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As we offer plus size products from many manufacturers
all with different size charts.
We have placed size charts for each product on the
appropriate product ordering page. Please review
each product size chart & your natural measurements
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Which is Best
How to Measurement For Your Corset based on your natural measurements.
Underbust - Your underbust measurement should be taken right around where your bra band rests.
Natural Waist - Your natural waist measurement should be taken at the smallest part of your waist. Usually this point is just above the navel. Bodies come in all shapes so this may not be correct for you. If you're not sure of where your natural waist is, stand with a straight back and by tilting your torso sideways the place where your torso bends and creases that's it. That's your natural waist. Now loop the tape around your waist so it's snug fitting, but not pinching any skin. Make sure not to pull the measuring tape tightly – and always measure 2 or 3 times for accuracy.
Hips - Your hip measurement should be taken right around your hip bones at the iliac crest.
Corset Sizing Tips (recommended reading)
Most corsets are made equal to their size. The corset size chart shows the waist measurement of the corset fully closed is 46" - meaning with the corset fully laced and closed at the laces and the front busk (front opening) unhooked and the corset laid out flat on a table, the waist area (narrowest part of the corset) will measure close to 46 inches. The bust area and hip area of the corset measurements are measured in the same way with their fully closed measurements.
Remember corset sizing is adjustable with the laces.
You want the fully closed corset measurements on the corset size chart to be less than your natural waist, bust and hip measurements. If the fully closed measurement on the corset size chart is equal to or more than your natural measurements the corset will not fit properly.
The fully closed corset measurements on the corset size chart should be about 4 to 6 inches less than your natural waist measurement depending on the desired cinch (Always review the fully closed corset measurement on the each product size chart and compare to your natural waist, bust and hip measurements before ordering.) and If you are "waist training" about 6 to 8 inches depending on the desired cinch for a tight-lacing waist training corsets. (note: if your are not waist training but like a waist training corset the fully closed corset measurements should be about 4 to 6 inches less than your natural waist, bust and hip measurements depending on the desired cinch)
Always start with your waist measurement first when sizing for your corset. Take your waist measurement just above your navel and then subtract 3 to 6 inches depending on the desired cinch to determine your corset size.
The next measurement to look at is your under bust measurement. If your under bust is only 1” more than your natural waist you’ll need to go down an entire size. Example: Natural Waist is 47” (47 – 3 = size 44) If your under bust measurement is 45” or less then corset size should be size 42.
Now the hip measurement, most corsets will set just above your hips unless the corset is s long cut or long line design which sets farther down on the hip.
|Corsets And Your Body Shape
By Black Iris Corset Design
||Corset Is Designed To…
||Choose This Style If…
||Avoid This Style If…
||It will cinch in your waist and deliver an extra lift to your breasts. It’s designed to sit right at the hipbone (iliac crest) on most wearers, and has a contoured underbust line to accentuate and lift the bust area. The center front is a maximum of 12”, and from underbust to lap you should measure at least 9.5” to be able to sit comfortably. It has a hourglass or “modern slim” silhouette.
||if you are an “apple” or “ruler” shape, with a fairly balanced rib cage and hip. Men can wear this style as well, sometimes upside-down if it’s more comfortable. People with average-to-longer torso lengths should fit this cut.
||if you have a torso shorter than 9” in height. If you desire a dramatic “pear” shape and your high hip (iliac) is 8-10 inches (or more) larger than your natural waist, consider our long cut.
|Longer Underbust Corset
||to flatter those with longer torsos and / or those who are pear-shaped, as this style has adjustable side hip ties. While this corset will cinch in your waist it will also deliver an extra lift to the breasts. The center front is around 13” long, and you should measure at least 11” from underbust to lap in order to sit in this corset comfortably. This style is also the most flattering for full-figured wearers and those who have a pooch or "mother's apron."
||if you are plus-sized, especially with an underbust measurement smaller than your waist. Those with a long torso will find this the most flattering as it will cover all of your tummy. Those who have prominent hips (your iliac crest measures 8-10” more than your waist) will also find the expandable hip ties more comfortable.
||if you have a torso 10” or less in height, unless you don’t plan to sit down for long periods in this corset.
||has a mild, slim silhouette and is more for tummy flattening than extreme training. This corset is 8” long in the center front, which is 3-4 inches shorter than the standard length underbust, so the top line generally comes up to the lower ribs, and cuts slightly above the iliac crest. On someone with a short torso, it may reach up to the underbust line. Those who have a torso length of 6.5” or longer will be able to sit comfortably in this corset.
||if your torso is less than 9” in height, and your rib cage and hips are fairly balanced. Those with a longer torso can wear this corset as well, fashioned as a wide belt.
||if you have a prominent lower tummy pooch (aka “mother’s apron”), as this corset is very short and will not fully cover the lower abdomen.
Overbust corset tops have a 3-point fitting system - so even though our corsets are still standard sized, you will be able to control the fit. With more choices, you have a higher chance of having a more flattering and comfortable fit
Each corset comes in a standard closed waist measurements. Overbusts are offered in waist sizes, from 20” - 50”, in 2-inch increments. So you start by choosing the waist size that’s appropriate for you; many people are comfortable starting with a size 3-4 inches smaller than their natural waist measurement. For example, if your waist is naturally 42”, then perhaps choose a size 38” corset
in addition waist size, your bust size is the next measurement to consider. If your under bust is only 1” more than, or less than, your waist you’ll need to go down an entire size. Example: Waist is 42” (42 – 4 = size 38) If under bust is 43” or less then corset size should be size 36.
which you can expand or contract to fit your hips. This means that whether you have slim hips or prominent hips, you can adjust the corset to fit you. Even if you have
uneven/asymmetric hips, you will be able to adjust the back laces for individual comfort.
Pre-Made - Non-Custom Corsets and Your Body Shape
How your body measurements dictate how the corset will look like on the back side were the laces are.
A) If all of your body measurements are in the 46 size range on the size chart the back of your new corset should be close to this.
B) If your bust and waist measurements are in the 46 size range on the size chart and your hips are in the 50 size range on the size chart the back of your new corset should be close to this.
C) If your bust measurements are in the 50 size range on the size chart and your waist and hips are in the 46 size range on the size chart the back of your new corset should be close to this
D) If your bust and hip measurements are in the 50 size range on the size chart and your waist is in the 46 size range on the size chart the back of your new corset should be close to this.
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