Underbust VS Overbust Corset

August 2, 2022

If you want to wear a corset every day, you might choose to start with an underbust corset rather than an overbust, as I have briefly explained in the past. However, up until now, I have not given this a full movie or gone into great length. I will discuss why it is normally preferable for a novice to start with an underbust corset rather than an overbust in this article; but, if you are curious in the potential advantages of overbust corsets, scroll down for the Overbust “Pros”. You may read the article Meet Costumes to get the same information. In particular if they intend to waist train, beginners may prefer to start off using underbust corsets rather than overbusts for the following few reasons:

Overbust: Limited Mobility

In contrast to underbusts and cinchers, which only wrap around the lower ribs, overbust corsets are longer and rise higher on the torso. Overbusts also frequently wrap around the back as high as the wingbones (or higher!). Because of this, overbust corsets restrict your movement and offer a narrower range of motion than shorter underbusts. In order to move “naturally” while wearing an overbust, you may not be able to reach as far or bend over as much as you typically would. An underbust or cincher can fit you better if you need to be mobile for your job or if it is something that matters to you. Be aware, nevertheless, that those with mobility problems who have an overbust may actually prefer it since it may limit the likelihood of injuries caused by overextension or flexibility.

Overbust: Reduced Full Lung Capacity 

Obviously, a corset’s construction is different from a bra’s. The band of the majority of bras out there is somewhat elastic and moves up and down with each breath you take. Because a corset should not have any flexibility, its diameter around your ribcage is essentially fixed read more.

Consider a hypothetical girl with a chest that measures 35 inches when she inhales fully and 32 inches when she totally exhales. She could wish to bind the corset to a breast measurement of 33 to 34 inches. This provides adequate support for the breasts while also allowing you to breathe normally and comfortably (tidally). But she could experience some resistance from the corset each time she takes a deep breath and attempts to employ her absolute, complete lung capacity. And every time she fully exhales, her ribcage can seem a little slack, giving her the impression that she is not being supported (although she most likely still is). Consequently, you might feel more at ease using an underbust corset that stops lower on the ribcage if you have breathing problems or work in an environment where you need to use all of your lung capacity.

Overbust: More Prominent Under Clothes

An underbust corset could seem more natural if you want to “stealth” your corset beneath your shirts (wear your corsets below your apparel). As previously indicated, overbust corsets support the breasts differently than modern bras do. The majority of overbust corsets lack the separate cups found in bras (although I do have a gallery for cupped overbusts here). The great majority of traditional (non-cupped) overbust corsets, however, do not provide the same bust form beneath garments, and they are frequently pricey. An overbust corset could flatten the bust form a little bit more and not provide the distinct underwire region where you can see where the ribs and breasts separate. Wearing an overbust corset under a tight or form-fitting shirt can sometimes make it seem obvious that something is different about you because it may lift the breasts higher than bras or otherwise make the top half of the breast look fuller. Because of this, overbusts can create more cleavage than bras in some people. If this type of attention makes you feel uncomfortable, to create a somewhat less obvious silhouette underneath your clothing, you could only want to wear an underbust corset with one of your standard bras get more.

Overbust: Harder To Fit Correctly

Compared to overbust corsets, underbust corsets are simpler to fit a variety of body types. Consider how many different bra brands and designs there are, and how many women still need to get their bras custom-fitted in order to obtain the support, form, and comfort they want. Consider how few standard size overbusts are available; they are significantly more scarce and only suit a much narrower range of wearers’ bust sizes. You can very well forget about finding a normal sized overbust that will fit your curves if the circumference of your bust is more than 10 inches larger than the size of your corseted waist (for example, 34′′ bust and 24′′ corseted waist). Going semi-custom or fully-custom and preferably getting professionally fitted with one or more mockups to ensure that the bust fits properly are the only ways to guarantee the greatest fit for overbusts. When fitting the breast, there are many things to think about! The cloth must come up high enough to cover as much of the wearer’s chest as desired, and the bust must be elevated high enough for the wearer’s comfort. It must be the right size — not too big, nor too little. No spills should occur at the armpits, over the back, out of the cup, etc. Even I had pretty costly bespoke overbust corsets that ultimately didn’t fit me well since I didn’t obtain a prototype, fitting an overbust can be really difficult.

Overbust: More Expensive

Underbust corsets will be significantly more reasonable for you if your budget forbids you from purchasing anything but standard-sized corsets and you do not have what the fashion industry considers to be a “moderate” or “standard” bust size. Overbust corsets simply cost more than underbust corsets even in ordinary sizes since they require more fabric, employ longer busks and longer bones, The bust’s curvature, for example, requires extra time to stitch over. So, unless you are determined to saving up for a properly-fitted overbust corset, or unless you can somehow be paid for an overbust by your insurance company, then perhaps an underbust corset would be better for your pocketbook.

It may sound at this point as though I detest overbust corsets or that it’s challenging to find anything positive about them, but this is untrue! The following are some highly admirable aspects of well-fitting overbust corsets that we will now explore.

Overbust: Better Posture Support

In the end, overbust corsets may be superior to underbust corsets in terms of posture. As previously established, overbusts rise higher on the ribcage and frequently reach the rear shoulder blades. This implies that wearing an overbust corset makes it practically hard to hunch your shoulders and lean over. Corsets with short underbusts can support your lower back, but I’ve seen people wearing them who still slouch over or round their shoulders. The likelihood of forward-rolled, rounded shoulders can be significantly reduced if a corset is worn higher, midway up the thoracic vertebrae or higher.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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