(Closed) Any experience using a corset for a dress that’s too small?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Corsets could work, or a good body shaper. The only problem I’ve seen with them is if if its tight around the hip and shoulder area, it can cause mad back clevage and muffin top (yes it can show in dresses!!)

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It depends on how your body deals with lacing, and on the shape and boning of the corset itself.

If you want waist reduction, you’ll need a lot of steel bones. And time to practice lacing. In other words, don’t go custom; they’ll take too long. You’ll want to order a corset 4-6″ smaller than their natural waist, or thereabouts. Get them used to wearing them for long periods, too. It may seem easy at first, but after a few hours if you’re not practiced, you’ll want to take it off and never wear one again. Of course, with tightlacing you can reduce the waist but I know a lot of people aren’t into that.

Which areas are the tightest? Will it need to reduce the bust as well? If not, an underbust is perfect (and my personal favourite) but if you need to reduce the bust, you’ll need an overbust. Take care with the neckline of the dress and the corset; the corset WILL push them up considerably so you may want to consider having them wear a bandeau under the dress to avoid looking smutty.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

The one issue with them (like a PP said) is the muffin top/bottom… I would try Spanx first — I’ve read testimonies on here of brides who had Spanx make a 2-3″ difference… Try it for sure – definitely cheaper than a corset!

Post # 7
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Helper bee

If the problem is really around the rib cage and not the lower torso, I can’t imagine a corset would help — you can’t push in bone 🙂  Is it possible the dresses were manufactured incorrectly?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@animiramu:  Wow! That’s a frustrating dilemma!

Post # 10
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Helper bee

@animiramu:  Ah, I looked it up and see what you mean.  It sounds really uncomfortable, though!  At the very least, they would have to make sure they get good corsets that are properly fitted, and that might be expensive.  Can you get the store to believe that the dresses were manufactured incorrectly and get your money back?

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