|Glamour Boutiques tell-all about corsetry; how to know if it’s a quality corset, and what materials are appropriate?|
The basics to a great corset start with, hardware.
Steel boning is a must (spiral, flat, or a combination) for any serious corset. The front of any corset should always have busk hooks and never hook & eye tape. If you don’t know the difference, the hooks you want to look for is the busk hooks (picture with red background) and the ones to stay away from would be the hook & eye tape (on the right of the busk hooks). These busk hooks keep your corset strong, sturdy, and supply the right support you need to get that perfect figure. The hook & eye tape isn’t strong enough to support a full corset. These hooks are mainly used for bras. If you buy a corset with these hooks, there is no doubt that they would bend or fall off.
|The laces on the back should go through a two-part metal grommet or eyelets. You should always look out for a corset with a small collar where the grommets are located down the back. This puts a lot of tension on the grommet, causing the grommet to move and eventually pop out of your corset. A medium sized collar is important for keeping the fabric under the rim of the grommet and more tension off the grommet. This will help ensure that your corset stays intact. If these grommets fall out, your corset is ruined.|
|Fabric: Corsets can be made out of many different fabrics but, you should make sure when buying that the fabric feels sturdy and stable. Also, make sure that the laces are strong and thick so, you can tie your corset nice and tight. Another important factor to consider would be to make sure the inside materials, closest to your skin, are made of all natural fibers like a good thick cotton twill. You don’t want to buy a corset that itches or irritates your skin the whole time you’re wearing it.|
|Make sure there are ample photos of the corset before purchasing online.|
If an online company only uses one profile of their corset that forces me to consider that they don’t want me to see the back view. These photos can tell a lot about how the corset is made and fits. By leaving out views of the corset the company is not showing their customers their actual product. If the company does supply 360 shots, make sure to take a good look at the back shots of the corset. Make sure the lacing gap isn’t too big or that the laces are in fact flimsy ribbon, like the picture to the right. Usually, corsets are to be worn with a 2-inch gap when new. Anything more than that usually means the measurements are too small and that the corsetiere didn’t supply enough room for the hips and ribs. This creates a very narrow corset with no curves. No one wants that! Ribbons instead of thick laces will tear very easily.
One more thing to look for would be bubbling. If you see a back image of a corset and in between the grommets the fabric is bunching up, stay away. This means that they didn’t space the grommets out properly and the lace-cinching tension is not evenly spread out down the back of the corset.
You should also make sure to check if the corsets have an inner strengthening waist tape to define the waist. All real corsets have these. Never buy a corset from a company that only sells by measurements of small, medium and large. A true corset should be made and sold by the measurements of the waist e.g. 24, 26, 28 etc. Remember this, if anything.
If you want to check out our great corsets, feel free to visit our website corset section at Corsets or schedule to come in for a private fitting. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please call or email anytime. Our phone number is (888)721-8688 and our email is [email protected]. We love hearing from you.
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