Vintage Shapewear

Corsets for the Petite Ladies

After a fun and relaxing vacation visiting my best friend in Minneapolis last week, it’s back to reality! Thankfully we have some fabulous guest writers who are eager to share their helpful tips with the Pin Up Persuasion readers when I need a little break from blogging.

From the moment I started dabbling in the world of waist training, I always yearned for the day we short waist gals would finally have a corset specially designed to fit our bodies without the hefty price tag of a custom piece. The very first corset I ever tried was Orchard Corset’s top selling style the CS-426 underbust; which you can imagine was way too long in the torso for those of us with a petite frame. It was complete heartbreak as this style is perfect for those with extreme curves to create an hourglass shape. Luckily for us, there were other styles like the waspie and CS-411 that worked wonderfully but they did not have the same contouring powers that would accentuate quite like the CS-426. Orchard Corset must have heard our despair as they recently released the CS-426 Short in a full line up of fabrics and colours!

Available in size 18-46 in cotton & satin ~ MSRP $75-89USD

426short 426shortbFor those of you who don’t know, I am not a regular waist trainer and only wear corsets occasionally. If you are looking to start daily corset training, I highly recommend Lucy’s Corsetry as a great resource of information. When it comes to finding the right size in corsets, it’s best to contact the experts at Orchard Corset as there are several different factors that come into place. With my waist fluctuating between 26-27″ lately, I can comfortably wear a size 22 corset. I was utterly excited when mine finally arrived as it had been over 2 years since I tried the original. Considering I am not a regular corset wearer, it does take a little longer to properly season them but this is not a step that you can skip otherwise you’ll compromise the longevity of your corset and/or damage it. The CS-426 Short are specially designed for those with a short to average torso; the front measures only 10.5″ in length which is a full 3 inches shorter than the original. The new shorter design fit my torso impeccably and it had all of the same contouring powers of the original. The spoon busk design (slight curve right at the base of the busk) helps conceal the excess tummy bulge when tight lacing. A helpful tip to prevent back and bottom spillage is to leave a two finger space at the top and bottom when tightening.

426shortf 426shortcThe CS-426 Short truly accentuates the curves in the figure flawlessly. With the flared bottom, it accommodates the hips without too much compression. For those that need even more room in the hips, the CS-426 is also available with hip ties and was designed by Lucy from Lucy’s Corsetry. These ties are fully adjustable to allow for less or more room and doesn’t affect the fit of the corset elsewhere. It took me a couple tries to secure them properly simply because there is so much tension when the corset is already tight laced on the body. Due to my narrow rib cage, it is a challenge to lace my corsets evenly as the top can almost close completely meanwhile my waist and hips can’t take that much compression since I don’t waist train regularly. With more seasoning and regular wear, I could surely lace down further in the waist.

426shortd 426shorteOrchard Corset genuinely listens to their customers and delivers! Finally an affordable off the rack corset for us short waist gals that won’t break the bank! The CS-426 Short will be just as popular as the original; a staple for all those who want to accentuate their curves to create that dreamy hourglass silhouette.

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The Battle is On ~ Rago 6210 vs 6201

One of the closest topics to my heart surprisingly is shapewear…who would of thought? I have so much appreciation and admiration for what an undergarment can do to truly create as an essential foundation to vintage styling. Without a doubt my all time favorite brand is Rago Shapewear! In my humble opinion, they cannot be beat. With several styles of their collection now under my belt, I really wanted to test out their 6210 Extra Firm High Waist Panty Shaper from Orchard Corset. This is the big sister to the Rago 6201, currently one of my favorite styles to date and it was time to see how the two fared in comparison.

Available in sizes 28-48 in Black/White ~ MSRP $65USD

6210dAs a seasoned veteran with Rago sizing, I know it’s essential to follow their recommendation to not to size down when your waist to hip ratio exceeds 10″. Currently my waist is 26-27″ and my hips are 38″. Considering the 6210 Panty Shaper starts at a size 28, this was the size that would be best suited for me since there is oodles of stretch in the fabric. When I first tried the shaper on, I immediately felt the difference in firming action…there was no doubt about this being classified as “extra firm”. Once I got past that, I quickly came to realize the rise was much longer than the 6201 and no amount of pulling it up to my underbust was going to make the crotch area sit ideally where it should be. For a short torso gal like me, the 6210 Panty Shaper was sadly a bit too long. That being said, I can still wear this comfortably and make it work quite well as you can see in the photos. The 6210 Panty Shaper has several magical features; a side zipper to help safely shimmy into it without breaking a nail, a rigid nylon satin front/sides to hold and firm both your stomach & thighs, a satin elastic back panel for a perfectly smooth tush, and four removable concealed garter tabs to pair with your favorite stockings.

6210bWhen it comes to smoothing out all of your lumps and bump…the Rago 6210 Panty Shaper truly does wonders. If you are looking for a shaper that will give you some serious compression without sacrificing comfort and esthetics, this is it. Since there is much for firming action from the Powernet Spandex stretch knit, I did find the legs to cause a very slight indentation to my lower thighs at the band but nothing visible from under my dress. Even with the slight fit challenge of the longer torso, I would say without a doubt that this shaper works wonders for me and I am very pleased with the flawless hourglass silhouette it creates under my wiggle dresses.

6210Here’s a quick side by side point comparison of the 6210 and 6201 to help you choose which would suit you best…

Rago6210vs6201It’s a struggle to say one is better than the other simply because they are designed for two very different needs in mind. The Rago 6210 is for uncompromising shaping with it’s extreme firming power to mold and contour the body. Meanwhile the Rago 6201 reshapes your waist, hips and thighs but with a more subtleness using the contour bands to evenly redistribute the body. In my sincere opinion, I would choose the 6210 for datenights or photoshoots where I am seeking more compression and greater definition. Meanwhile I would definitely favor the 6201 for everyday all day wear at work as it is less restrictive for ease in movement.

6210cAfter having tried almost every key category in the Rago line up, I am most pleased with their high waist panty shapers since I wear my undergarments for more than just special occasions. The fact of not having to worry about thigh chaffing in comparison to an open bottom girdle from all day wear even in the hotter months makes them ideal for comfort and versatility.

 

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We All Have a Story to Tell

Often times we tend to stick to the things we know best or are most comfortable with…as creatures of habit. But on the other hand, it can be very rewarding to take risks and venture outside of our comfort zone by trying new things. Since I first began dabbling in the world of corsets, I always chose the staple underbust styles and shied away from the overbust simply because I feared they wouldn’t work with my body type (large bust, short torso, & wide hips). When the team at Corset Story approached me to try one of their designs, I threw all reservations aside and decided it was time to give the Juliet Black Striped Waist Training Corset a shot!

Available in sizes 20-38 ~ MSRP $121USD

IMG_4504First things first, Corset Story offers three distinctive categories of corsets: Fashion Corsets, Steel Boned and Waist Training. The Fashion Corsets will not cinch you in since they don’t have metal boning; they are simply for looks and best suited for costumes. The Steel Boned can cinch in the waist by four to five inches and have 12 flat steel bones in the structure. Lastly, the Waist Training Corsets give the highest level of body reshaping, with a waist reduction of six or seven inches and 24 spiral steel bones. Since I am now more accustomed with corset wearing, I chose the Juliet from their Waist Training line for maximum reshaping with the helpful search option that narrowed down the styles suitable for a “petite torso”. Although these are intended to cinch your waist in 6-8”, I stayed with my usual size 22 due to my ample bust (36”) and hips (38”). As soon as the Juliet arrived, I began the seasoning process wearing it over my comfy clothes for about an hour at a time. The overbust was quite different as I had to keep a flawless posture while sitting and felt a more intense hold than ever before. The Juliet features a modest sweetheart neckline, 20 Spiral Steel Bones with 4 Flat Steel Bones, 5” modesty panel, heavy duty laces, 6 garter hooks (garter tabs sold separately), and measures 15” in length.

IMG_4491To my surprise, I was almost able to cinch the Juliet corset closed with only 1-2” remaining. That being said, this caused my bust to be extremely compressed and believe that the sweetheart neckline would be much improved if it were a more dramatic (heart shape) curve to allow for an ample bosom. Since this particular style is suited for a petite (short torso), there was no excess compression on the hips and was perfect in length. I found the heavy duty laces to be very handy and easy to tighten, preventing it from slipping as you do so. Overall, the steel boning really reshapes your body beautifully and creates a very defined hourglass silhouette for those seeking an extreme change.

IMG_4496 IMG_4500The soft monochrome black pinstripe lends itself well as a great wardrobe staple to be worn under your clothing. It would also double as a fabulous corset to wear for a sexy boudoir photoshoot paired with the garter clips (available in sets of 4 or 6 for $12-15 in various colours) and retro seamed stockings. There’s no need to worry about finding a bra to coordinate, the overbust corset has you covered!

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I am definitely happy that I finally gave the overbust corset a chance as the Juliet (Waist Training) from Corset Story worked quite well overall for my body type. Corset designers are seeing the need to accommodate all shapes and sizes, as not everyone can afford to invest in a custom made piece. Hopefully we’ll see some deeper sweetheart necklines for us busty ladies in their corset training line up in the future.

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Cherry On Top

Sometimes I cannot help but revisit past product reviews as they are worth sharing all over again. This past Fall, we got a comprehensive look into the CS-411 underbust corset from Orchard Corset. A wonderful style for those with a shorter torso like myself and suitable for average torso lengths as well. The exciting part with these staple styles, Orchard Corset occasionally surprises us with fabulous limited edition prints and colours. The key is, snap them up quickly as once they are gone…they won’t be coming back!

Since I have already written a complete review of the CS-411 recently, make sure to check it out here before reading on –>http://pinuppersuasion.com/2014/11/12/a-hint-of-lavender/.

Cherry1This past Christmas, Orchard Corset released the CS-411 in a very limited edition Cherry print and I simply had to have it! Normally I shy away from ornate prints like these as my corsets tend to be either black or neutral shades for more wardrobe versatility. But in this case, I found the cherry print to actually be an accent piece that was well suited to be worn over your clothes as a lovely compliment to any ensemble.

cherry2The darling cherries are embroidered on a black sateen fabric and have a subtle pop of contrast that doesn’t scream too loudly to deter from the classic appeal. Red and green being two of my favorite colours to wear, it was quite easy to pair it with various items in my wardrobe. Less is more; using solids to showcase the delicious fruitiness is the way to go! With an obsession for vintage cherry style necklaces, I had more than a few to choose from to complete the outfit wonderfully.

cherry3Corsets have become mainstream in recent years and the selection among quality brands like Orchard Corset is flourishing. Whether you are a serious waist trainer or occasional corset wearer…there are a multitude of fabric, colours and prints to suit everyone’s taste. I am over the moon excited that the team over at OC heard the cries of us short torso customers and has recently released the CS-426 short! Stay tuned for a review in the near future…I shall be getting one of them very soon :)

 

 

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