Corset: a woman's close-fitting boned supporting undergarment that is often hooked and laced and that extends from above or beneath the bust or from the waist to below the hips and has garters attached. - Definition from Merriam-Webster
I remember reading about corsets in school and seeing them in old time movies. Every time I'd think, "Why would a woman want to torture herself and wear these things?" Then in the last couple of years when I started entering blog giveaways I started seeing corsets everywhere. I thought they must not be as uncomfortable as they used to or these giveaways wouldn't be so popular. So I'd enter, trying to get the Black Satin Under-Bust Corset. Then in July I stumbled upon a request for reviewers and jumped at the chance. Sure enough I was selected!
I looked at the size chart to figure out what they should send me. My waist measurement matched their 7/8X size but according to US Dress size I matched their 5/6X size. I provided my selections and waited for the corset to arrive. I received the Black Burlesque with Red Stripes Corset. Immediately I tried it on over my clothes and found it to be way too big. Benny said that I'd need one about two sizes smaller! But does that mean I should get the 5/6X or drop to the 3/4X? The corsets come with a G-string but I don't like them so I didn't even try it on.
I sent them a message through Tomoson on 8/1 asking what they recommended that I do but received no response whatsoever! The paper enclosed with the corset only said to send it back to them with the new size. No instructions on shipping method and who was supposed to pay for the shipping. I left the package sitting on my desk at work all that week waiting for them to reply.
On 8/12 I sent an email to the contact listed on the paper that was enclosed in the package to see if I'd get a response that way. I went ahead and returned the corset via UPS (using my work's discount made it cheaper than USPS). The contact responded to my email on 8/14 with the same information on the paper (but a different company name). So it looks like I'm going to be out the money for the return shipment.
Tracking information was finally sent to me on 8/27 and the 3/4X arrived 9/3. I immediately tried the corset on and found it to be way too small to zip. So, I must lose a lot of weight between now and Halloween or Benny will have to use the back ties in order for me to wear the corset.
This time when he saw the corset Benny believed it's not appropriate for public viewing, only the bedroom. I tried without success to convince him otherwise but all night he kept saying that he didn't like it. After I showed him photos online similar to what I had in mind he seemed OK with it.
What I've collected so far to wear with the corset
What it looks like put together