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FIGURE SILHOUETTES
[Updated 3/23/15]

INTRODUCTION

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,
  • who made the corset,
  • the nature of patterning and components, and
  • your own torso plasticity.

The corset silhouette is not synonomous with the corset style. One style corset can create a variety of figure silhouettes!

You will pictured below various corset silhouettes shown on different clients. However, the collage of four silhouettes is shown one one person, ROMANTASY's owner Ann. Note 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 least).
3. The 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 comfortable).


SIDE-VIEW SILHOUETTES

Pictured to the left are the two basic side-view silhouettes:

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.

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