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Plus Size Corset - How To Take The Guesswork Out Of Getting It Right

Plus Size Corset - When it comes to beautiful lingerie for curvy shapes, we’re living for the classics - the ones that deliver the perfect combination of glamour and a wonderful hint of sex appeal.

A plus size corset enhances curves in all the right places.

They’re flirtatious, they're provocative, and they're romantic with a look at me vibe.

From popular Overbust to Underbust styles - the modern-day corset celebrates the beauty of curves and a feminine silhouette.

The best part? It's not just for special occasions. If you're tired of traditional, everyday shapewear, corsets are a wonderful way to add style and inspiration to the mix.

Why, you may ask, are we still drawn to these old fashioned lingerie undergarments that were all the rage in the 1800's?

The answer may surprise you. Corsets have never really gone out of style, they've simply evolved with the times -

What We Love About Corsets

  • Many love the slimming effect a corset offers, and enjoy showing off an hour glass silhouette
  • Others swear by the additional back support that corsets offer those with back pain

Regardless of the reasons, buying a corset is a wee bit more involved than say buying a pair of your favorite panties straight off the rack.

In this guide, we'll share some valuable tips on how to find a plus size corset that you'll look forward to wearing and sharing.

Plus Size Corset - The Styles

When shopping for corsets, you'll quickly see there are a multitude of different features and options that may seem complicated at first glance.

One of the first things to decide is what kind of corset you want.

There are two main types of corsets - “Overbust” and “Underbust”.

The main differences between them?

The more traditional “Overbust” styles extend over the breasts, and the "Underbust” styles do not.

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If you are searching for formal lingerie, that's more rigid, you'll likely benefit from the classic “Overbust” plus size corset.

If, you're interested in less restrictive lingerie that is more comfortable and gives you freedom of movement, you'll probably prefer the “Underbust” style.

If, you're wanting a curvy, hourglass waistline, and or if you would like extra back support, both styles of plus size corset shapewear will do just fine.

Choosing Corset Length

Once you've chosen the style that you want, the next step is choosing the length. Yes, there are different corset lengths.

It is easy to assume there is only one basic cookie-cutter length and style, and many make the mistake of choosing a length based on height.

  • Instead of going this route, where chances are great the corset won't fit properly, opt for the length based on the size of your torso.
  • The main length that you should pay attention to when it comes to the size is referred to as the “Front Length”.
  • Not sure what this means? While in the sitting position, measure your torso vertically.  This will help to determine the length that is best suited for your body type - whether you opt for a strapless corset or one with classic straps.

Getting The Best Fit

The next step is to make sure that you have accurate bra measurements. This only applies to "Overbust" styles and will help you find the best size and fit.

If, you're not familiar with determining bra size, here are a few quick steps - 

  • First, take a measurement of the fullest area of your bust. Keep the the tape taut.
  • Next, measure all the way around your ribcage underneath your bust. Start in the front with the measuring tape, then go all the way around.
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Once you have those measurements, you can determine your cup size with our bra size calculator.

  • Then, measure the narrowest region of your waist – which is located just below the ribcage.
  • Once you have this measurement, then measure all the way around the top of your hips.

Silk, Satin Or Lace?

When it comes to fabrics, colors and corset styles the choices are endless.

Glamorous satin and silk fabrics with lace trims are wonderfully glamorous and always a favorite.

  • Satin tends to be a bit more durable and less expensive than silk since it's a man-made fabric.
  • Silk is of course the most luxurious and oh-so-delicate. It can be quite expensive, as it is a natural fabric.
  • Silk does not hold the heat as much as satin does, so if you'll be wearing a corset all day and are always warm, keep this in mind.
A plus size corset that you love can be enjoyed for many years to come!

No matter which plus size corset you opt for, here is the best tip of all - choose a style, fabric and color that suits your personality, your character, and most importantly, one that lets your joie de vivre shine through!