2790 (Ferrer’s cupped overbusts start at R$ 570)

Sinner Couture “Hellbilly Chic” cupped overbust, $450

Anachronism in Action bra-cup-style overbust, custom starts at $435

Anachronism in Action bra-cup-style overbust, custom starts at $435

Cherries Pin-Up Picnic overbust corset with cups by The Bad Button

Cherries Pin-Up Picnic overbust corset with cups by The Bad Button

Ivy Rose Custom Designs hand-dyed cupped overbust.

Totally Waisted! corsets cupped overbust, $900

Totally Waisted! Corsets cupped overbust, $900

Period Corsets c.1950 Stevie Corset, $362

Period Corsets c.1950 Stevie Corset, $362

Orchid Corsetry

Orchid Corsetry “Belle Dame” cupped overbust, Gilded Cages collection

“Alexis” wedding corset, by The Ardent Collection

Sparklewren cupped sheer overbust (only available for in-person fittings). Photo: InaGlo, Model: Ivory Flame

Sparklewren cupped sheer overbust (only available for in-person fittings). Photo: InaGlo, Model: Ivory Flame

*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 email any of the above makers to learn more about their corsets. Tiddly links are Etsy Affiliate links which help to keep this gallery online and free to use.

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