Vintage Shapewear

Paramount Corset Heritage

How often do you see a family owned and operated company that has been in the fashion business for over a 100 years and still one of the leaders in their craft? Simply, it is almost unheard of today and absolutely remarkable. Vollers Corsets began in 1899, when Harry & Nelly Voller established a shop and factory in Portsmouth, England. In the early 1900’s, corsets fell out of style as they were seen as a sign of suppression and as a result the second generation of Vollers began fabricating girdles. For four decades, they were the leaders in their new found craft, but the demand for nipped in waists returned in the early 1950’s. Fortunately for all of us, the next generation of Vollers went back to their origins fabricating high quality handcrafted corsets and still do to this present day. It is with great pleasure and honor to feature the Vollers Waist Hugger – Waist Training Corset in Black Spot Brocade.

Available in sizes 18-38 in black, white, & red ~ MSRP £160.00

IMG_7072For those of you who already own a corset, I would definitely recommend to stay with the same sizing when it comes to Vollers. If you are in the market to make your first corset purchase, it is best to consult the super helpful Vollers Sizing Guide (VIEW HERE) to determine the appropriate size. If your waist measurement is in between two sizes like me (waist 26″-27″), I recommend going down to the smaller size for more waist reduction. In this particular case, I selected my regular corset size 22. When my Vollers Corset arrived, I was quite impressed as it was hand wrapped in a lovely black presentation box; it is the small attention to detail that truly makes your purchase feel extra special. The Waist Hugger Corset is one of Vollers shorter styles which is ideal for my short torso as it measures only 9″ in length on the front/back and 8″ on the sides. Normally I struggle with off the rack corsets due to my narrow rib cage and wide hips but fortunately the Vollers Corset fit was spot on for my hourglass shape. The Waist Hugger Corset features a lovely black dot brocade fabric, 21 steel bones ideal for waist training, cotton twill lining, a wide modesty panel and durably nylon laces. Now if you are new to corsets, the LAST thing you want to do it put on your corset and lace it super tight the first time you wear it. This will not only hurt you, it will also damage the corset. To avoid this, you must begin by breaking in your new corset which is referred to as “corset seasoning”. This seasoning process allows the corset to mold to your body and permits you to get accustomed to wearing one as well. Start by wearing your corset snug (not tight) for short intervals of up to 2hrs a day and make sure to do so daily for at least week to properly season your corset.

IMG_7061 IMG_7060Now I must fess up to the fact that I was in awe for quite a while just holding the Vollers Corset in my hands. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be so fortunate to own a piece with such rich history seeing as the company has been making corsets for over a Century. As many of you know, I do not waist train and only wear corset occasionally so it took me a little time to get back into tight lacing again. The Vollers Waist Hugger Corset is so beautifully constructed and has a truly classic figure enhancing design. The black spot brocade fabric is elegant and one of the slimmest corsets I have ever worn. There was just something unique in the way it molded to my body seamlessly and did not feel like I was wearing a bulky steel boned corset. My waist was dramatically reduced with ease and comfort. This corset would be ideal to wear under your clothing seamlessly to create that jaw dropping tiny waist. The Waist Hugger Corset is actually designed for waist training and would be an excellent quality corset to invest in for beginners.

IMG_7051The wonderful aspect of corsets is that they can be worn under and over your clothing depending on the look you wish to achieve. I loved the way the Waist Hugger Corset paired wonderfully with a classic office chic look. This ensemble was achieved with the Pinup Girl Clothing Sabrina top, a simple grey pencil skirt and my go-to black round toe pumps. For every day corset wearing, I would not tight lace as seen here.

IMG_7068 IMG_7064It is truly magnificent to see a company with such rich heritage that has stood the test of time and continued to flourish through each era of fashion for more than eleven decades and counting. If you are looking for a quality corset that will last you a lifetime (Vollers offers a lifetime guarantee on all their corsets), you will not be disappointed!



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Back In Black ~ Kiss Me Deadly Kickstarter

Kiss Me Deadly has launched a better than ever Kickstarter featuring some of the most luxurious vintage inspired lingerie around. In just the first 9 days, they have already met 80% of their goal. Now let’s help them get to 100% and score some of those stunning limited edition designs for ourselves! All designs will be available in sizes 32-36 B-G and S,M,L and XL. Are you ready to see what they have in store? 
angelou v2

Angelou Bra and Longline Girdle

angelou v1

Angelou Bra and Knicker

Pankhurst 1

Pankhurst Burgundy Bra and Knicker

pankhurst 2

Pankhurst Burgundy Girdle-Skirt

Grace gown

Grace Cowl Neck Gown

grace robe

Grace Sheer Ruffle Robe

leonie gown

Leonie V-Neck Gown

leonie robe

Leonie Satin Robe

Demi corset (crystal variation)

Swarovski Crystal Black Demi-Corset

For each level of pledges, you will secure some ultra sexy lingerie and help make this project a reality. I am seriously lusting over the Leonie Satin Robe, which is only a £70 pledge and would normally retail for £115.
acfc72bd596acdcecf2e3a571e265f85_originalJoin in on the Murder Mystery fun to help find the killer and share the campaign with #KMDKILLERSTYLE to be entered into a draw to win a custom corset. That’s right, help spread the word and you can win a custom corset! Check out Episodes Part one and Part two to start unraveling the mystery…more coming soon!

CLICK HERE TO JOIN–>Kiss Me Deadly Kickstarter



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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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