1. Measure the narrowest part of your waist in inches & the fullest part of your bust
We all know that in order to determine which size corset is best for you, you need to first figure out the measure of your waist in inches, right? Well, if you are concerned about the corset fitting your bust, then it is a good idea to take note of the measure of the fullest part of your bust in inches as well. You can print out a free measuring tape here.
Is the measure of your bust 12" greater than your waist? For example, if your waist measures 32", is your bust over 44"? If so, then an OTR corset is probably not your best bet: skip straight to point 4.
If your bust is at or less than 12" greater than your waist measure, then an OTR overbust will fit you just fine. At most, you may need to leave the laces a tad looser toward your top half, but nothing that would leave the modesty panel unable to cover your back.
The only situation in which this will not apply is if you have had your chest augmented. If you have had breast augmentation, it is important to consider that an augmented breast is much more firm and dense than a natural breast. Because of this additional firmness and density, if you have had your breasts augmented, then you may want to skip straight to point 4 if your breasts are greater than 6" in measure than your waist.
2. Be sure to select a steel boned corset, or waist trainer
Fashion corsets are lovely. Frequently decorated with loads of pretty trim and details, but what defines a fashion corset is that it is made from acrylic bones and not steel bones. As such, a fashion corset cannot nip your waist in the way a steel boned corset can, nor will it give you much (if any) support to your bust, especially if you happen to be top heavy.
Stick to either a steel boned corset or a waist trainer. Though most aren't designed with a bonnet or cup the way a bra is, their design does feature a bit of a "pocket" for the bust, through which there is a spiral steel bone, which will give your ladies a good bit of lift and support.
3. A waist trainer may be your best option
Better yet for those with a fuller chest might be a waist trainer. Due to the waist trainer's additional boning, it can nip the waist in by 6" to 7" vs. a steel boned corset, which can only provide a nip of 4" to 5". Because the waist trainer is designed to offer more of a cinch, this feature is factored in to the overall design, leaving it with a greater bust to waist, and waist to hip ratio. Also, recall the bust "pocket" mentioned in point 2? Well, in a waist trainer, there will be 2 spiral steel bones curving over each breast rather than just the one spiral steel bone in a steel boned corset. The double boning will give extra support to your chest.
4. Still no luck? Consider going custom
Alas, what with all of the tips provided throughout points 1 to 3, there are still situations where an OTR overbust corset will not be able to accommodate your curves. In this case, I recommend going for a custom made corset. There are several excellent custom corsetières out there who will pay attention to your specific measures, your tastes and preferences. Yes, it will set you back a good deal more in terms of price, but I firmly believe that it can be well worth the investment.
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