Any time you’re purchasing a support garment, from a bra, to a girdle, to a corset, you want to make sure you know your size, and this means taking measurements. Not only that, but you need to take your measurements properly, whether your body is trim and athletic or you’ve got curves for days.
Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of guidelines available to help fuller-figured women navigate all of their curves. What if your luscious proportions make it tough to find a natural waist? What if your measuring tape slips and slides while you’re trying to take accurate measurements?
Don’t get frustrated, ladies! You aren’t the only one struggling to get your measuring tape to cooperate, and if you don’t have a friend to lend an extra pair of hands to the operation, there are tips and tricks to ensure you take perfect measurements. Here are a few hints on how to measure for a plus size corset.
First of all, you do not need this measurement if you plan to order an underbust corset. It is imperative if you want an overbust corset, though. If you’re measuring anyway, you should jot down your bust measurement, just for the sake of keeping your options open.
To measure your bust, simply wrap the tape around the widest part of your bust (generally right at the nipple), making sure the tape doesn’t slip down in the back. Use a mirror to ensure the tape is level all around for an accurate measurement. Pull it snug, but not tight.
This measurement encompasses your ribcage just below the bust, and for ladies with ample assets, it can be a tough one. You may need to lift your bosom to place the measuring tape underneath, which is where a helper comes in handy (to measure, not support your bosom, although assigning roles is really up to you!). If you don’t have help, wearing a supportive bra could do the trick, so long as you make sure to measure under the bra band.
You’ve probably been told your natural waist is the smallest part of your torso, but for full-figured women, this isn’t always the case. How, then, do you measure? Try hinging at the waist, first to one side and then the other in front of a mirror. The area where your waist pinches in below the bust is where you’ll want to measure for your natural waist.
You’re probably familiar with hip measurements for pants, which fall at the widest part of your hip. However, this isn’t where your corset will rest, so you actually need to measure the upper hip. Uh, what?
To find the right area to measure, try feeling for the top of hip bone on either side (the area known as the iliac crest). Or simply raise your knee while standing until your thigh is parallel to the floor, or alternately, hinge forward at the hip, and set your measuring tape at the bend on your hip.
This measurement extends from the underbust to the upper hip. It’s important to get a straight line, which could be problematic if you have some extra baggage in the belly area. Again, an extra set of hands can help here, but if you’re flying solo, simply look in the mirror, pull the measuring tape taut, and try to get a straight line from underbust to upper hip level. Voila! You’re ready to order the perfect plus size corset.