OMG, LADIES!! I just HAD to tell you all about the amazing corset I just bought. The lovely Ms. Doris Mayday told me that she has been purchasing her corsets from Bad Attitude Boutique in Las Vegas, Nevada since she was a teenager. I honestly knew absolutely nothing about corsets but I knew she would have the scoop because I have seen her amazing photos, as we all have. So, naturally, I trusted that she would have the best insight on the topic.
I went with the “Empress Corset: Solid Silk;” It is their top selling cincher. I also saw Doris wearing it in the photo she posted of herself and Micheline on FB for their Halloween event at the boutique. (I put their picture here, so you can see which corset I’m referring to.) I have to say that the craftsmanship is impeccable; it is so sturdy, perfect for all body types, and wonderful for women with hips. Their website states, “this corset is best suited for but not limited to longer torso's (5'5" and taller) and great for those with soft tummy concerns.” I have a long torso and am 5’5, so I was able to make the height minimum. The front conforms easily for me to sit. Additionally, as I have mentioned before on the lack of boobage I have, I can proudly say that this corset lifts and accents SO well, which, as a result, makes them look big and perky! HAHA! The price ranges from $199-$229 depending on the size you order. But there are a variety of corsets and other items to choose from. And let me tell you, it is worth every penny! And if you take care of them the way they suggest, they will last for a very, very long time. You can find them at: www.badattitude.com
Just a quick tip: make sure to order at least 4 inches smaller than you actual waist size. I remember I told Doris that I was giddy about ordering my corset, and that I am such a girl! HAHA! BUT! I jumped the gun and ordered by my actual waist size. Silly me. It’s SO like me to do that when I’m excited about something! HAHA! So, the good thing about my mess up is that I have firsthand experience with BAB’s customer service! And let me tell you, they are SO sweet! I explained my error, and there was no problem sending it back to get the proper size. GO ME! rolling my eyes at myself>> I learned thereafter from the helpful Georgina Horne, that you are supposed to get it smaller that your actual waist measurement. I just love her blog! For more tips, check out her blog. It is SO informative. http://fullerfigurefullerbust.com/category/corsets-basques-shapewear/
I just LOVE that I can be the girly girl that I am with the help of such awesome ladies!! MUAH! <3
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This is me in my red Erin with the corset underneath. I read somewhere that it was wise to ease myself into the amount of cinching I do to get adjusted to the tightness of the corset. But, I think it gives an awesome shape so far, even with it being my first afternoon wearing it. I'm going to wear my corset this weekend, and do a follow up here in this blog to tell you how it goes.
I also thought it would be helpful for a close up, in case anyone was curious. This is a 30" corset that accommodates my 34" waist. It goes underneath the bust at the top and hugs at the hips on the bottom. To prevent buldges, you have to tighten it as much as you can for it to be flush with your hips.
One other thing I thought to mention, as the lovely Lura Longmire and I spoke about last night, is that the corset actually assists with proper back posture and combats back pain. Believe it or not, but almost three years ago I couldn't walk. I had to get back surgery. And, even though, like I said, I've worn it for one afternoon, I have experienced no back pain while I wore this corset. There is not a day that goes by that I don't live without the pain. So, having this corset is something extra special for me, too.
Q and A:
Jessica: Do you just tuck the laces in?? Also, I'm using a 40 dollar shapewear, but you can still see the fasteners (slightly)...Is there a shapewear that will make them less visible if I'm wearing a dress??
Doris: I usually just wrap them around me and tuck them into themselves. I always wear high wasited super power spanx and they usually do the trick for hiding, or even a full body shapewear. but some fabrics will always be difficult.
Summary: So, basically, you'll put the corset on first and then put the shapewear or spanx on over the corset to hide the fasteners. My less expensive shapewear does the trick with hiding the fasteners with your everyday clothing (t-shirts, sweaters, etc), but not completely when wearing the Erin or other tighter dresses. However, the heavier Spanx I'm positive will completely hide the fasteners since they are made of the thicker/heavier material.
UPDATE: I was felt up by two women who were curious about my waist...I THINK! HAHA! My dad said, "What did you do to youself, mija?!" my mom said, "WOAH!" ...People stared... Also, my older middle sister dissed me and said I was too fat for my jeans and I have a flat butt. LOL! (which I am not, and I don't) So, those are the mixed reactions I got this past weekend. I came from the corset wearing experience definitely feeling like a girl. <3