We feature a lot of lovely corsets and bustiers both lingerie and clothing styles. I know they can be confusing though so thought I would explain a bit here. Select corsets are shown on several of our stores, but for our full line of busiers and corsets, please browse Corsets Plus.
What is a Bustier?
Dictionary.com defines bustier as “a close-fitting and strapless top without sleeves that is worn by women either as lingerie or for evening dress,” though strapless isn’t always true. Close-fitting is definitely true – bustiers are generally very form fitting tops generally with a bit of stretch to the fabric that hook or button closed. They usually are sleeveless, but may have shoulder straps. They are often made of very fancy, decorative materials like satin, silk, and lace, and may have light boning (reinforcements to the vertical seams often of plastic or nylon in bustiers). to provide extra shaping, but they are not designed to hold you in or reduce your waist size. Because they usually have stretch, they are as easy to wear as a bra – just fasten them and go. (By the way, the only difference between clothing and lingerie bustiers are the fabrics – lingerie styles are generally sheer, lace or otherwise meant to be worn under clothing. Clothing bustiers can be worn alone as …well…clothing.
What is a Corset?
To reduce your waist, you need a cincher or corset. Corsets are very similar to bustiers in that they are form-fitting and generally sleeveless, but they are generally sturdier than bustiers and lace up the back, front or both with hook and eye closures to let you take them off easier. They can be underbust (cupless also called waist cinchers) or overbust (goes over the breasts with cups or flat style). Boning is almost always present in corsets – the best have steel boning (spring steel which allows for bend, but gives a great deal of support).
Some corsets are more decorative and may have plastic or nylon boning (usually referred to as “light” boning – so be sure to read the description or ask if not sure). They can also be either lingerie or clothing and are also often made of beautiful fabrics like satin, silk, and lace, but will usually have little to no stretch and are often reinforced with a sturdy lining (the best have 3-4 layers of fabric for extra stability). Decorative corsets may not have lining – another sign they should not be used for heavy wear or corset training.
Corsets can be used to reduce your waist by 3-4 inches and extended wear (often referred to as body modification or corset training) can reshape your body making your figure permanently more curvy.
Wearing bustiers and corsets can be very elegant…and sexy. Find one you really love and take the time to “break it in” for years of enjoyment, and yes…even comfort!