Over the past few years, corsets have received a boost in popularity. They make any figure look flattering, accentuate natural curves, and even help give you a teeny tiny waist. But wearing a corset comes with responsibility.
You probably heard about women in the 19th-century suffering health issues. These revolved around their use of corsets. The corsets were drawn too tight, which caused women to faint.
But times have changed. Women today emulate this style, but with responsibility. Corsets are chosen and drawn according to your figure. You'll look incredible without suffocating and ruining your internal organs.
Are you ready to pick out a corset? Here are some tips when choosing the best corset for your body type.
There are some terms you may be unfamiliar with. Before you find the best corset for your body, understand these terms:
Underbust -- the most popular type of corset.
The corset sits right under your breasts, making them appear perkier. The length extends to your hip bone for comfort and curve accentuation. Special underbust corsets are made for women with longer torsos.
Waist clincher -- unlike a traditional corset, wait clinchers are made specifically for tummy flattening. Wait clinchers aren't as strong as a traditional corset, so they're not recommended for women with fuller or curvier figures.
Rather than sitting below your breasts, waist clinchers start at the bottom of your ribs. They extend to your hip bone.
Corset silhouette -- these are corset style outlines. More emphasis is put on the waist for optimum accentuation and comfort for each figure.
There are several silhouette types, but two will be mentioned in this article: hourglass and gentle.
The hourglass silhouette is one of the most famous.
This silhouette makes the hips rounder and the waist more defined. The hourglass silhouette helps reduce your waist size, but the reduction isn't as dramatic. This makes the hourglass silhouette one of the most popular choices.
The gentle silhouette, also called the u-shaped silhouette, results in mild reduction. The waist definition is shallow, so this silhouette is recommended for women with smaller figures or those who don't want any waist reduction.
Identify Your Body Type
There are several types of female figures, and all look beautiful. But corsets work differently with each body type. Since a corset clenches your waist, you want a corset that ties at your waist and sits comfortably on your stomach.
To be sure you're choosing the best corset, judge it by how it will fit on your body type. Here are some of the most common female body types and which corset is best for each figure:
Round or Apple Figure
Round figures, also called apple figures, have a less defined waist, skinnier legs, and slim shoulders. Your shape is soft and feminine with natural curves.
The best corset for this figure is an underbust corset. The length is perfect -- it starts right under your bust and ends at your hips. This gives you the appearance of wider hips and a small but longer midsection.
If you carry more weight around your middle section, go for an hourglass silhouette corset.
But if you're slim, opt for a gentle silhouette and don't tie too tight. Since your waist is less defined, you may feel the need to tie tighter. Don't do this -- tie to your comfort.
Women with a rectangle figure are straight up-and-down. Your shoulders, waist, and hips are all even. These figures are naturally longer, creating a rectangular shape.
An underbust corset works great for these figures. Underbust corsets will create a gentle curve. But waist clinchers also work beautifully with rectangular figures.
Waist clinchers help you gain a slim figure while giving you subtle curves.
If you have more muscle tone, an hourglass silhouette will accentuate your figure. But if you're a tiny little lady, definitely opt for the gentle silhouette. Don't tie your waist clencher too tight.
These figures are the curviest of them all. Hourglass ladies naturally have a defined waist with even shoulders and hips. These women carry weight in their hips and bust. These natural curves work amazingly with a corset.
To properly accentuate those curves, go for an underbust.
The underbust corset will help you display your beautiful curves. If you have a longer torso, find a longer underbust corset. Make sure your corset is in the hourglass silhouette so you can tie your corset tighter.
Triangle or Pear Figure
The triangle figure, commonly called the pear figure, is characterized by a wider lower section and a smaller upper section. Your shoulders and bust are much smaller compared to your hips. Your curves also come from your hips and thighs.
You need a long underbust corset. This corset will rest on your hips, accentuating your small middle section but curvier lower section.
However, be careful about the corset you choose. If your ribcage is narrow, wear a gentle silhouette. Anything larger will strain your ribs. If your ribcage isn't tiny, an hourglass silhouette will create a more dramatic look.
Inverted Triangle Figure
This figure is opposite of the traditional triangle figure. These figures have wider shoulders and narrow hips. The bust is larger, and this is where they carry their weight.
These figures call for a specific corset: either a waist clincher in an hourglass figure or an underbust corset in a gentle silhouette.
Since your hips are small, you don't need a corset that draws your waist in dramatically.
An underbust corset in a gentle silhouette will do the job. But if you find a waist clincher you like, you can choose the more intense hourglass silhouette.
Time to Find the Best Corset for Your Body
Women with all body types can wear corsets.
Wearing a corset helps accentuate your curves and reduces the size of your waist. But no two bodies are the same, so which one should you choose? Hopefully, this guide helped you with your corset decision.
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