Types of Corsets: Everything You Should Know
From 18th-century nobility to contemporary fashionistas, corsets have been a part of fashion for centuries now. Although the relationship between women and their corsets has been tumultuous at times, it has been regarded as a fashion staple for the better part of history.
You may have seen corsets in paintings of pre-revolution France or Victorian era Britain, but don’t put them in a box as shapewear meant to cinch the waist. There are many different types of corsets today varying in style, material, and purpose. In fact, corsets are making a major comeback as these boned garments are becoming a common sight on the runways.
So in this post, we will talk about the many different types of corsets out there. Corset types can be grouped into different categories. So without further ado, let’s dive right in.
Corset Types by Length
Corsets, both innerwear and outerwear, come in different lengths that may differ from the top, hem, or both. Here are the six main types of corset by length:
The Underbust corset is worn around the waist and sits under the bust, i.e., it doesn’t provide any bust coverage. This type of corset can be worn underneath a dress or gown as innerwear/shapewear to get that hourglass silhouette. It can also be worn over the clothes as a fashion accessory.
These corsets usually have lacing on the back or front to adjust the size and tightness.
Whether you’re wearing it under or over, you will need to wear a bra, as it doesn’t provide any support for breasts.
The Overbust corset covers the bust, starting just under the arms and ending above the hips.
This kind of corset provides support to the breasts in addition to cinching in the waist.
This type of corset is typically worn as outerwear or over another garment. It’s also popular in lingerie, often with garters and lace detailing.
Mid Bust or Cropped Corset
The mid-bust or cropped corset is similar to the overbust corset, except it starts at mid-bust, so it’s more revealing.
The boning starts at the bust so it provides support to the breast. Its purpose is to give a streamlined silhouette.
A Waspie is a corset with a length that is somewhere between an Underbust and cincher.
It starts from where the ribs end and finishes a little above the hips. Like all Corset Story Corsets, the Waspie has spiral and flat steel bones, for flexibility, comfort and strength.
A Longline is the longest length as it covers the bust and extends a little over the hips. It helps define and accentuate the curves of the body with flared out bust and hips paired with shorter waist.
We generally find that customers who are 5ft 7" (170cm) and over prefer our Longline patterns. This isn't always the case, some taller customers may have their height in their legs and vice versa.
We have added the length of every corset we produce into our "item specifics" on each product page. You can hold a measuring tape against your torso to see how long different corsets might be on your body before purchasing.
Corset Types by Era
Corset Types by occassion and design
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