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Choosing the Right Corset
We want you to have a corset that fits superbly and gives you a fantastic figure. This page will give you the basic principles of corset style, measurements & fitting.

Which Style

The first decision is whether to have an under bust style or a longer style which supports the bust. If you have a fuller bust, cup size DD or larger, you are better suited to an under bust style. Your height can also be a factor - as a rough guide, customers 5'8" (170cm) and over wanting an over bust corset should look at FOD-AXC135. Less tall customers 5'3" (160 cm) and under should avoid this style. Height should not affect the fit of the under bust styles.Consider how and where you want to wear your corset - the decorated ones are fine for bedroom wear and dressing up but if you want to put a corset under everyday clothes, choose a plain style which will not show through as much.

Which Size

Sizing corsets is quite complicated and it is best to leave us to choose the correct size for you. When ordering, it is important that you do not give the size of the corset you want, but your actual, uncorsetted measurements (in inches or centimetres.) To get these, measure around the fullest part of your bust, the narrowest part of your waist and the fullest part of your hips. You may also give your bra and cup size (e.g. 34C).

We will then select the right size for you, usually (but not always) one which, when laced fully closed, will reduce your waist by about 4 inches (10 cm). However, you may not wish or be able to lace that tightly at first, but you should be able to lace up your corset so that it fits snugly all over. If you are unhappy with the fit, we are happy to exchange, provided corsets are returned as new.

The size of a corset is the measurement at the waist when fully closed. Sizes go up in 2 inch (5 cm) graduations: i.e. 24" (61 cm), 26" (66 cm) etc. The largest size is 34" (86 cm).

How To Put On A Corset

It is useful to have someone assisting, but it is possible to put your corset on without help. Corsets are delivered laced up at the back with two long loops at the waist. Loosen off the lacing then put the corset round you.

Fasten the front busk; do the top clasp first and the rest should follow. axfords
Pull the loops gently then tighten the lacing progressively towards the middle from both top and bottom until you are happy with the fit. Axfords
There should be a pleasant 'hugging' sensation, but you should still be comfortable. Axfords
To finish, tie the ends in a bow at back or front. DO NOT overtighten or you will damage your corset; corsets mould to the body after a short period and the material takes the strain evenly, then you can go a little tighter.

One last tip: if you are going to wear stockings and shoes with your corset, it is a good idea to put them on before tightening the laces, as most people are unused to the straight back a corset gives and find it hard to bend down!

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