Where to Shop for Corsets: 50 Places to Buy your Next Corset

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One of the questions I’m asked most frequently, especially during an event like Corset Week is, “Where can I buy a nice corset?”

It’s a question I totally understand. Even the most inexpensive (but still quality) steel boned corset will cost you at least $100… and as you get into custom measurements and quality fabrics and special add-ons (like fan-lacing or lace overlay), the price can skyrocket to triple that — at least.

So to make things just a little easier, here’s the official Lingerie Addict list of 50+ places to buy your next corset. The first 10 are good sources for off-the-rack, ready-to-ship pieces. The next are expert corsetieres who can build a corset from scratch to your specifications. An asterisk by a name means I’ve made a satisfactory purchase from that corset retailer or corset maker before.

I really want this post to be a resource that people can use for a long time, so please feel free to not only share this post with your friends but to also leave reviews of the corset businesses you’ve bought from in the comments. After all, there’s no lingerie addict like an informed lingerie addict.

This article was updated in March 2015 by The Lingerie Addict’s in-house corsetry expert, Marianne Faulkner. The above is Cora’s original introduction. To get you started, I’ve compiled twelve of my top articles on buying a corset. Each brand has also been updated to include a location; for a larger index of corsetieres across the world, please consult Lucy’s Corsetry’s Corsetiere Map.

How to Buy A Corset

  1. Why Corsets are Expensive
  2. How Much Should You Spend on a Corset?
  3. What (You Didn’t Know) to Look for in a Corset
  4. In Defense of Ready-to-Wear Corsets
  5. About Custom & Made-to-Measure Corsets
  6. Corset Basics: Silhouette Styles Defined
  7. A Corset Family Tree, Abridged
  8. How to Choose the Right Corset for Your Body Type
  9. How to Choose the Right Corset for Any Occasion
  10. How to Order Handmade Lingerie & Corsets
  11. How to Buy Corsets for Gifts & Special Occasions
  12. 10 Specialty Corsetieres

Mass-Manufactured Starter Corsets

Orchard Corset

Orchard Corset

  1. Fairy GothmotherLondon, England, UK
  2. Hips and CurvesSouthern California, USA
  3. MeschantesRaleigh, NC, USA
  4. Mystic City CorsetsGarfield, NJ, USA
  5. Orchard CorsetWenatchee, WA, USA, and New York, NY, USA
  6. RestyleSiedIce, Poland
  7. Timeless Trends*Austin, TX, USA

    Finer Manufactured Corsets

    What Katie Did

    What Katie Did

  8. Angela FriedmanNew York, NY, USA
  9. Isabella CorsetrySacramento, CA, USA
  10. What Katie Did*London, England, UK, and Los Angeles, CA, USA

    Custom and/or Couture Corsets

    Sparklewren

    Sparklewren

  11. Anachronism in ActionLos Angeles, CA, USA
  12. Angela StringerLiverpool, England, UK
  13. Ava CorsetryGuernsey
  14. The Bad ButtonGeorgetown, KY, USA
  15. Bibian BlueBarcelona, Spain
  16. Boom Boom Baby Boutique*Norwich, England, UK
  17. Clessidra CoutureOxfordshire, England, UK
  18. Contour CorsetsPhiladelphia, PA, USA
  19. Corsetry & RomanceCracow, Poland
  20. Corsets & MoreAldersbach, Germany
  21. Crikey AphroditeGlasgow, Scotland, UK
  22. Flo FoxworthyWellington, NZ
  23. Karolina LaskowskaLondon, England, UK
  24. LaBelle FairyCranbrook, BC, Canada
  25. Lace EmbraceVancouver, BC, Canada
  26. Laurie TavanSan Jose, CA, USA
  27. Lovely RatsDallas, TX, USA
  28. Lovesick Corrective ApparelToronto, Ontario, Canada
  29. Luscious PearlSurrey, BC, Canada
  30. Madame SherSão Paolo, Brazil
  31. Maison MoginotParis, France
  32. MDC DesignsBakersfield, CA, USA
  33. Miss KatieHastings, England, UK
  34. Morgana Femme CoutureLondon, England, UK
  35. MorúaChicago, IL, USA
  36. Neon DuchessPortsmouth, England, UK
  37. OrchidShrewsbury, England, UK
  38. Period Corsets* – Seattle, WA, USA
  39. Pop AntiqueSan Francisco, CA, USA
  40. Purdy CorsetryAuckland, NZ
  41. Retro FolieMontreal, Quebec, Canada
  42. RomantasySan Francisco, CA, USA
  43. Rosie RedOxford, England, UK
  44. Royal BlackVienna, Austria
  45. Scoundrelle’s KeepSaint Paul, MN, USA
  46. SerindëParis, France
  47. Sian HoffmanLondon, England, UK
  48. Skeletons in the ClosetBuitenpost, NL
  49. SnowBlack CorsetsSilesia, Poland
  50. Sparklewren*Birmingham, England, UK
  51. SugarKitty Corsets*Columbus, OH, USA
  52. Sweet CarouselEdmonton, Alberta, CA
  53. Tighter CorsetsDuvall, WA, USA
  54. VanyanísMelbourne, Australia
  55. VideNoirMilan, Italy
  56. Waisted CoutureLas Vegas, NV, USA
  57. Wilde Hunt CorsetryColumbus, OH, USA
  58. Wyte PhantomBarnton, England, UK

    Latex Corsets

    Ooh La Latex

    Ooh La Latex

  59. Atsuko KudoLondon, England, UK
  60. Lady LucieLondon, England, UK
  61. Lust DesignsOakland, CA, USA
  62. Ooh La LatexLondon, England, UK
  63. Westward BoundPlymouth, England, UK

    Legacy Brands

    Dark Garden Unique Corsetry

    Dark Garden Unique Corsetry

  64. Bizarre DesignAmsterdam, NL – Established 1987
  65. C & S ConstructionsWiltshire, England, UK – Established 1988/1995
  66. Dark GardenSan Francisco, CA, USA – Established 1989
  67. Puimond*Los Angeles, CA, USA – Established 1995
  68. Starkers!Toronto, Ontario, Canada – Established 1992

58 Comments on this post

  1. ToriFan13 (Samantha) says:

    What do you think about Frederick's of Hollywood corsets?

  2. HMS says:

    I own a beautiful corset from Tomto, Berlin. http://www.tomto.de/
    Tonia's work is absolutely outstanding and she is a great person as well.

  3. Anonymous says:

    A lot of the companies in the 'custom made' section also have off the rack options! That's certainly the case for AK, Miss Katie, Velda Lauder, Lady Lucie and probably most others too.
    Maz x
    ps: happy birthday Treacle!!!!! :)

  4. a lovely corpse says:

    Thanks so much for Corset Week. This morning I thought I'd throw on my corset… and maybe my heart shaped pasties too… and now I'm just hanging out in lingerie :D Thanks for feeding my lingerie addiction ♥

  5. Jen says:

    Oh, wonderful post. Thank you! I was wondering myself!

    Samantha, not to speak for Treacle, of course, but I don't think Frederick's corsets are all that great. They are more in line with the not-so-well-made ones mentioned in one of Corset Week's earlier posts. They ripple, they poke, and they don't really suck you in all that well. I'm a natural hourglass, so they definitely stab me in various spots. Just my experience…!

  6. Erden says:

    Just a few weeks ago my wife bought a corset from The Bad Button. http://www.etsy.com/shop/thebadbutton

    She does custom work and my wife looks like a pin-up in it!

  7. Nikki53 says:

    I have one of Lace Embrace's off-the-rack corsets (the Victorian underbust), and it is the most amazingly gorgeous/comfortable corset I have ever worn.

    Melanie has one of the largest personal collections of vintage corsets, and she bases patterns on those, which I found very exciting. She is also one of Dita Von Teese's corsetieres.

    Her customer service is also incredible; I had her emailing me for about a week to try to help me find my perfect corset =)

    Highly recommended!!

  8. Wilde Hunt Corsetry says:

    Thank you for the kind recommendation, Treacle. :)

  9. Scarletdancer says:

    I have just had a corset made for me by Corset Heaven – http://www.corsetheaven.com, it is so comfortable and the best shape yet that I've acheived with my corsets.

    They do sell Vollers corsets, which I've never rated highly but their own brand Luna underbust is fabulous. They offer standard sizes but as their made to measure was only £30 extra, I decided to go for that and I'm really glad I did.

    The lady there was really helpful too as I couldn't decide between a couple of the styles, she took my measurements and pointed me in the right direction.

    A great experience all round, I'll definately go back to them again.

  10. tron-world says:

    We've got a local corsetier here in Las Vegas who also owns the only corset store here called "Bad Attitude":

    http://badattitude.com

    They do high quality custom-made corsets and their prices are very reasonable; definitely better priced than the Agent Provocateur Corsets being sold several blocks away over at Caesar's Palace Forum Shoppes. And more options, too!

  11. pinkpenguin763 says:

    @ToriFan13 I have a Frederick's corset that I absolutely love. I got it on sale so the price was good, and I feel like for moderate use it is good quality. I bought my corset after having hand sewn about 4 other corsets for costumes for a show I was working on. I would say the quality of the Frederick's corset is similar to my hand made ones (not to overstate my skills, but I am a fairly good seamstress) and the material was a much higher quality. The only part that worries me are the grommets for the lacing. It looks strong, but if I were making my own for regular use I would reinforce them more than would probably ever be necessary. I would therefore recommend the Frederick's corsets for a fun costume that will still hold you in, specifically if you are heavier or have large breasts (both of which are my care), and will look very beautiful, though may not be as long lasting as a custom or more expensive corset. The bonning is also not super stiff as may be desired, but it does do the job. As for sizing I ordered one size above my usual bra band size just because I am on the heavy side, the fit was great for loose or tight wear on myself, and was fairly decent on some girls smaller than myself. Hope that helps anyone looking at Frederick's! Thank you for the awesome article!

    • Weepingwillow says:

      Frederick’s does not sell corsets!
      Those are bustiers and they’re boned with plastic and are nothing more than lingerie or costume wear. There is a huge huge huge difference between corsets, and bustiers/lingerie.
      They do nothing for your figure, they warp, they poke, they bend badly. I’m a very thin woman with no bulges or tummy or muffins and they bend and pucker and warp on my flat stomach!
      Good for the bedroom (where it will be taken off in seconds) and not much else.

  12. seirenis says:

    please also consider

    Karybdis Atelier
    http://www.facebook.com/Karybdis.Atelier

    http://www.karybdisatelier.altervista.org

    she makes custom corsets and is in Italy

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  14. sankalpa says:

    Why are all corsets sold online? Are there shops or store chains in USA where I can try them out before spending 100 bucks on them?
    Secondly even if I were to buy one form the online stores what measurements should I keep in mind to get the best fit

    • admin Treacle says:

      Hi Sankalpa! There are tons of articles about corsets on The Lingerie Addict, from why they cost so much to where to buy them to how to buy them. You can either find them through the breadcrumbs on this article or by searching for “corset” in the search bar.

  15. Meghan says:

    I’ve purchased from Desert Orchid, and while the shape really wasn’t for me, the quality, service, and price were all fantastic. The corset I received was absolutely wonderful, objectively speaking. I can’t recommend them enough to anyone who likes the hourglass shape.

  16. Freiherr Thomas says:

    My wife just received a steel boned corset from http://www.corsets-uk.com , she was in a wedding and saw one that was perfect. Great customer service, amazing quality. she says its the best corset she’s ever owned.

  17. Alexandrea Ward says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this information. You just don’t know how long I’ve been trying to find a place to buy a corset or two from. Like years!

  18. Kathy says:

    I highly recommend:
    http://www.castlecorsetry.com/
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/castlecorsetry

    She’s in LA and also makes all sorts of cosplay and historical costumes!

  19. PTG says:

    For the off-the-rack category I would like to mention Axfords: reasonable quality, courteous and efficient service. I have been a customer for almost a decade.

    Also, for custom-made corsets, J.C. Creations of Amsterdam has quite a reputation, though I have not used them myself.

    • Cora Treacle says:

      I’ve tried Axfords, and found their quality lacking, especially when you consider their prices. It’s why neither they nor Vollers is on the list.

      I hadn’t heard of J.C. Creations though. Thanks for the recommendation, and I’ll check them out.

  20. Sahara says:

    Hey has anyone ever heard of underbusts.net? I came across it and it seemed like an informational site with a lot of different facts and differentiations between types of corsets but they also have a link to like 10 corsets they sell that seem like good quality and are reasonable (like $130). I need just the under bust type of corset for my wedding coming up and am having a hard time finding one that is **affordable** as well as good quality that I’ll be okay in for the day. Any specific suggestions or reviews on underbusts.net?

    • Cora Treacle says:

      I haven’t tried Underbust.net, but I have seen the ‘corsets’ they’re selling on their site in other places for $50 (sometimes, even less). I recommend Timeless Trends for an affordable, quality underbust (about $99) or What Katie Did for a more high-end and better quality off the rack corset. Eurotique also makes some nice off the rack underbusts. Hope this helps, and you might also want to take a look at my article ‘Should I Wear a Corset Under by Wedding Dress?

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  22. Barbara says:

    I bought my corset from Hips and Curves. I wish I could afford a really nice on with the steel boning, but for now I have a cheaper one, I love it…they have beautiful stuff on their website. And you have great advice and information on your site. Thanks for all the valuable information!

  23. TurboKitteh says:

    Oh Lovesick custom made my very first corset & and it certainly stood up to the test of time & wear! It’s just a simple black dupioni silk sweetheart overbust, but I love it dearly. It makes me so happy to see her on the list.
    I’d also suggest Delicious Boutique (http://www.deliciousboutique.com/DC-.html) in Philadelphia, PA. The girls there are wonderful to do business with no matter if you are purchasing off the rack or a getting a custom corset. They re-made an underbust of mine 3 times until I was happy with the fit and look! And boy is it a show stopper when I bring it out.

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  25. Jade says:

    For the down under divas, Gallery Serpentine in Newtown is a well known institution, almost to the point that almost any corset wearer in Sydney will be able to recognise one! They have a wide range of off the rack corsets in a dizzying array of styles and fabrics (mostly victoriana/goth/steampunk influenced), and also do custom sizing.
    http://www.galleryserpentine.com.au/

  26. Cristy says:

    I was all set to order a corset from Meschantes, they have one that I just fell in love with. Their corset liners look very affordable, too. Then I did some research. It appears that they have terrible customer service. Wrong corsets sent, corsets made with wrong fabric, corsets never sent to customers, and ignored emails about it. It seems to happen less often through etsy or ebay, but I I think I’ll stick to a corset that maybe doesn’t catch my eye as much, but I trust they won’t take my money and run.
    Thanks for the great articles!

  27. E says:

    Hi,
    I am just now getting into corseting, I really want to start waist training soon. I am a 27/26 in waist and I really can’t pay over $120 do you know of a good place to buy that would be good for waist training as well as a pretty good quality? thank you!

  28. Jen says:

    I own quite a few corsets from Timeless Trends and I love them. I’ve been fortunate enough to try them on at their booths at conventions, they are pleasant to deal with, always find me the right fit, and are good quality for the price. Plus they have a lifetime guarantee, can’t beat that!

  29. Andrea says:

    I’ve been looking all over New England (VT, NH and ME so far) for a place to GO and get fitted for a ‘real’ corset and am striking out left and right. I find places that say they sell corsets, but you find they are fashion types, with no structure to them at all. My hub and I have spent hours looking…online, driving, calling – any recommendations for physical shops in the New England area?

    • Cora Treacle says:

      Have you tried seeing if a custom corsetiere is in your area? Many corsetieres don’t own physical shops, but could meet you in person for a fitting if you’re purchasing a corset from them.

    • Chellie says:

      I’m in the same boat, I live in Portsmouth, NH. I’ve recently discovered a site for Roissy Intimates, just down the road from me, in Greenland, NH. They offer custom fitted Vollers corsets. I haven’t been there yet, but intend to visit this week!

    • Julia says:

      For New England area corset buying my two suggestions are event based.
      1) NELA Fetish Fleamarket. They have a summer & winter event. The winter event has waaaay more vendors. Buy a day pass and check out the vendors. There are usually at least a half dozen real corset makers.

      2) Go to a sci-fi convention like Arisia. Buy a day pass and check out the vendors. There is a room for vending as well as at least one floor of “Dealer’s row” where people vend out of their hotel rooms. Again plenty of real corsets

  30. ak says:

    What about exquisite restraint? (my room mate got a corset there and loves it)

  31. Ashley says:

    You said that a quality corset would be around $100 or more, yet you suggest Hips and Curves?

  32. Leia says:

    Around Christmas time last year (2012) I placed an order with Ann Grogan of Romantasy Corsets for a lovely custom Edwardian underbust. Right before the corset arrived I had a medication change due to severe edema throughout my entire body. My doctor had me stop taking the med and put me on water pills for a short time and I lost at least 15lbs and shrunk in size quite a bit.
    Ann has been absolutely fantastic throughout this ordeal and has worked with me to not only get my original order cut down to my current size but also to order another corset that she and I designed at her salon in San Francisco to especially aid with my severe back pain (I have a herniated disc and nasty fibromyalgia, I have found that corsets ae able to provide the torso support that my damaged body no longer can, plus they make you look amazing and feel like the confident, beautiful woman that you really are.)
    Because of Ann’s impeccable customer service and the wonderful craftsmanship of her corsetieres she has won a dedicated customer for life.
    Please take the time to review the wearable and functional artwork of Exquisite Romantasy Corsetry at http://www.Romantasy.com

  33. Sophia says:

    What’s your impression of Angela Friedman corsets?

  34. Mika says:

    I have lost 130 pnds in 16 months, I just recently purchased 2 corsets from naughty smile, they are okay, but do not fit quite right, my first purchase was Fredericks and YES, they do bend, poke, rub and hurt, I am really disappointed with my experiences, I feel like my breasts are pushed up abnormally in the naughty smile corsets, while sitting down it is as though the girls could be a resting spot for my chin, very awkward feeling.but on the positive side, if I fall asleep while sitting I know my head won’t roll around, lol, the other issue is the roll over the top in the back, the proverbial issue of back fat. I have read that even thin girls have some roll over in the back, maybe mine is more, due to the fact that I have lost so much weight? I don’t know, both over/under corsets push the roll up in my back, but I think I like an under best, however, neither one fit right so its hard to tell. One thing I do love is the sexy curvy silhouette I get from it and the way my husband of 34 yrs looks at me when I wear it, plus it helps me stay aware of what I eat as I have a ways to go in the weight loss arena. Thanks to all, your posts have been helpful, but I am still in a quandary over whom to choose.

  35. Nadia says:

    I own 4 corsets made by http://www.skeletonsintheclosetclothing.com/ from the Netherlands.
    She makes standard size and custom corsets with high quality.

  36. There’s a nice corsetiers in Milan: AliGe http://www.alige.it

  37. Georgia says:

    Hey, thanks for the great resource! Is there any particular reason Orchard Corset didn’t make the list? I own three of their corsets and their underbusts are $100US or less

    • Cora Cora says:

      Mostly because I didn’t know about them at the time/they were selling different products at the time. This blog post is from 2011, but it’s on my list to update this year (we’ve got a few updates that need to happen).

  38. I had a custom corset made at Lovesick Corrective Apparel in Toronto. The whole process took a couple of months and cost around $500 for a custom, over-the-bust corset, but Andrea did a beautiful job. When a decent, off-the-rack corset costs $300, then why not go for custom? The fit is infinity superior, especially if you’re large-busted like me.

  39. Hi Cora, sorry if you get this twice – I was typing and the text box just disappeared on me so I’m not sure if it was submitted.

    Hoping you will consider listing my shop as a resource for people to be fitted for real corsets. I am not a corset maker. I am a professional corset fitter for the Vollers line of corsets. I know you are familiar with them but I never see anything about them in any of your online media – I hope it’s not because you don’t like them. (Short story: I started selling corsets, in particular Vollers corsets, in my mid 40’s after wearing one of their corsets, and actually my very first real corset, had such a huge influence on how I felt about myself as a life-long full figured woman, that I HAD TO make these corsets available to more women my age!)

    I am the only Vollers showroom in the United States. I am the only place to see and try on every corset in the Vollers line and I couldn’t love what I do more…..especially connecting face to face with women who have never worn a corset before and feel brave enough to give it a try, then fall in love with not only the corset but THEMSELVES!! I love it. Please consider listing A Beautiful Corset. I love what I do. I am not a big company. It’s really just me behind everything (well excepting of course that Vollers makes everything). I’d love to answer any questions you might have or your readers might have about the Vollers line – Vollers has been making their corsets since 1899. They are pricey…I know you know that too but they are worth every penny and did you know we offer a Lifetime Guarantee on every corset now? That’s new as of the fall 2013. I’m trying not to sound like an ad here…sorry if I do. I just want to convince you we are worth a look and even a listing ;) Your site is great – hope you are still loving what you do every day! Kindly, Tamar

    • Cora Cora says:

      Actually, I have tried Vollers on several occasions (back around the beginnings of this blog), and I was very disappointed with the both the quality and the fit. Because of that, I’ve never talked about them on this site. I genuinely believe my readers can get a much better product from many other corsetieres and corset makers (and often for a lot less money to boot).

    • Argent says:

      This is a pretty old comment, so I’m not sure if you’ll see this, but I’ll give it a try anyway. I actually visited your showroom once perhaps two years ago and I want to say it was a great experience. The corsets Vollers offers are really not the shape for me as they’re not enough of an hourglass, but I had a wonderful time trying some on and you provide a great atmosphere. I hope you’re still loving what you’re doing!

  40. Rae says:

    Thanks for the brilliant list and fabulous blog. Love your work! I think Totally Waisted is now at http://www.katrinamior.com ? I purchased via her etsy store in Nov 2014 :)

  41. Lisa says:

    I’ve got excellent steel boned corset (and it is silk) fits nicely.. Interesting is it possible to wear underbust corset more then four hours per day if it is my second month of waist training?

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