Is it a corset or is it a bustier? This is a question we often get asked, and sometimes it is hard even for us to differentiate the two. The trend we have noticed is that retailers seem to use these terms so interchangeably now that it has made consumers confused and some do not even know that the two are different things. Today, we are here to set the record straight once in for all and clarify what exactly makes a corset and what makes a bustier. They may look very similar but both serve different purposes and their constructions have very different standards.
GOAL: Provide support and reduce the waistline
∙ Uses strong boning materials such as steel.
∙ Usually provides a lace up back which allows wearers to adjust their corset.
∙ Some have a busk on the front to allow for easy removal.
∙ Corsets need to be more sturdy and provide more support hence they are usually made of heavy duty fabric or many layers combined.
GOAL: Lift and support the bust
∙ Boning is typically flexible plastic with stretch panels.
∙ There are usually no laces but instead there are hook and eye closures in the front or the back.
∙ Bustiers are usually made with lightweight flexible fabric because it does not need to withhold the pressure from being tightened.
Between the two, corsets are more for structure and support while bustiers allow for more movement and comfort. Corsets have been around for decades, and were traditionally used as a day to day undergarment to provide woman of the past an hourglass figure. Nowadays, both corsets and bustiers have become incorporated into mainstream fashion and some are made to be worn out in public as a top. However, even then they are both very different types of garments and should not be confused with one another.
We hoped this guide has helped some of you gain a better understanding of what are the significant differences between a corset and bustier. Do not confuse the two and next time you are out shopping perhaps you can be the better judge of whether or not a retailer is using their terms correctly!