It has been quite some time since I wrote about my first experience wearing a genuine corset and I can honestly say this time is nothing like the last. Until now, the mere idea of wearing a corset was daunting and shied away as a result. Since that time, I have lost some weight as a result of healthy eating and more importantly, feel much better about how my clothes fit. With a renewed sense of self confidence I decided it was the perfect occasion to give corsetry another shot. I had been eyeing the Orchard Corset underbust 426 and 411 but was unsure which one would work best for my shape, so why not try both?
Available in sizes 18-46 in a variety of colors – MSRP $69-$75USD
If you are unfamiliar with corsetry, the genuine rule of thumb when it comes to sizing is to order 4-5 inches less than your waist measurement. There is a great tool on Orchard Corset’s website to help you select the right size, click here for more information. With my recent weight loss, my waist now measures 28″ therefore it is recommended to order a size 24. When the corset is laced completely shut, it measures 24″ but this is only possible after extreme corset training and not recommended for beginners like you and I.
First things first, when you receive your corset it is necessary to slowly break it in and whatever you do, do NOT lace it tight for the first few wears. Otherwise you will damage the corset or more importantly, hurt yourself. Orchard Corset includes instructions on the proper steps to follow to ensure your corset it well seasoned and molds to your body for the best possible fit.
With the technicalities now out of the way, lets discuss how the 426 and 411 measured up!
First up, the 426 – After breaking mine in, lacing the corset was quite easy and I was able to cinch it considerably firmer each time. As you can see, I am able to lace the 426 close at the top and there is still some room causing gaping at the centre peak due to my narrow underbust. This would indicate I would need to size down to a 22 for this style to fit comfortably in the underbust section. Also, the 426 is ideal for those with an average to long torso. That being said, it is sadly too long for me and doesn’t sit very comfortably in place. A key point to mention, the 426 is great for women cinching in a considerable amount of skin as the length aids with even distribution to prevent bulging or the dreaded “muffin top”. The hip coverage is quite impressive for those with extreme curves and creates a sleek hourglass silhouette.
Now onto the 411 – Once again after properly seasoning my corset, lacing was a breeze and I was progressively able to cinch my waist down each time. In comparison to the 426, the top is not laced completely shut but it’s not too far away to be honest. If I were to size down to a 22 at this point, it would not be feasible since I am just starting to wear corsets and cinching over 6 inches would be too extreme for any beginner. The 411 is the perfect length and would work well for short to average torso like myself. Unlike the 426, if you are cinching a lot of skin there is a good possibility of a slight muffin top as the corset can only withhold so much. In my photos, you can see what I am describing but this would only occur mostly when worn under clothes since the corset is directly pulling on the flesh when tightened. What I love most with the 411 is the level of waist definition it provides and doesn’t cause any cutting into my hips whatsoever. Currently I have a 13 inch difference between my waist and hips which proves to be quite challenging when finding proper fitting undergarments.
Note: On account of these corsets being constructed with spiral steel boning, it is not possible to get them wet (aka washing them) therefore Orchard Corset recommends wearing a corset liner or light clothing under your corset to avoid excess body oils saturating the fabric from direct contact to your skin.
426 Underbust Corset
- Level 3: Extra Curves
- 13.5″ Front Center / 13″ Back / 12″ Side
- 22 Flat & Spiral Steel Bones
- Ideal for Average to Long torso
- Extends over the hips
- Perfect for women with a wide underbust
411 Underbust Corset
- Level 2: Enhanced Curves
- 10″ Front / 10.5″ Back / 8.5″ Side
- 16 Flat & Spiral Steel Bones
- Ideal for Short to Average torso
- Concentrates in the mid section, does not extend over hips
- Perfect for women with narrow to average underbust
Although the 426 isn’t a perfect fit for me, the overall design is highly recommended for those with a average to long torso with a medium to wide underbust. Hands down the 411 is the ideal corset for my body type and achieves the definition I seek in waist reduction. It was so exciting to achieve such great results after a few wears and cannot wait to continue discovering the benefits of light corset training. The hesitations I had after my first corset review are long gone and I can’t believe the transformation only one year later from my original post in April 2012.
Remember how I have been hinting at exciting news for all of you??? …well it’s time to spill the beans!
- TWO Pin Up Persuasion readers will have the chance to win their very own 426 and 411 corset from Orchard Corset!!! Stay tuned for all the details…Monday, June 24th!!!