"You said it was a steel boned corset, but no steel bone could be this flexible!"
Yes, yes it can.
Flat steel bones (generally used for the front busk closure, as well as for the very last bones at the back panels of the corset) are rigid indeed. But spiral steel bones are flexible. And, for good reason! The flexibility provided by spiral steel bones (throughout the paneling of the corset) allows the corset to mold to your natural curves and further/better accentuate them; something that cannot be achieved so easily with a corset made up of entirely flat steel bones.
Best way to tell if you've got a steel boned corset? The magnet test:
Virtually any magnet should do the trick (most all of us have got a refrigerator magnet, right?). Simply take your magnet and place it against the bone in question and...
Did the magnet attract the bone? Voila! A steel boned corset you do indeed posses.
Did it not? Then perhaps you should consider contacting whomever it is that you bought it from and let them know they didn't successfully pull the wool over your eyes ;)
Stay laced, corset lovers! x
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