(Closed) Corset back – does it ALWAYS give you an hourglass shape?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Does the corset back always give you an hourglass shape?
    Yes, on any dress : (28 votes)
    54 %
    No, only on certain dresses : (24 votes)
    46 %
  • Post # 3
    827 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I would think that even a dress that was converted from zipper to corset back should give you the same hourglass figure. If you are looking particularly for lace dresses with corset backs, you can definitely find them. My dress was Maggie Sottero’s Karena Royale and it was lace and corset back.

    Post # 5
    6892 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I would say that, in general, yes. But I have no actual facts to back this up.

    Post # 6
    127 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I think it should (bestow magical hourglass figure) because the way a corset back is designed, the fabric on the back doesn’t meet and it’s joined together by the lacing, which you can tighten at will thus producing a curvier shape.

    Does that make sense? I’m a little loopy right now, lack of food πŸ˜›

    So yes, I would think that if a seamstress can manage to change a zip-up to a lace-up properly, you would then end up with the said waist πŸ˜€

    Post # 7
    774 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    If you have a ruler type body, then yes. Even add something around the waist.

    Post # 8
    1433 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

    I think corset dresses sometimes are designed with more boning and structure than a zipper dress, which often can be more sheath like especially if it’s a lace dress. 

    I would recommend looking for a corset dress, or a highly structured and boned zipper dress you could alter.

    Post # 9
    1083 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I just recently purchased my dress. . . I tried on about 8 different ones before finding “the one”. I, too, am a ruler! I noticed a BIG difference in corset backs vs. zipper backs. I’m sure if a dress were converted to a corset back, it would definitely give you the shape you’re looking for. My dress has a corset back =) here’s the back:

    Post # 10
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    There are zipper dresses which have interior corsets. Thats how my dress (La Sposa Fanal) is. So I get the small waist from the corset but still have a zipper back (and buttons too).

    I beleive that most La Sposa/Pronovias/San Patrick dresses have an inner corset. All of the La Sposa ones I tried on had one, but I don’t think I tried any lace dresses on. I know they have them though. Just make sure the dress you are trying on has boning and a strong enough fabric to give you the shape you want.

    Post # 11
    815 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I was about to post then the person above me said the same thing;  So I will just support them ;-).  Yes, it should work but only if it’s a dress that has the structure to handle it.  Boning, thick fabric or lining, etc.  The dress shop or seamstress should be able to tell you if it will work with the dress you choose. 

    I’m having the same thing done.  I love the corseted look too.  I tried on a few dresses from the same designers with & without the corset, and it always looked better with. My dress has the built in corset, but I bought it as a sample and it’s a little big.  The built in corset is also really hot & I’m doing an outdoor summer wedding so I don’t want the extra material in there.  They were able to pull the dress back for me and give me an idea of what it will look like.  The dress seamed to be able to handle it. 

    Good luck!

    Post # 12
    1041 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Yes, it does as long as your dress is the right size.  Too big and there’s no room to pull in.  Too small and it pulls out too much and bulges.

    Post # 15
    5009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Honestly, it depends on your figure. An internal or external corset will take something off, but the quality varies wildly and if you naturally go out at the waist (apple shape) then it won’t necessarily give you an hourglass shape.

    Post # 16
    1729 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    corsets in general give you a better shape because of the structure..even girdles help a lot…i used to work in bridal and that was always a given..also i wear corsets on the weekends for my part time job..and i def have more of a waist/curves then when i dont wear it or wear my zippered shirts.

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