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When YouBeauty introduced you to Sarah Chrisman and her love of Victorian corsets, we were inundated with questions about where you could find one to try. Known as tight lacing corsets, these pieces aren’t the frilly, elasticized slips you see in most lingerie stores today. Tight lacing corsets are functional garments that accentuate the waist and support straight posture (typically with steel bones) while holding up to the everyday rigors of life.

Many corset manufacturers recommend going 4 to 6 inches below your natural waist size, though Chrisman advises that it’s best to go no more than 2 inches smaller to start with, for the safest and most comfortable experience. Remember: You don’t have to feel pinched in order to experience the foundational support and hourglass look that a corset can bring.

And if you’re wondering, Chrisman custom orders her own pieces from C & S Constructions, a bespoke corset maker for experienced tight lacers, located in the United Kingdom. Whether you’d like to try a traditional corset, simply cinch your waist, or stand with the elegant posture of a ballerina, check out our supportive picks.

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