Review: Decadent Designs' Lace Neck Corset
Disclosure: I received this item free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.
Decadent Designs is a Toronto based alternative fashion line creating handmade womenswear. Though they aren't a lingerie brand, Decadent Designs does offer several "neck corset" designs which fit well in the lingerie accessories niche. Today I'll be reviewing the Lace Neck Corset, which shares certain similarities with traditional corsetry.
The collar is well proportioned, with pleasing lines and a variety of textures. The bottom edge has a subtle batwing-like shape with inverted scallops connecting the points. Though it's not my typical style, I can see how this piece could translate to boudoir, club, or even eveningwear.
Not only is the "body" of this corset made of lace, but it also has a lace trim along the bottom edge. The main lace is much softer, with a little bit of stretch to it because of its open weave. The scallop edge trim has more of a stiffer, synthetic texture. Top and bottom edges both are bound in a low grade polyester satin, while the center back is wrapped in PVC with delicate eyelets set in it. The grommets lace with satin cord. As you can see, there's a lot of different textures and materials that went into this design!
There are five pieces to this collar - one center front piece, a side front on either side, and paired back panels. These seams are virtually invisible from the outside of the garment. Within the panels are seven spiral steel bones: center front, front princess, back princess (mid panel), and center back. All the bones are in a cotton-y interior casing. The side seam does not have a bone - it's the only visible seam allowance on the whole piece. The seam allowance there is comfortably wide, and finished with an overlock pass that isn't quite flush with the cut edge. The delicate eyelets are the two-part variety, with washers on the back for extra security. I wish the stitching and materials were a shade nicer. There are no raw edges, the grommets and stitching are very straight and even, but something about the finishing techniques and trims (satin binding, satin cord, and poly-lace trim) feels a touch "home made" rather than "handmade" to me.
Fit wise, the curves of the neck corset contour very well around the neckline and shoulders. I found the neck to be a bit tall – which makes sense; it's basically a "posture collar" which forces the neck into an elongated position with the head held high. When first putting it on, I second guessed myself – the laces do go in the back, right? We decided to photograph it both ways. I actually quite like the look of it with the lacing in front, and it was certainly be easier to put on that way! But, lacing in the back is the right way 'round for this style.
The Lace Neck Corset retails for $65 USD. It is handmade in Toronto, CA. Given the different materials and construction steps for this type of garment, I think it's very fairly priced. At this quality, I would peg it as a bit more of a costume or club piece, which I think is fine. Teenage and early-twenties me would have loved to have this type of posture collar in my collection.
What do you think of the Lace Neck Corset? Have you purchased from Decadent Designs before?
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