Above is the Rago corselette, lace powernet, firm control, 70% nylon/30% lycra, sizes 34B-48D, six garters, $45.99-$69.65 USD.
Rago is a leading name in shapewear. They’ve been in business for over 50 years, and they have a tradition of high quality yet budget friendly merchandise.
A corselette is a girdle dress. Imagine your favorite girdle extending from your bust to your upper thighs, hugging every inch of you all day long. If you like girdles (and if you don’t, you should), it’s a marvelous sensation. The tummy panel provides firm control, and the shaping bands on the waist, hips, and derriere all help to keep you pulled in. The lace powernet stretches to semi-sheerness once on and it looks a bit like having a floral tattoo.
Oh dear. I sound like I’m writing a love letter, don’t I?
The soft bra cups have a slightly pointy shape, but are not nearly as defined as a bullet bra, nor do they need bra pads to fill them out. The corselette has a low, scooped back which means you can wear it with your low-backed dresses, though I wouldn’t go so far as pairing it with something “backless.” Of course, the six garters have metal clips and adjusters. The girdle dress is a pull on style and has neither zippers nor hook-and-eye closures.
Something to note, if your hips are more than 10 inches larger than your waist (like mine are), you may have to make the difficult decision of either a) ordering up a cup size and having the proper fit on your hips but requiring pads to fill out the bra cups or b) ordering your correct bra size and having it fit your bust but be extra snug about the waist, hips, and rear. As this is a shapewear item, I don’t mind the extra control down below, and so I simply stuck to my regular bra size.
I’m 5’8″, and the hem of this garment comes just to the end of my derriere. It’s very stretchy however, so I could see someone a few inches taller than me wearing this so long as s/he was comfortable with it being a inch or two higher. You petite people are lucky as this could double as a mini-dress at a costume party (who wants to be a pin-up girl?) or fetish event.
The Rago corselette is a classic piece. I believe it’s one of the few things that is absolutely required in your wardrobe, and I’ve not said that about anything before.
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