Your Guide to Buying Hook-and-Eye Corsets

Today we are going to talk about this very special apparel that women would go crazy about it, the boning corset.

Corsets have been worn since the 16th century, and became extremely popular in the 19th century. While they were originally created as an undergarment to shape and slim a woman’s body, they are now worn as outer garments as well. The modern-day corsets have flourished as a popular fashion trend worn by celebrities, models, and women everywhere. Corsets come in a variety of styles, shapes, fabrics, and sizes to suit any woman’s needs and preferences.

All About Corsets

Historically, a corset  is a close-fitting article of clothing that has been stiffened by bones of steel to shape a woman’s torso to an ideal silhouette. Modern corsets are not only worn as underwear, but they are worn as outerwear as well. They are usually made of three or four layers of fabric, but there are exceptions. The corset is usually tightened and held together with laces and hook-and-eye closures. If the corset only uses laces, they must be strong. It may be beneficial to look for a corset with sturdy hook-and-eye closures to keep the corset fitted around the body.

Throughout history, many corsets sought to give women a cone shape, which pushes up the breasts and slims the waist. Current corsets shape the torso by redistributing the fat to create a curvaceous silhouette, resembling an hourglass shape. They also support the back to improve posture.

Off the Rack vs. Custom

When deciding on a corset, decide between an off-the-rack corset or a customized corset. Off-the-rack corsets are those that would be purchased at a store or retailer. They adhere to typical sizing and measurements that are found on most articles of clothing. They are generally less expensive than custom corsets. Women who are wearing the corset for fashion purposes and just like the style may opt to buy a corset off the rack. Off-the-rack corsets are not typically designed for waist slimming and re-shaping.

Custom corsets are built and shaped around a specific woman’s measurements. Women who want a corset that fits their body perfectly while creating the ideal shape should invest in a customized corset. The measurements are based on each woman’s bust, rib, waist, and hip measurements. Custom corsets are much more expensive than off-the-rack corsets.

Underbust vs. Overbust

Both underbust and overbust corsets offer waist-slimming and back-support features. The underbust corset begins at the rib cage and ends in the hip region. They usually stop at the top of the hips, but some can extend beyond the hips. Underbust corsets tend to be more versatile and practical in that they can be worn on a daily basis. They are ideal for women with a large midsection, as they enhance the look of the bust and the hips. Overbust corsets are those that begin above the breasts and end between the upper and lower hip. They can be worn as underwear, outerwear, and lingerie.

Things to Look for and Consider

There are many things to look for and consider before purchasing a corset. Women should determine if the corset it being worn for ornamental purposes, or if it being worn to give a their bodies a certain shape or silhouette. Other things to consider are the size, length, and fabric of the corset. These factors will help in deciding which corset is right for you.

Size

When purchasing a corset, women should buy one that is 2 to 4 inches smaller than their average bust, waist, and hip size. For example, a woman with a 36-inch bust, 28-inch waist, and 38-inch hips should purchase a corset that has measurements of 32- to 34-inch bust, 24- to 26-inch waist, and 34- to 36-inch hips. Most corsets have a 2-inch gap in the back to allow women to cinch themselves down to a smaller size. If the corset is cinched to the point where both sides touch, it has been cinched 4 inches, and a smaller size corset should be considered if the woman wants to go tighter. Women who plan on purchasing an off-the-rack corset should go to a local retailer and try on several corsets to determine which size fits best.

Fabric

The fabric and materials used to make a corset affect how the corset wears. Fashion corsets will be made of one layer of fabric, such as silk, satin, leather, etc. In order for a corset to cinch and slim the torso, a strong fabric needs to be used, usually with other layers of fabric as well. Women should choose a fabric that suits their style and offers comfort. Fabrics such as leather will give a little stretch and may be preferable for larger women. Silk and satin corsets are smooth and hold their shape well. Keep in mind that corsets made of high-quality materials may be expensive.

Length

The length of the corset should be determined based on the length of a woman’s torso. It is important to choose the right length of the corset because a corset that is too long or too short will completely alter the look of the torso. If the corset is too short, tissue or fat could bulge out of the bottom. If the corset is too long, it may be extremely uncomfortable to sit down while wearing it. Women should measure the length of their torso with a fabric tape measure while sitting up straight in a chair then choose an appropriately sized corset.

Boning

Corsets should have steel boning for strength and durability. A good way to test the boning in a corset is to bend it. The boning should bend to conform to the body, but it should also snap back into place. If the boning does not snap back, it may not be good quality. Boning that is not good quality may dig into the skin and be very uncomfortable. Corsets with steel boning are high quality, and will provide women with the desired shape and silhouette.

How to Put on a Hook-and-Eye Corset

Many corsets have a lace-up back and a hook-and-eye closure in the front. Other corsets will only have a hook-and-eye closure in the front or the back. Putting on a hook-and-eye corset is pretty simple. If the corset has laces in the back, loosen them and begin to fasten the hook-and-eye closure. This will make it easier to fasten the hooks and eyes. Begin at the either the top or the bottom and fasten the metal hook to the opposite round eye. After the hooks and eyes are fastened, tighten the laces to achieve the desired shape. If the corset only has a hook-and-eye closure, the woman will have to pull both sides together and fasten the hooks and eyes from the bottom or the top.

Conclusion

Hook-and-eye corsets have been worn for centuries, and they continue to be a popular accessory in the contemporary fashion world. The stylish corset is versatile in that it can be worn as sexy lingerie, it can be worn as a fun top for a night out, or it can be worn simply to give women a slim look and shape. To find the perfect corset, women should be sure to evaluate the size, fabric, boning, and length of the corset. This will ensure that the corset gives a flattering and attractive shape to the torso. Women should purchase a corset that is comfortable and in their price range. Hook-and-eye corsets can make any woman look and feel spectacular and all women should consider purchasing one.

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