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Whether you’re waist training, thinking of waist training, horrified by waist training, or perversely fascinated by it, there are a lot of myths, misconceptions, and outright lies to wade through. In no particular order, I’d like to cut through a bunch of the bull. The Myth: A corset needs at least 20 bones to be suitable for waist training. The Truth: Boning maintains vertical tension in a corset, otherwise it […]

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Each year, the modern crop of corsetieres continues to blaze new trails, revisit forgotten Victorian concepts, and refine their individual signature aesthetics. The increasing sense of community and accessibility of corsetry training via such educational efforts as Foundations Revealed and the Oxford Conference of Corsetry certainly have had a hand in this reinvigoration. Here are my theories for what we have in store for 2015. Waist Training has been steadily […]

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Disclosure: This blog post contains an affiliate link. In online corset communities, there’s a lot of talk about “real” corsets. The current latex shaper craze has definitely exacerbated this. (Spoiler: Those aren’t corsets.) But what is a “real”/”authentic”/”true” corset anyway? I find this sort of denomination to be muddying rather than clarifying, personally. Partially because, while I may not like them, even bad corsets are still corsets. There are also some […]

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This article is intended as a starting point. I am not a doctor and TLA is not a medical blog. This post is not intended in any way to replace a trained healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor if you think medical corsetry may be right for you. The relentless stream of anti-corset propaganda, which often takes place in the form of concern trolling, can be especially frustrating to me […]

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Corsets have an amazing breadth of variety, though I often simplify it for neophytes to the two basic types, overbust and underbust, at least as a starting point. When corset shopping, the range of options and, importantly, the nomenclature around them can be quite daunting.  The following is a simplified and streamlined guide to corset styles for modern corset wearers.  Those interested in learning about historical corsetry in greater detail […]

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I first became aware of hip fins on corsets via Sparklewren, though there are quite a few couture corsets (particularly corset bodies) that feature them. Though “hip fins” has become the commonly accepted name for them, I like to think of them as miniature panniers; they could also be considered a sort of floating gore or a stiffened semi-peplum. This detail generally parallels the iliac crest and emphasizes the dramatized […]

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By: Marianne So you want to wear a corset, and you’re finally ready to buy one. You’ve done a bit of research and heard about the horrors of plastic bones and cheap Chinese knock-offs, about the wonders of coutil and how 100% custom is the only possible way to get a corset that fits you and doesn’t mangle your anatomy, and how they take twenty – no, fifty hours to […]

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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. 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 […]

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