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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Little Red

This year I've been getting back into corsets in a big way! I've loved them for years but have not been able to find the right brand to suit my shape perfectly. However, in the last 6 to 12 months I've found a company that's just right for me and I don't go to a shoot without one of their brilliant corsets hidden under my outfit! Orchard Corset are my go to brand when it comes to creating amazing shape for so many of my outfits and photo shoots and you can find many previous posts here.

For a few months I've been focusing on my favourite under bust, the CS-426, but this time I wanted to try a few different styles to see how they work with my curves and bust line. So armed with a selection of stunning items, a full length cape and a red riding hood theme, we set off into the gardens to create some magic.



Now with my bust to waist ratio I've always found it rather hard to fit perfectly into over bust corsets. So when I saw the CS-511 I wanted to test the shape, length and fit on my curves and with a similar shape to my beloved longline style I knew that the hips and waist would be spot on. So firstly here are the main features:
*24 Flat & Spiral Steel Bones
*Rigid Front Steel Busk Closure
*Average/Long Torso Length
*Waist Tape Reinforcement
*15.5" Front / 16.5" Center Bust/ 13" Back / 14" Side     
*High Strength, High Shine Premium Satin
*Level 3 Silhouette (Extreme Curves)
*High Strength Laces
*5" Back Modesty Panel (Lacing Guard)
*All Metal Grommets
*No Garter Tabs
*Bi-directional Lacing

I'm wearing this style in a size 28 and it fits my waist and hips like all my other corsets from their range. I can lace it up super tightly and create some amazing shapes but my bust is absolutely massive in this over bust area. Now you all know well by now that I adore my cleavage but for comfort I think this style is not suited to my GG chest. 


It's a stunning shape, colour and design but sadly I don't think overbusts are for me. However it worked wonderfully for this shoot and suited the them perfectly. If I choose another overbust down the track I think a deep v style or a 'large bust' specific style might be needed. 

I do adore how bold and regal this style is though and how magical it felt when wearing it for such a themed shoot. My waist is 33 inches and hips are 44 so if you have the same measurements as me you will be fine to reference any of the styles I wear from Orchard Corset. 



Next is the one corset that I've been dying to wear for months!!! When the mesh style under bust popped up in my news feed I was gobsmacked. I've seen latex corsets where the shape of the boning but never had I laid eyes on a mesh corset! The CS-411 is a styling dream for anyone that loves bold colours and mixing textures. The features are : 

*Variable Boning* 16-38 Flat and Spiral Steel Bones
*Rigid Front Steel Busk Closure
*Average Torso Length
*Waist Tape Reinforcement
*10.5" Front / 10.5" Back / 8.5" Side              
*High Strenght Mesh / Cotton Trim
*Level 2/3 Silhouette (Enhanced-Extreme Curves)
*High Strength Laces
*5" Back Modesty Panel (Lacing Guard)
*All Metal Grommets
*No Garter Tabs
*Bi-directional Lacing

The mesh detailing on this style is amazing and can make any plain colour dress or skirt pop like crazy. Red and black have always been my go to colours with most outfits so I'm so happy that this corset exists!! 

As you can see I paired this with the red Masuimi dress from Pinup Girl Clothing and they work perfectly together. I'm wearing the Masuimi in a size Large due to the extreme stretch of the bengaline fabric. But the possibilities are endless! The CS-411 is a shorter style corset and does not require as much curve in the hips so if you're not as hippy as me, it will still suit you. I'm a fan of longer length styles myself but the styling options of this version are so varied that it can work with everything. I love the shorter style corsets with fuller skirts and dresses as the smaller length works better with such items. 


While this style has sold me on all things mesh I'm still eagerly awaiting the CS-426 style in this fabric. After trying 4 different styles from Orchard Corset, I'm 100% sure I'm addicted to the longer length of the 426 and that it needs to be created in every print and colour possible. So please, pretty please can we have some polka dot prints, greens and florals? I can just imagine these style prints with amazing underwear, thigh high stockings and the works! How amazing would that be? 

Many thanks to the amazing Rom Anthonis for working with me on these images and for a lovely afternoon in Canterbury Gardens. This place is magical and I need to spend much more time here over the summer. 




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