The Rago Review: A Classic Corselette
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 many of their shapewear patterns are that old as well!), and they have a tradition of high quality yet budget friendly undergarments.
A corselette is another word girdle dress. Instead of a girdle that that goes from the waist to just under the bum, imagine one extending from your bust to your upper thighs – cinching the waist, lifting the bosom, shaping the hips and rear. If you like girdles (and if you don’t, that’s totally fine, but they’re pretty groovy), it’s a marvelous kind of lingerie. Rago’s patented tummy panel provides firm control for the stomach while their trademark shaping bands wrap around the waist, hips, and derriere with firm control, giving tight support. The lace powernet stretches to semi-sheerness once it’s on the body, 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 pointed shape, but not as point as a bullet bra. Shallower or smaller busts may need bra pads to fill out the cups, otherwise you can get a bit of puckering around the edges or the very tip of the cup. The corselette has a low, scooped back which makes it for low-backed dresses, but this would still be visible if paired with a “backless” garment. The six garters have metal clips and adjusters, and are non-removable (i.e. you’d have to cut them off or unpick the stiches, and, sidenote: the girdle may not stay down as well without stockings). This girdle dress is a pull on style, and has neither zippers nor hook-and-eye closures. You’d want to roll it up in your hands, pantyhose style, and pull it on starting with the legs and feet.
Something to note, if your hips are more than 10 inches larger than your waist (like mine), you may have to make the difficult decision of either ordering up a cup size and having the proper fit on your hips (but requiring pads to fill out the bra cups) or ordering your correct bra size and having it fit your bust but be extra (dare I say uncomfortably?) snug about the waist, hips, and rear. As this is a firm control shapewear item, some snugness is to be expected. In my case, since I didn’t mind the extra firmness on my lower half, I simply stuck to my regular bra size.
I’m 5’8″, and the hem of this garment comes just to the bottom of my derriere. It’s very stretchy however, so I could see someone an inch or two taller than me wearing this so long as they were comfortable with the hem being slightly higher. You petite people are lucky, however, as this could potentially double as a mini-dress for a party or event or even a bustier if paired with a skirt or slacks.
The Rago corselette is a classic piece of lingerie, one that’s remained almost unchanged for decades. I think of it as a wardrobe essential, and the accessible price point (not to mention the wide size range – up to a 48D), makes it a must-buy.
You can purchase from HerRoom, StockingsHQ, Secrets in Lace, Amazon, or Hepburn & Leigh.