The way your torso silhouette looks from a front
or a side view when you wear a corset
can vary greatly depending on:
The corset style,
the nature of patterning and components, and
your own torso plasticity.
The corset silhouette is not synonomous with
style. One style corset can create a variety of
You will pictured below various corset
different clients. However, the collage of four
silhouettes is shown one one person, ROMANTASY's owner Ann.
how different and distinct Ann's torso looks in the
four distinct silhouettes.
FRONT VIEW SILHOUETTES
Pictured to the right
are the basic five front-view silhouettes:
1. The hourglass (the most popular and
natural body shape-conforming).
2. The wasp (most comfortable, since
breathing is restricted
ice cream cone (also called "the V shape" or the
"straight rib" shape which is the most demanding to wear
since the ribs are gently compressed).
4. The U-shape (best for shorter
cincher corsets, rather than for long line corsets which
might press down on the anterior femoral nerve and
encourage leg numbness). See image of a male torso below, pictured left on a
and also a female torso in corsets creating both
silhouettes. Which silhouette creates the most pleasing
or most feminine shape?
5. The stem (the most demanding style suitable for advanced corset
wearers since it presses up on the floating ribs
and down on the pelvic bone and takes much longer to become
Pictured to the left are the two basic side-view
1. Curved front.This silhouette was favored
by the Victorians (to 1900). The standard spring-steel
busk tends to create this more flexible silhouette.
2. Flat front. This silhouette was favored by
the Edwardians (about 1900-1910). The extra-wide stainless
steel wedge, regular, or spoon busk tends to create
this less flexible silhouette.
Basic Figure Silhouettes
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