So, this is my second post about tightlacing (the first, providing some general advice can be found here). Now that you ladies know a little bit about the need to extend your morning routine, alter your diet and you've have had a tiny peek into daily wear, I think it's a good time to learn a little bit about choosing your first corset! The kind of corset you want is a personal preference. I prefer underbust corsets because I'd rather wear a bra, as I’m well-endowed and don't particularly want my boobs in my face any more than they are already are (seriously, haha). But overbust corsets are great too, again, totally a preference thing. Also, you'll notice all my corsets are cream, I buy light colored corsets so when I wear light colored clothing, they don't show through. Here are the corsets I own:
There is this little saying "Friends don't let friends buy Corset Story." The first corset I purchased was from Corsets Queen (aka Corset Story) and it's really cheap by corset standards both cost and quality wise, mine is literally falling apart. Helpful tip: tying your corset in the front puts unnecessary strain on it, if you do this, you'll be replacing them far more regularly. This corset is a total nightmare. When corset shopping, look out for something Lucy at Lucy's Corsetry (this woman is a tightlacing encyclopedia) calls the "floating corset." You're buying something that's altering your body, why is there no model? If you really want to start tightlacing and you don't have much money, W-A-I-T, I would highly advise against buying a cheap corset. Save your money until you can afford something better, you'll be a happier lady.
My second corset is from Meschantes Corsetry. This company tends to get hit or miss ratings as far as customer service is concerned in the corset forums, but I decided to give them a shot, as I feel their corsets are very unique. My corset took approximately one month to receive. Other than that, I really love the corset's qualities and I'm really happy with this corset; it's the one I wear most often. It’s made of a soft cotton twill and I opted not to have the front busk (the little enclosures that are usually on the front of a corset) to reduce lines under clothing, a few of you have commented on my instagram asking if it's seamless and this is what it looks like. It’s annoying to slip on and off over your head but well worth it once you get it on (funny story: the first time I went to take it off, I was convinced I was stuck and almost had a panic attack. Oops.)
My third corset is the Morticia Corset by What Katie Did (again, mine is cream but most of their stock photos are black). This isn't just a corset, it’s like a work of art. I almost cried taking it out of the box, the fabric is phenomenal, the quality is better than any corset I've ever seen and the fit is amazing, even if you order an off the rack, as opposed to custom, corset. If you have a healthy amount of money to spend, I would recommend a corset from What Katie Did. In addition, this corset is definitely the most drastic in terms of waist reduction and the most impressive in terms of quality that I've ever owned. I haven't really begun seasoning this corset yet, but I can already tell it's going to be my favorite.
I wanted to give an "honorable mention" to the brand Orchard Corset. I really wish this brand is where I'd started my tightlacing experience as opposed to suffering through the Corset Story corset. For those of you on a budget, this company is a great place to start. They have a huge variety of silhouettes and fabrics and I've heard amazing things about their quality, pricing and customer service. I took the leap after my first two corsets and went with What Katie Did, because I'd been tightlacing for over a year and knew I was committed to the expense. However, I'll still probably go back and buy one of these, just to experience the company and the fit of their corsets.
|Corset Story corset|
|What Katie Did Morticia Corset|
Do you have any other questions about tightlacing?