How to Measure Corset Size


Aside from its inherent romance and vintage appeal, a corset also trims your figure, lifts your bust and improves your posture. Your waist measurement is the most important number when measuring for a corset, but taking other measurements, including your bust and hip size, will help ensure a perfect fit. A well-fitting corset can reduce your waist by about 4 inches. And while it may not be the comfiest garment you've ever worn, it shouldn't pinch your skin or hinder your movement and breathing.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil or pen
  • Paper

Step 1

Stand up straight while wearing thin, snug clothing and an unlined bra. Avoid any bulky clothing, which will add inches to your measurements.

Step 2

Hold the tape measure at the smallest part of your waist. Wrap the tape around your waist while keeping it parallel with the floor. Keep the tape snug but don't hold in your stomach. Record this measurement.

Step 3

Wrap the tape around the fullest part of your bust. Keep the tape parallel with the floor, but unlike your waist measurement, the tape should be slightly loose. Record this measurement.

Step 4

Hold the tape snugly just under your bust line, on your ribcage, to measure your underbust. Some corsets are designed to fit under the bust rather than over it.

Step 5

Measure your hips by wrapping the tape at the fullest area around your bottom. Hold the tape snugly for this measurement.

Step 6

Subtract 4 inches from your waist measurement. Take off 5 inches if your measurement is an odd number, since most corsets come in even sizes. If your waist is 38 inches or more, subtract 6 to 7 inches.

Step 7

Use your waist measurement, minus 4 to 7 inches, to find your corset size. Check the bust, underbust and hip measurements of these corset sizes, if they are available. When in doubt or if you are in between sizes, size down.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Check the return policy of your corset seller before you purchase, in case your corset needs to be slightly smaller or larger than what you purchase.
  • Never cinch your corset so tightly that it causes discomfort.


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