At Lone Star Pin-up, we are not just a retro photography studio, we also offer a wide selection of steel-boned corsets in our Corset Boutique! We are often asked how to measure for these. Our corsets are designed for waist reduction, which means they are made with steel bones and have all steel busks and grommets. To find your size for this type of corset, you simply need your natural waist measurement. Our sizes are labeled in inches to indicate the smallest the corset can be cinched. Any corset sizes that are listed as small, medium, large, etc or as dress sizes are not true waist cinching corsets and are mostly likely made of plastic boning. Plastic, unlike the steel used in our corsets, does not withstand the test of time. It quickly loses its shape and becomes useless to the wearer as a waist cinching garment. Many fashion corsets contain plastic boning, which can be removed once the plastic gets bent out of shape, but then any additional support offered by the boning is lost. For waist reduction, steel is the way to go!
Your natural waist measurment can be found by taking a tape measure and measuring around your waist at the smallest (or widest) point, approximately two to three inches above your belly button. After you have found your natural waist measurement, subtract 4″ to 6″ to find your corset size. For example, a 30″ waist could fit a 24″ or 26″ corset size. Depending on how much your waist is able to be reduced, you can sometimes wear an even smaller size. For beginners, we recommend a reduction of 4″.
Feel free to stop by our Corset Boutique to try on some steel-boned corsets in your size to get a better idea of how they fit your frame. We carry waist reducing underbust, overbust, burlesque, evening and casual styles that can be worn underneath clothing for shaping or as a top or costume! Stop by the shop to check out our in-stock selection!