In order for corsets to cinch in your waist your corset size will be smaller than your natural waist measurement. The number of your corset size indicates the number of inches the corset measures at its smallest point, the waist line.
Because corset sizing is so different from the way most modern clothes are sized, you'll need to take some measurements to determine which size will fit you the best. For the most accurate sizing you'll want to take your under bust and natural waist measurements. If you're naturally curvy or concerned about the fit of a corset at your hips, we recommend taking an additional measurement around your hips. If you're concerned about the length of a particular corset style, measuring from your under bust to lap is a good idea as well. All of these measurements can be easily taken with the aid of a flexible dressmaker's or tailor's tape measure, available at any sewing or craft store as well as many big box retailers.
All horizontal/circumferential measurements (bust, under bust, natural waist, and hip) should all be taken with the tape measure as close to parallel with the floor as possible and drawn snugly, but not too tightly, around you.
Please DON'T pick a size by subtracting the number of inches of reduction you would like from your uncorseted waist measurement! The odds are very good that this will not result in the size that fits you most comfortably. Our sizing tool factors in an approximate lacing gap of 2-4 inches when estimating sizes, so if you prefer the aesthetic or feel of wearing a corset laced closed you may want to go up one size.
Gentle Silhouette Hourglass Silhouette
|Natural Waist||Corset Size|
|23 - 24 Inches||20|
|25 - 26 Inches||22|
|27 - 28 Inches||24|
|29 - 30 Inches||26|
|31 - 32 Inches||28|
|33 - 35 Inches||30|
|36 - 37 Inches||32|
|38 - 39 Inches||34|
|40 - 41 Inches||36|
|42 - 45 Inches||38|
|Natural Waist||Corset Size|
|25 - 26 Inches||20|
|27 - 28 Inches||22|
|29 - 30 Inches||24|
|31 - 32 Inches||26|
|33 - 35 Inches||28|
|36 - 37 Inches||30|
|38 - 39 Inches||32|
|40 - 41 Inches||34|
|42 - 45 Inches||36|
|46 - 48 Inches||38|
Your Height Matters: Tall vs Petite Body Types
Do you have a longer torso, or are looking for something to smooth the hips? You might like our long cut under bust corsets! Have a petite figure or feel that you're shorter waisted? The waist cincher style may be a good fit for you! Not sure which style you can fit into? Compare your underbust to lap measurement to the measurements below.
The shortest of our corset family, the upper edge of this corset should rest below the under bust and the lower edge above the hipbones (iliac crest) for most people. If you're particularly petite or short waisted you may find that this style fits you more like a true under bust. This corset is cut straight across at the upper edge and has a subtle point at the lower edge.
Choose this cut if: Your torso is less than 9" in height, and your ribcage and hips are fairly balanced. Those with a longer torso can wear this corset as well, fashioned as a wide belt.
Avoid this cut if: You have a prominent lower tummy pooch (aka "mother's apron"), as this corset is very short and will not fully cover the lower abdomen unless you are very petite or have a short torso. People with hips that are 10+ inches greater than their waist measurement may find the lower edge of this corset narrower than is most comfortable for them.
Gentle Silhouette: Our Gentle waist cincher corsets have a mild, slim silhouette and are best for tummy flattening rather than extreme tight lacing or waist training.
Center front: 8.5" with 7" busk Side length: 6.5"-6.75" Center back: 9.75"-10" Under bust to lap: 7"-7.25"
Hourglass Silhouette: Redesigned and released in 2015, the hourglass silhouette version of this cut is made to be curvier and more comfortable than ever before. This version of the waist cincher under bust corset will have a 4" rib spring (difference between waist and under bust) and a 7" hip spring (difference between waist and hip).
Center front: 8.25" with 7" busk
Side length: 6.25"
Center back: 9.5"-9.75"
Under bust to lap: 7"-7.25"
This corset is designed to sit right at the hipbone (iliac crest) on most wearers, and has a contoured under bust line to accentuate and slightly lift the bust area. This corset is a great place to start if you're just beginning to get into corsetry as it fits the majority of people well and comes in the largest array of fashion fabrics to choose from!
Choose this cut if: You are an "apple" or "ruler" shape, with a fairly balanced ribcage and hip. Men can wear this style with ease as well, sometimes upside-down if it's more comfortable. People with average-to-longer torso lengths should fit this cut.
Avoid this cut if: You have a torso shorter than 9" in height. If you have a dramatic "pear" shape and your hip measurement (iliac crest) is 10+ inches larger than your natural waist, you may be more comfortable in the long cut under bust instead.
Gentle Silhouette: Our Gentle under bust corsets are a great choice for corset beginners as they fit most people well and give a less extreme look.
Center front: 12"-13" with a 10" busk Side length: 9.5"-9.75" Center back: 12.25"-12.75" Under bust to lap: 10"
Hourglass Silhouette: Redesigned and released in 2015, the hourglass silhouette version of this cut is made to be curvier and more comfortable than ever before. This version of the regular under bust corset will have a 6.5" rib spring (difference between waist and under bust), a 10" hip spring (difference between waist and hip), and a rounder contoured under bust line than that of our Gentle under bust corsets.
Center front: 11.75" with a 10" busk
Side length: 9.5"-9.75"
Center back: 12.75"
Under bust to lap: 10.25"-10.5"
This corset is designed to flatter those with longer waists and/ or those who are "pear shaped", as this style has functional side hip ties that can easily be adjusted to accommodate curvier figures. This style is also the most flattering for full-figured wearers and those who have a pooch or "mother's apron."
Choose this corset if: You are plus-sized, or have a long torso as the extra tummy coverage will make this corset the most flattering. Those who have prominent hips (your iliac crest measures 10+ inches greater than your waist) will also find the expandable hip ties more comfortable.
Avoid this corset if: You have a torso 10" or less in height, unless you don't plan to sit down for long periods in this corset.
Gentle Silhouette: Our Gentle long cut under bust corsets fit more closely along the ribcage and under bust than other styles, making these an excellent choice for people with narrow ribcages and classic "pear shaped" body types.
Center front: 13.5"-14.25" with a 12" busk Side length: 11.25"-11.5" at slit Center back: 13.75"-14" Under bust to lap: 11.75"
Hourglass Silhouette: Redesigned and released in 2015, the hourglass silhouette version of this cut is made to be curvier and more comfortable than ever before. This version of the long cut under bust corset will have a 6.5" rib spring (difference between waist and under bust), a 7" high hip spring (difference between waist and hip), and a 12" low hip spring.
Center front: 13" with a 12" busk
Side length: 11"-11.5" at slit
Center back: 13.5"
Under bust to lap: 11.25"-11.5"
Our over bust corsets features an attached modesty panel and adjustable side lacing, although they sit a bit higher on the hips and come up higher under the arms, over the breasts, and up the back than the long cut style. Sizes 20 & 22 use a 12" busk while sizes 24 to 38 use a 13" busk.
Choose this corset if: You are looking for extra support at the bust or need something that provides more coverage.
Avoid this corset if: You exceed a DD cup size.
Size 20 - 22: Center Front: 13 ¼” - 13 ½” Side Length: 11 ¼” - 11 ½” Center Back: 12 ½” - 12 ¾” Underbust to Hip: 13 ¼” - 13 ½”
Size 24 – 38: Center Front 14” – 14 ¼” Side Length: 12 ¼” – 12 ½” Center Back: 14” – 14 ¾” Underbust to Hip: 14 ¾” – 15 ¼”
Based on American cup sizes our over bust corsets come in three sizes.
S = Cup Size A & B
M = Cup Size C
L = Cup Size D - DD
Petite and Plus Size Corset Considerations:
Regardless of your body type a corset can help shape your body into a smooth hourglass shape that you can feel confident about. Often people with fuller figures find that they're able to cinch their waists down further than people who fit into smaller sizes. We've done our best to take this into consideration with our sizing, but if you find that your corset fits more loosely than you would like you're always welcome to return or exchange it within 45 days of the date of purchase.
Every corset we offer is available in sizes 20-38, for waist measurements from 23 to 45 inches, and we've extended our size range to include corsets in sizes 18, 40, and 42 for some of our most popular styles all of which are viewable here.