Steel boned corsets are designed to create that classic hourglass shape and to provide with the perfect balance of comfort and support.
There are two types of steel boning: spiral steel and flat steel. Both types are often used in the same corset, because it is much more comfortable and provides more support than plastic boning, which cannot be used for waist training. Double steel boned corsets have twice as much boning as normal corsets and typically are used for waist training, because they can be laced tighter.
Corsets are divided into two styles: over-bust corsets and under-bust corsets. An over-bust corset covers your breasts, while an under-bust corset stops just below them.
Fabrics that are used is designing corsets have a huge impact on the final look of your undergarment and there is a wide range of them:
- Satin (or satin polyester) is common for corsets that are sold as underwear.
- Taffeta is an excellent choice if you need only a plain corset and want to avoid looking like you forgot to get dressed.
- Brocade is beautifully woven fabric that makes a corset look elaborate without the need for additional embellishments.
- PVC is not the kind of thing you’re likely to go out in public, but it might be just what you’re looking for behind closed doors.
- Lace is very commonly used to add embellishments to a corset. If you can’t find any corsets made out of lace alone, satin corset covered in lace can also look very effective.
Most corsets lace up at the back, however there are a few options for lace up in the front of your corset:
- Steel busk is the most common way to fasten a steel boned corset. Usually it has five or six large clips on that secure the corset and create a straight line down in the front of the corset.
- Zips are often used on reversible corsets. Unfortunately, they are not strong enough for waist training.
- Wire hook and eye closure are great for fashion corsets that won’t be laced tightly.
- Laced duo corsets lace at the front and the back. They can look pretty, but still you run the risk of looking like you’re just dressing up.
Steel boned corsets are designed to reduce your waist from 4 to 5 inches, but some waist training corsets reduce your waist to 6-7 inches more of the natural size of the waist.
Corsets are suitable for a variety of special occasions. It can be worn as bridal wear, evening wear, club wear and for many other events. They are still in fashion because they make you look extremely feminine and fancy. So choose one of steel boned corsets and enjoy your slimmer waist.