FantasiaWear, Online Retailer, Seattle, WA
FantasiaWear Facebook page FantasiaWear Twitter page Follow our Tweets Buy your FantasiaWear Gift Certificate

6 Step Guide to Buying Your Corset

information on corsets sexy lace corset sets

Six Step Guide to Buying A Corset

Well, its time to buy your first corset...or, maybe its time to buy a corset that, this time, actually fits!

Here are six (6) things you need to consider before you make your fun, new lingerie purchase...

  • Sizing 
  • Fabric
  • Color
  • Boning
  • Ease of getting into and out of you new corset
  • What "look" are you trying to achieve


You're going to want to consider 3 measurements on you body..

  • Under the Bust
  • Your Waist
  • Your Hips


Cup size does not normally come into play because most corsets begin under the bust and terminate at the hips.  Occasionally, some corsets come with demi-cups, but usually if torso foundation lingerie performs a bra function, it is termed a Bustier.


Get a tape measure and take your measurements...underbust, waist and hips.  It is handy if you calculate the three numbers in both inches and centimeters, depending on where you shop, locally or online.

Now go to the sizing chart of the corset vendor to check if you are a small, medium, large, X-large, 1X, 2X and so on.  Some corset sizes are given in the under-the-bust measurement or bra size...such as 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, etc.  Either way, you have your numbers and you have your size.  You are now ready for the next step...Fabric.



Lots of choices here...brocade, lace, charmeuse, polyester, leather, vinyl, sheer mesh and Lycra-Spandex are some of the more popular corset fabrics.  You will need to consider how you are going to use your new corset and what "look" you want to achieve. 

If you are looking for a really industrial strength corset to give you a painfully tiny wasp waist (think leather or vinyl), than you don't want to consider the delicate lace, mesh or the stretchy Lycra-Spandex.  If you want a corset more for form than function, to wear as a top when you go clubbing, you want to look for a fabric (brocade or charmeuse) that breathes and stretches a little while you are out on the dance floor (leather would probably not be your first choice in this situation, you will look hot but you will also be in sweaty).

Bottom line...what do you want the corset to do and what is your comfort level?  Pick a fabric that will support your needs.



Again, lots of choices in corset colors.  In the always-stylish brocade, you will usually find white and black, of course, but also green, red and blue.  The other fabrics will also afford you some similar choices. 

Leather, for the most part, is going to be black, with some rare exceptions in red or white.   Vinyl, again, for the most part, will be black, with a very few styles also available in red vinyl or pink vinyl.



Boning...yes or no? 

Used to give a garment (usually a Bustier or Corset) support and body contouring.   Once actually constructed of bone, today's Boning is usually plastic strips slipped into sheaths sewn into the garment

Boning allows you to gain more control in how the corset molds and shapes you.  Many of the fetish corsets have serious get great control of the 'look", but kiss comfort good-bye.  Most of today's corsets have plastic boning, making for a wonderful marrige of control and comfort.



Ease of putting it on, ease of taking it off (sometimes even more important!)...a few options are available to you. 

  • The serious, fetish corsets will usually just give you one option...lace it up (and shut-up and like it).
  • The lace-up corsets for the rest of us, will usually give you a zipper or hook-n-eye alternative after you have adjusted and tied your lacing...that way you don't have to deal with lacing it up every time you wear it, its already done from the last time your wore it. 
  • Some corsets only have a zipper or hook-n-eye closure, but they usually have an elastic back panel to allow for stretch and comfort of fit. 


The "LOOK" You Want

Are you going to be the 'Leather Bitch from Hell'?  Do you just want to look hot on the dance floor?  Do you want a new look for your next photo shoot?  Or do you want to drive your sweetie wild?  You are the boss of you, you decide what "look" you are wanting to achieve.  The information in this Guide to Buying Corsets should get you to the "look" you want. 



What is the situation and environment you will most often be displaying your beautiful corseted torso.   Who is your audience?  What are your personal preferences...Color?...Style?...Fabric?   What are your comfort needs...what's more important, form or function?

You are now supplied with an arsenal of handy corset consumer information.  It's now up to you...go forth and SHOP!

-Natalie Larson-
© FantasiaWear, Inc. 
Seattle, WA   253-927-7766

Please see more FantasiaWear Blog Entries 

Sign up and stay informed on Sales, Special Offers, and get Special Discounts