This post was sponsored by Orchard Corset. All opinions are my own.
Hello again, readers! (And welcome back to the blog!) I know, I know. There has been a lot of static and radio silence from my corner of the internet as of late, and I certainly owe you all a big apology. You see, things have been hectic in Warning: Curves Ahead Land. I’ve been hustling at my day job, working 50-60 hour weeks, and barely maintaining any sort of social life, which put blogging on the back-burner. But as I enter into my 27th year (🎼Happy Birthday to me!), I’m excited to push the things I love to the forefront of my life: one of which being this sorely neglected space! Now, with pleasantries and reintroductions out of the way, shall we move on to the fun part? 😉
BAM. Four score and ages ago, I connected with known corset retailer Orchard Corset, who graciously offered me a piece from their collection for review. I, as a novice corset wearer, was thrilled and jumped at the opportunity. I measured myself according to Orchard’s guidelines, sent in my heart’s desires, and waited patiently for my goodies to arrive. Just two days later, I had a prettily wrapped parcel on my doorstep, and I set to work seasoning my corsets.
For those of you who are like me and seldom dabble in corsetry, the process of “seasoning” is the process of breaking in your new lingerie. It is important to break in your corset over time to avoid injury and allow the piece to mold to your body’s natural curves. For me, seasoning meant wearing my new corset for a few hours each day. I cooked, cleaned, lounged around my apartment in my new pieces, all while gradually tightening the laces. I was comfortable at all times, never felt restricted, and was able to breathe normally.
Here’s the part where I let you all know that for me, corsetry is casual. I am a novice, at best, and wear my corsets very casually and infrequently. I use them to achieve a “look”, I adore them, but I am NO expert, and will link to other, more educated voices at the end of this post so that you may learn more from seasoned professionals. 😉
This post is specifically geared to those of you who, like me, view corsetry as something you’d like to dabble in casually!
First up: the Orchard Corset 426 in Mesh: size 28.
Out of the two pieces I was sent, this beauty is my clear favorite. My waist at the time of this review was a loose 32″, tight 30″ (hello, squishy middle.) The lovelies at Orchard recommended a size 28″ for casual lacing and to help me achieve the hourglass silhouette I was going for! I chose the mesh for it’s beautiful breathability and unique aesthetic.
Though it feels that summer may never come again, when the weather warms up once more I will be thrilled to have this lighter weight piece in my pinup arsenal!
When fully laced, this piece does not fully close around my waist, but nips it in wonderfully and hugs my curves in all the right places. I’m comfortably snug, but not restricted. I took this beauty out on New Years Eve and spent an evening drinking and dancing without discomfort. The mesh was as light and breathable as I had hoped it would be, and I was surprised at how easy this piece was to wear!
The second piece I was generously gifted was a little smaller, and slightly different: the Orchard Corset 426 in Black Satin, size 26.
Being a full two inches smaller then my mesh piece, this corset cinches in my waist far more dramatically, and is less comfortable. As with the mesh, this corset doesn’t fully close, but unlike the 28, the modesty panel of this piece gaps at the back, leaving my skin exposed. I chalk this up to a sizing issue. Simply put, I don’t think that a size 26″ is appropriate for me at my current measurements. Aesthetically speaking, I adore the smooth satin and buttery feel of this material! It is more firm then it’s mesh counterpart, and warmer when worn under clothing. This piece is beautifully made and certainly photographs well. I definitely view it as a size to work up to!
As a fan of lingerie in general, I am a longtime admirer of the art of corsetry. These beautiful pieces have a long historical background, as well as the opportunity for their makers to express a unique art form. Bespoke corsetry seems to be showing up more and more in the mainstream, and I love to see designers taking strides and risks when creating these pieces. For wearers like me and beyond, Orchard Corset ticks a ton of boxes. They offer fantastic prices, quality product, and quick shipping within the US. Their customer service is unparalleled, and they truly strive to deliver their very best!
In all, I highly recommend Orchard Corset for their quality product at what I consider to be an attainable price point. It is truly an excellent place for beginners to start their corset journey. With a website that is easy to navigate and customer service the ready and available to answer any questions you may have, what are you waiting for?!💕
Love what you see? Check Orchard out on the web: www.orchardcorset.comWant to know more about corsetry? Dive in and check out Lucy Corsetry for the answers to your questions! About The Photographer: Find Amanda, the genius behind the lens, at www.swigerphotography.com!