Your Guide to Buying a Lace Up Back Corset

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Your Guide to Buying a Lace Up Back Corset

A corset is a tight fitting undergarment that encloses the waist and part of the torso, and is tightened by laces. The corset offers the body support and reduces the waist, so that you look slimmer. Typically, corsets have hooks at the front and lace up at the back. The lace up back corset can be adjusted according to the body’s shape and size. Wearing a corset enhances your figure almost instantly, so a lace up back corset is a useful garment to vary the appearance of the body. When buying a lace up back corset consider the key features of a corset, such as the waist, hip, and bust styles. It is also helpful to understand the materials used to make corsets and how to choose the right size. Understanding how to lace the corset is key to it being a comfortable garment. Corsets can be bought from high street lingerie shops or department stores. A wide selection is also available at online retailers, such as eBay.

Features of Corsets

When choosing a corset consider the overall design. Lace up back corsets are available in a range of waist and hip lengths, and bust styles.

Corset Waist Lengths

The length of the waist that gives an hourglass figure allows the lower ribs room to move so that the wearer can breathe freely. However, it is still important not to lace a corset with the hourglass waist too tightly as it can cause discomfort. The wasp waist is longer and offers a better shape. It narrows from the bust into the waist and widens again at the hips. It is more difficult to wear and requires waist training, that is gradual tightening of the corset over an extended period of time until the body adjusts to it. The most advanced waist style is the stem, which exerts a great deal of pressure on the ribs. The stem construction means that the area around the waist is held straight, giving an equal circumference over a certain length.

Corset Hip Lengths

The hip length describes where around the hips the corset ends. The short hip corset has its hem just above the hips and only a small part of it extends over the hip bone at the front. Historically, this style was worn for horseback riding because it offered greater mobility. The most popular hip length is the mid hip, in which the hem of the corset reaches the middle of the hip bone and offers control to the tummy. The long hip style corset extends over the hips and ends above the pubic bone. This kind of corset is perfect under tight fitting skirts or long dresses, as it keeps the midsection tucked in. However, this style is restrictive and reduces mobility.

Corset Bust Styles

The typical corset is designed in the overbust style and it covers the breasts. The upper edge of the corset can have many embellishments, such as ruffles. Overbust corsets are available as outer and underwear. Half bust corsets cover the lower half of the bust and support and enhance the breasts by lifting them. Underbust corsets fit below the bust. They can be paired easily with a comfortable bra when worn under other clothes. Finally, waist cinchers fit significantly lower than the bust, only covering the waist.

Corset Materials

Lace up back corsets are made of various materials. Traditionally, coutil, a very durable and crisp fabric with a herringbone pattern, was used for making corsets. Today, satin and its cheaper alternative, sateen, are widely used. Lace is the most common decoration material. More luxurious corsets are made of silk. Latex, leather, and PVC are found in fetish corsets.

Fastening a Lace Up Back Corset

The laces on the back of a corset are very important because they are responsible for adjusting the corset’s size and fit. The laces are typically continuous, extending to 4 metres for an underbust corset and 6 metres for an overbust corset. The laces are often made of cotton, but more luxurious materials, such as satin, can be used. Laces can be bought separately, so the wearer can redesign their corset by trying different lacing techniques. After buying a corset, tie the ends of the laces with a knot, so they would not slip out of the eyelets, also known as grommets.

The laces should be firm, so that they can hold the corset in place. The most common lacing method uses a knot or a bow in the middle of the corset. Start by tightening the laces gradually from the top of the corset to the waist, then tighten the laces from the hem up to the waist. Finally, tie a knot in the middle, at the waist. Take care not to tighten the corset too much the first time it is worn because it takes some time to wear it in. After wearing it for a while it can be tightened until the body reaches the desired shape.

Sizing a Lace Up Back Corset

A corset needs to fit properly. If it is too big, then it is unable to reduce the size of the waist, whereas if it is too small, it can restrict the breathing and be very uncomfortable. The rule of thumb is that the corset should be about 4 inches smaller than the natural waist measurement. If the corset is being worn for fashion only and not for shaping the body, then a larger size is appropriate. Remember that the tightness of the corset is adjusted by drawing in the laces.

Bust (inches)

Under Bust Size (inches)

Waist (inches)

Corset Waist (inches)

Hips (inches)

UK Size

US Size

EU Size

30

26

22

20

30

6

4

34

32

28

24

22

32

8

6

36

34

30

26

24

34

10

8

38

36

32

28

26

36

12

10

40

38

34

30

28

38

14

12

42

40

36

32

30

40

16

14

44

42

38

34

32

42

18

16

46

44

40

36

34

44

20

18

48

These sizes are just guidelines as manufacturer’s typically have their own sizing principles. When buying a corset bear in mind where it was produced to find the right size. Always take current measurements for the bust, waist, and hips, and compare them with the dimensions of the garment. Measure the bust at its fullest point and the underbust just under the breasts. Measure the waist at its narrowest point and the hips at their fullest part.

Buying a Lace Up Back Corset From eBay

If you know exactly which kind of lace up back corset that you want to buy, then your search on eBay is easy. Type the keywords into the search box on the main page. The main distinction between different corset styles is whether they are underbust or overbust, so you could start your search with "underbust lace up back corset" or "overbust lace up back corset". This generates a list of results that can be filtered by the corset’s condition, size, or colour. This allows for more specific results. You may also sort the results by price.

When looking for a corset, browse the photos in the item listing and familiarise yourself with the product. the item listing should contain details of the lace up back corset’s size, colour, and materials. The seller should also include details about the postage and packaging costs, payment methods, and whether he or she has a returns policy. You can ask the seller for any information that is not contained within the item listing by using the "Ask a question" link. Read the seller’s feedback and browse his or her ratings in order to get an idea of the service offered to previous customers. Look out for Top-rated sellers, who are known in the eBay community for providing smooth transactions.

Conclusion

A lace up back corset is a tightly fitting undergarment or a fashionable outer garment that reduces your waist and gives your figure a boost. This type of corset has hooks in the front and lacing in the back. The lacing is inserted into eyelets. When buying a corset, pay close attention to its measurements and ensure that it corresponds with the current body measurements. As a rough guide, the corset should be 4 inches smaller than the waist size. The corset should be adjusted gradually over time using the laces, allowing the body to become accustomed to the effects of the garment.

When buying a corset, decide which waist and hip length, and bust style are preferred. The waist of the corset can provide a silhouette that looks like an hourglass, wasp, or stem. The lower hem of the corset can sit on top of the hip, in the middle of it, or way below it. The main aspect of the bust style is whether it is an underbust or overbust. Corsets are available on eBay in a range of materials, including coutil, satin, silk, and leather.

 
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