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
First 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.
To 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.
The 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!
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.