Top 8 Corsets and Bustiers for Weddings

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On a day as significant as a wedding, brides desire to look their very best, and often look for the right shapewear to smooth out the wedding gown's silhouette. In addition, the right corset or bustier can provide comfortable but sturdy support to the bust, and open up a bride's options regarding the neckline of her dress. Finding the right corset or bustier can be a challenge depending on what style of support the bride needs. With some research and guidance regarding the differences in the top styles of corsets, and the benefits of each, brides can determine which corset or bustier can best meet their needs.
1 Double Boned Corset
Double Boned Corset

Double boned corsets have twice the amount of boning, typically utilising steel. The steel framework and increased boning provides more structure and support to the consumer than many of its counterparts, and reduces waist size by several inches. However, some consumers may find the extra boning uncomfortable. For increased comfort, brides should look for spiral steel boning, as it is more comfortable when wearing it for longer periods.


2 Short Cincher Corset

A genuine short cincher corset varies greatly from its fuller counterparts. The short cincher does not come as high towards the underbust or as low towards the hips. While quality short cincher corsets should contain steel boning, they tend to have more spiral steel boning for increased curvature. For brides looking to emphasise a dramatic waist or silhouette, as in an empire dress or princess gown, the short cincher provides curvature in a more manageable fashion.


3 Underbust Victorian Corset
Underbust Victorian Corset

The underbust Victorian corset is traditionally a longer corset option. The highest part sits right under the curvature of the bust while the lowest part sits higher on the hips but dips down in the middle to a subtle point. Underbusts also tend to have a longer busk and the front centrepiece utilises hook and eye fastenings, to prevent consumers from having to unlace the corset completely to take it off.


4 Half-Cup Corset
Half-Cup Corset

Similar to the underbust Victorian corset, the half-cup corset is a longer corset with the top edge coming up to the mid-cup level. In a straight line across the chest, the half-cup corset produces the classic corset look as often seen in mid-Victorian and Civil War era pieces. This is an ideal option for brides looking to wear a dress with a lower neckline while still having support for the bust.


5 Full-Cup Corset
Full-Cup Corset

A full-cup corset is a step up in coverage from the half-cup corset. Offering the same coverage as a bra, the full-cup corset is a popular choice for weddings as it offers substantial support to the bust without utilising the shoulders. This offers brides a wide range of options for bridal gowns without needing to hide bra straps. This is an ideal option compared to strapless bras, which can often slide down during prolonged use, and it also flatters many different body shapes.


6 Hook and Eye Corset
Hook and Eye Corset
Hook and eye corsets, also referred to as corsets with a busk closure, come in many different shapes and styles, some with more hook and eye sets and some with less. The busk is the hardware in the front of the corset with hooks on one side and the corresponding eyes on the other side. The hook and eye setup in the front makes putting on a corset or taking it off easier and quicker.



7 Lace-Up Corset

Well-made corsets typically have a lace-up enclosure in the back. This allows the wearer to customise the fit, wearing it as tight or as loose as desired. Corsets without this lace-up feature tend to not have any more support than standard shapewear due to the lack of this customisation. The lace-up corset is an ideal purchase for brides desiring custom support under their bridal gowns.


8 Zip-Up Corset
Zip-Up Corset
Zip-up corsets lack the customisation feature available on lace-up corsets, thus making this style uncommon for support purposes. Instead, consumers tend to purchase zip-up corsets for fashion purposes, wearing them as an accessory or a top. 




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