A RECOMMENDED CORSET FOR BEGINNERS
Confused about what to order and how to measure for it?
While C&S Corsets serve the entire spectrum of corset devotees, one cannot find a better "first" corset than one from this fine company! The quality is right and, here at LISA, you cannot find a better price. But some of you just do not know where to start, for the prospect of spending this kind of money, and then finding out your "blew it" can be dismaying.
So, in order to help you, below is a measuring guide for a corset that will work well for someone who never has laced before (as well as for those coming back to tightlacing). This little guide will give you a nice, strong corset, from which you can gauge your next order; the only way to develop individual preferences is to WEAR a corset; so, you have to start somewhere.
Bearing in mind that some corset styles are more demanding than others, we recommend you start with an under-the-bust hourglass model, plain vanilla, without any of the frills (such as closer boning, spoonbusk, or underbusk). These are features that you might wish to experiment with later, and, while they might enhance your corsetting experience in the future, now they might merely make your life a bit more difficult at a time when you are first adjusting to this wonderful experience. As for fabric and color, well, these are personal decisions based on your taste. But we will say that pretty, feminine broche is easy to clean, and white or black is a good starting place.
Now then: First, print out a copy of our measuring chart and look it over. We are ready to begin. make sure you FIRMLY apply your measuring tape, with slight pressure against the skin.
The average novice will want a corset that is as comfortable as possible, within the confines of that definition so far as corsetry goes (The more your wear your corset, the more it conforms to your body, and the more comfortable it gets). So, you will want to be able to sit comfortably, without the bottom of the corset digging into your upper thigh.
SO, FIRST OFF, locate the little line that acts as border between your upper thigh and your torso. Sit down, stand up, sit down again--get some idea of where the bottom of the corset should end. Then apply that information to your waist-to-bottom SIDE measurement on the chart ("e").
OK. Now, most women like to have their tummy covered as much as possible. So, in order to accomplish this, the corset should plunge from the higher side to a lower front. This would be "d" on the chart. Measure, in the front, from your waist to a point as close to your crotch as you feel might be comfortable. Again, sit, stand, and evaluate this from different positions.
The back, waist-to-bottom decision ("f") is not nearly as critical; but, again, how low the corset comes can impinge upon you comfort in sitting (and, remember, think about how you will deal with going to the bathroom!).
NOW, THE TOP: The high edge of the corset should not abrade the skin around the breasts. So, with that in mind, it is recommended that the measurement from waist-to-top ("a") fall about 1/2 to one inch short of the point where the breast attach to the body. Those of you who wear underwire brassieres might want to consider that, in some cases, the corset will push against the wire and cause discomfort and abrasion. When wearing your new corset, it might be a good idea to experiment with a NON-underwire model (if you wear a brassiere with your stays at all).
Generally, the side-to-waist measurement ("b") should be no higher than one inch from the front waist-to-top measurement ("a") .
The "height" of the corset in back ("c") is fairly subjective, but a good rule-of-thumb is that it come not much higher than where the top of your brassiere-strap exists. Some like it a bit higher, but it is not particularly a good idea to go much lower, as effectiveness of the garment is compromised.
Also, it is important to remember that the corset waist size should be ordered not more than four inches less than the natural waist for a first time wearer of TIGHTLACING corsets.
Following the above instructions should yield for you a fine, strong corset, one which will stand you in good stead, and, in addition, make you first corsetting experience a pleasant one!
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