This type of corset is essential in creating the curvy silhouette, typical of the Victorian era. It creates the small waist/rounded hip profile, and forms the basis for all kinds of Victorian attire across the social strata. All our bodices and riding habits are cut to fit the silhouette created by a corseted body.
This particular corset is modernised and suitable for a more active lady - ideal for side saddle, cycling, walking or tennis. The body of the corset is much shorter, enabling the wearer to sit comfortably in a saddle, and the side panels are cut on the bias, adding some stretch for extra comfort. Additionay, the elastic inserts on the hip and under arm allow for a much greater freedom of movement.
Riding corsets were used to create the silhouette and support the back for riding, not for tightlacing. There will be a few inches reduction in the waist, depending on your body type, but comfort and movability were of a higher importance.
These are also great for a modern side saddle rider - to be used with either historical or modern riding habits for both back and bust support as well as a more pronounced waist and smoother silhouette
Please note,they are not not tight lacing corsets- they provide light support and shaping and will not withstand the tension of tightlacing. They should lace comfortably and easily- if you really struggle to lace yours, you should really get a size up!
*high quality purple and black brocaded coutil with rose pattern
*boned with a mix of flat (back panel) and spring steel bones
*back lacing eyelets with washers
* bones flossed
*edges bound in cotton bias tape
*interior channels with cotton tape
Measurements - the corset closes at:
bust - 37.5"
Waist - 31"
High hip - 37.5"
Side length ( waist to armpit) - 6.5"
Would best suit a size 14-16 (natural waist 34-36", bust 40-42, hip 40-42) here worn on a model size 12 ( with 34F bra size) - a bit too big!
All our Victorian corsets have the standard 2 inches waist reduction built in – the reduction will vary from person to person depending on the lady’s built and body type. Please measure carefully – your actual waist measurement should be at least 2 inches more than the measurement of the corset. The corset can be worn closed competely, or with a gap up to 2inches.
The corsets should not be worn on naked skin - please wear them on a vest, chemisette or a blouse - or fitted tee shirt.
If you are interested with a corset with more or less reduction, please contact us asking for a bespoke order – more information on ordering in the Bespoke section.
Please note that wearing an incorrect size or incorrect use of a corset might result in health issues. Corsets can be beneficial in certain conditions - but detrimental in others, so if you have a back/ spine/rib condition please check with your doctor prior to purchasing one. A well fitted corset should feel like a hug and should not cause any discomfort.
If you need a corset to help with any issues, please consult and order bespoke with a profesional medical corsetiere who would be able to design the amount of support suitable to your needs.
It is recommended that only ladies over 18 years old wear and buy corsets.
Prior Attire will not be liable for any medical issues caused by incorrect fit or incorrect/prolonged wearing etc of our corsets.