Corsets have been around for hundreds of years and despite women’s lingerie and foundation garments changing hugely in that time, corsets still remain on the fringes. In the last year or two there’s been a influx of the awful ‘waist-trainers’ which boast permanent waist reduction but in reality, if you are wanting to significantly change your shape temporarily, a true steel boned corset is the way to go.
Some will say that ‘waist-training’ with a corset (where the corset is worn for 20+ hours a day) can actually reduce your waist permanently. Some will say it’s a myth so the jury’s out! All I know, is that if I’m wanting to enhance my shape and create a extreme curve, I’ll reach for a corset.
I’m definitely more of a recreational wearer as it’s only a few times a year for a photoshoot that I will don a corset. But I love the structured, vintage silhouette that it provides and sometimes think it would fun to wear them more.
What Katie Did have always had such a fantastic range of steel boned corsets. The Morticia Corset was actually my first ever ‘real’ corset that I bought (as in not a cheap eBay knock-off) and I loved it! However, I unfortunately bought a size bigger than what I should have so once it was seasoned and worn in, it didn’t quite give the reduction I was looking for.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the What Katie Did London Boutique and having a corset fitting with shop manager Rachel. She seriously knows her stuff and I felt completely confident in her finding me the right shape corset. I wasn’t dead-set on getting another (properly fitting) Morticia but it ended up going that way as it definitely was the best fit for my shape.
I’m a 27-28″ waist and the general rule of thumb with corsets is to buy one that’s around 6″ smaller than your natural waist. Some people will be able to cinch tighter than others depending on how squishy you are and since I’m lacking in pretty much any ab strength, I have no trouble lacing up quite tight. I’m wearing a size 22″ which isn’t quite closed at the back but it’s cinched as tight as I could get it – lacing yourself up is tough work!
The benefit of the Morticia Corset is that it has a great curve to the hips already so it’s perfect for ladies like me with a big difference between their waist and hips. The other thing that made the Morticia the best fit for me was the slight ‘V’ shape at bottom – I also tried on the Elsa which is very similar but much more straight across and Rachel and I both agreed that it didn’t quite suit me the same as the Morticia did.
Having only ever had black corsets in the past, I liked the idea of going for the cream instead for a more ‘foundation’ look over ‘lingerie’ if that makes sense. Paired with the Morticia is the Harlow Glamour Nouveau Bra (one of my all-time favourites!), Harlow Nouveau Knickers and Harlow Nouveau Suspender Belt. The Morticia does come with detachable suspender straps if you’d prefer to wear them instead of a separate suspender belt.
I don’t think I’ll ever be someone who wears a corset daily but I do love having a well-fitting one in my wardrobe for special occasions. Since What Katie Did offer such a great selection of different shapes, there’s something there to suit all body types and if you are unsure of what would work best for you then contact customer service.
The Morticia Corset is £169.50 and is made from high quality satin with cotton twill lining and 18 steel bones. There’s 11 different colour options to choose from and sizes go from 18″ to 34″.
Thank you so much to Ever Photography for another beautiful set of photos from our shoot at Fontaines! Check out my Behind The Scenes video on YouTube and if you are wanting to read up on more reviews of vintage lingerie and shapewear then click here.
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Disclaimer: Whilst these items were gifted to me by What Katie Did, I never accept anything I do not truly love and all opinions expressed are honest and my own. The integrity and honesty of my blog is very important to me as are my readers.
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