Choosing the right corset size is the single most important element to get right if you want that perfect pinup girl hourglass figure.
Corset sizing is based on waist measurement and desired reduction. So it has nothing to do with your dress size. The general rule for getting the right size is to deduct 2 to 6 inches from you natural waist line. Where to measure is just below your ribcage at the narrowest part, make sure the tape measure is straight and not too tight.
Deduct 2" : you are new to corsets or want the look without the pain.
Deduct 4" : this is the standard corset size choice and will be right for most people
Deduct 6" : you are experienced, or in the stages of waist training. As waist training goes through many stages your corset size reduction will increase over time to your desired result. But 6" is the maximum for most people.
plus size- For pinups with a waist measurement of over 34 inches you should probably best choose a corset size of 6 inches smaller than your natural waist size.
Remember you do not have to tighten the laces all the way all the time, so having a bit of wiggle room in the size is a good idea. Especially if you opt for a modesty panel, as this enables you to lace looser without showing a gap.
Corset sizing varies from style to style, and designer to designer. Ordering a reduced waist size in a specific style and size does not mean all styles in this size will accommodate you the same way. Therefore, we recommend submitting measurements when ordering to ensure the fit (See measuring guide). We are happy to provide sizing information on specific styles upon request. If you are unsure as to which styles will best accommodate you, feel free to contact us.
Corsets should be ordered 4-6 inches below the natural waist measurement for proper function and fit. Keep in mind, a solid frame has less give than a softer frame, and a 6 inch reduction would not be recommended in this case (large lacing gaps may result). Corsets should not be ordered with a 2 inch reduction, unless the wearer is waist training or tight-lacing and requires the next smallest size.
The fullest part of your bust (not bra size - measured over bra)
Bust measurement (not bra size)
The narrowest part of your waist (directly under your rib cage)
Around the top of your hip bones
Around lower full hip
How To Measure:
Wear your standard undergarments.
Use a fabric tape measure - keep parallel to floor when measuring.
Ask someone to assist you so your arms are relaxed and tape is parallel.
Standard Sizing note: In order for a standard size corset to properly accommodate you, your bust, and hip measurements must be 3-4 inches larger than the corset measures closed.
Cup styles for corsets accommodate a A-C cup. D cups or larger will find the bust section smaller and may not provide support required for adequate fit.
All corsets are sized by waist size, in 2" increments. Corsets should be ordered 2-6 inches below your natural waist measurement, depending on the desired effect. If you are tiny, then your waist will not compress as easily, nor as far, as a person who is larger. (The larger we are, the more we squish!) A good rule of thumb would be to order a corset 4 inches smaller than your current waist size (see below) if you measure at 32" or less. If your waist size is 34" or higher, then you should order your corset at least 6" smaller. Keep in mind that the lacings will not show skin through the back if the corset is ordered too large. If you are waist-training, or tight-lacing, a new corset should be ordered when you are able to lace your corset completely closed.
Waist Size is typically determined by measuring snugly at the narrowest point (between your ribcage and hipbone, usually about one inch above the navel).
If in doubt, please do not hesitate to e-mail us for questions on measuring and sizing. We are here to help you! The form below will cover most of the basic information so that we can help you make the best choice for your new corset.
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5 August 2011
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