Q.1. Do you serve men?
A. With pleasure, as with any serious
Over 60% of our business orders are placed by men. You
may view below, and to the right a man's stays by world-famous
corsetiere from our team, Mr. Michael Garrod, several styles
for men, and several of our repeat male clients below.
From experience we know the special measurement and fit
issues for the male body. However, ROMANTASY is not a
place to merely discuss fantasy or fetish corseting or
cross-dressing since our goal is to purvey superb
quality corsetry to both men and women.
Q.2. What is a "man's" corset or a "man's" stay?
A. As with many other terms in common use in the corset
world, there is no single rigid or technical definition,
no matter what is currently being advertised as a "man's
corset" on any other website you may have visited.
What we note is that most "manly men" prefer the
following options in their corset design, and some prefer
use of the historical term "man's stays" to distinguish
their garment from that worn by women:
silhouette that is U-shaped or straight rib-shaped
in an underbust stay
(rather than a dramatic wasp or hourglass
silhouette, or an overbust style),
(2) more functional fabrics (such as cotton which is
possibly hand-washable with proper approach and care)
and neutral colors or patterns (such as black, ivory, or
beige cotton, or paisley and geometric patterns),
(3) a straighter top and bottom edge shape in both front
and back (rather than points in the center front),
(4) a shorter "cincher" style corset or stay whose upper edge
falls below the man's wide rib cage (rather than coming
up fully on the chest or upper torso to where a lady's
bra underwire would sit), and
(5) a man's stay in disguise as a business vest which we call
We do not necessarily concur
with some corset makers who advise men to order
shorter "cincher" style corsets, since these seem
to permit a protruding rib cage to pop even more
noticeably outward. However, if this is the image you
desire when corseted, then by all means request the
silhouette, shape, and height of custom corset that
suits your individual needs and preferences.
Transwomen (MTFs) usually, but not always of
course, prefer quite the opposite to the typical
"man's corset," that is, one or all of the following:
the hourglass silhouette when seen face-forward, and
possibly the straight-rib silhouette to bring in the
upper rib cage and make is less noticeable, more elegant
and glamorous fabrics and designs including lace ruffles
and braid trims, full underbust Victorians (high hips
on the side which maximizes the derriere, rather than
the long line Edwardian which minimizes the derriere),
and even overbust styles into which they can insert
silicon enhancements as our moderately-endowed ladies
Q.3. I want to purchase a custom mens' underbust
stay or your CorVest, but my wife might think that the
expenditure is unwarranted. What do you think?
A. If you do not intend to wear the garment,
or wear it
only once or twice, considering a modest budget, then any
investment might be senseless.
However, if you intend to
wear it for many years to come, and desire some or substantial
torso or rib control, then our superb quality
and styling of an underbust style men's stays
would certainly be worth the investment. That
is a decision you will need to make.
Men's stays start at $155 (single layer under chest styling)
up to $500 or more for the handsome men's
a unique, custom-made,
steel-boned garment (but not one for tight-lacing or
waist reduction beyond 2-3" when laced closed in back).