Thursday, November 10, 2011

Corsets and Bicycles Part I: Corsets


A corset is a garment worn to hold and shape the torso into a desired shape for aesthetic or medical purposes (either for the duration of wearing this item, or with a more lasting effect). Both men and women are known to wear corsets, though women are more common wearers.

Fashion, as ever-changing as it is, something's just don’t die. The little black dress, a pair of sling back heels, fishnet stockings, the perfect shapewear…a go-to outfit for any woman. While times have changed, women’s needs have not. We are all looking for clothes that we feel great in, and in turn, look great in. I doubt my journey for the perfect jeans will never end. But best believe I will  never stop shopping for them, because once I have it, I will probably never want to take them off. Which is the way I feel about my newest additions to the revamped armada of garbs..
        Top images: The Baronessa steel-boned corset 

Hips and Curves is a plus-size lingerie company based in California and from the first time Hubb sent me a link from their site, I was stunned. They have great shit and offer a range from 1x(the smallest) to 6x(the biggest, but special sizes can be ordered). The models are gorgeous, curvy, and aren’t generic looking in anyway. I know my + size girls out there know what I’m talking about. It’s good to see curvy and chubby girls NOT look as if they are in their 40’s..but look my age.


These may not be the first corsets I have worn, I own an underbust corset to which I plan on using to start up my Waist training(or tight lacing). These are however, my first OVERbust corsets, meaning they cover the breasts(adding some va-va-voom if you get my meaning ;) For a HC’s construction and sizing of Corsets click here and here.
*If you are new to Corsets, sorry for all the jargon that I have and will be throwing around in this post.*
Opening the box was Christmas come early!
Tag attached to Ainsley Corset.
wondering why you see no skin behind the laces? The corsets from Hips and Curves come with a “modesty panel”- you choose how much to skin to show!
lacing2         "To put on a corset properly is as much of an art as to make a corset properly." -- Anna Held

Lacing and tightening a corset on your own is difficult. With practice is can be done, but its ideal to have someone help you; Hubb has become quite used to tying me up *teehee*, so I’m lucky in that department..but I found this guide(along with cute drawings) on self-lacing.
I’ve referred to this video countless times..

A big(if not main) reason I covet shapewear, is because of the body shape I was bestowed. I am the dreaded “apple shape". I use corsets, girdles, extra high panties, slips, cinchers, belts and something called the “Torsette”(which has changed my life!). Typically we apples gain weight in the tummy and face, but blessed with slender limbs….had to give us something right? Not to mention most apples are buxom to boot…anything giving me a wait is total thumbs up.
Body shapes are usually compared to fruit or actual shapes:
Knowing your body helps with dressing it to flatter your assets!

Part one of this two-part post down. Next up: Lady bikers of yore and their corset-wearing history.


  1. this is such an awesome tutorial!!! This is rad babe thanks heaps! I have never attempted a self lace- might have to give this a go!

  2. i am so happy you think so! please do and post a blog about it!

  3. I love this, I am an apple too, have you noticed we all get fruit or squares or triangles but symetrical, well proportioned women get called hour glass which sounds much more sexy than apple, pear or triangle.