How to Choose the Perfect Corset for You
When you hear the word “corset” the first thing you may picture are noble women from bygone eras who had themselves strapped into the restrictive undergarment as part of their daily wardrobe. Corsets may no longer be a mandatory part of a woman’s daily attire but it definitely still has a place in modern fashion.
As in the past, the modern corset is meant to enhance the curves of a woman’s figure. However, unlike in the past, women these days have the freedom to decide when to wear a corset, what to wear it with, and ultimately, what type of corset they would like to don. There are actually a number of different types of corsets that you can choose from. We’re starting with some of the most common corset styles to help guide you in choosing the perfect corset for you.
As the name suggests, an underbust corset, sits right under a woman’s bust area. The primary purpose of the underbust is to cinch the waist, as it doesn’t provide much support for the bust. This type of corset is most ideal for women who have a slightly wider torso that they would like to have appear smaller, as well as a small to medium bust size that doesn’t require as much support. The underbust style can be worn both under your clothing or over your clothing, as a fashion accessory similar to a wide belt.
The overbust is most likely the style that you imagine when you think of a traditional corset. As opposed to the underbust, the overbust style covers the bust area and ends just above the hips. This style accentuates both the waist and the bustline. It lifts and provides support to the bust area while also cinching the waist, creating the classic hourglass figure.
This style can also be worn underneath your clothing or as your main top. Whether in a lace design, silk, leather or any other material, the overbust can be mixed and matched either with trousers, a mini skirt, a ball skirt or even jeans.
A steel boned corset provides maximum support to the wearer’s waist area. This type of corset is reinforced with steel boning or flexible steel rods within the corset’s sturdy fabric. Not only does it reduce the width of the waist, but it can also flatten the abdominal area. A steel boned corset can either be an underbust or overbust style. Its main feature is the strategically placed boning that provides great strength to minimize one’s waist, and accentuate the curves of the bust and hip area. This is also the ideal type of corset for waist training.
An underwire corset is like a regular corset but it has the additional benefit of underwire support beneath the breasts. This ensures that the wearer’s bust area has extra support and is further enhanced. An underwire corset can also be either an underbust, with just the U-shaped underwires sitting right below the breasts, or an overbust, covering the wearer’s breasts. Like most modern corsets, this style can also be worn however one prefers – under one’s clothing or as an accessory over a dress or a top.
When it comes to a bustier, its main purpose is to accentuate the wearer’s bust area. A bustier is want you want to wear when you’d like to lift your breasts and accentuate your cleavage. It usually comes shorter than a traditional corset as it’s meant to tighten around the upper midriff to push the breasts up. If you don’t need much support in the torso area, a bustier is for you.
The basic corset styles and features can overlap, with one corset having multiple elements to provide you with the specific type of support you require. Regardless of which corset style you choose, the most important thing is that the corset you wear enhances your natural physique and makes you feel like the sexy, empowered woman that you are.
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