How To Colour Match Your Corset With The Rest Of Your Outfit

Corsets are not just a garment worn under your clothes to give you a great shape or with lingerie for a sultry boudoir look. They can also be teamed with jeans, skirts or jackets for a great day or night outfit. R&B star Christina Milian was recently spotted on the streets of Los Angeles in a gorgeous floral corset and denim shorts while Pamela Anderson wore a stylish black Vivienne Westwood corset top with loose fitting black trousers to the premiere of documentary film Unity. Here, we provide some tips for how to colour match your corset with the rest of your outfit.

1) Opposites Attract

Some people have a natural sense of which colours go well together, whether that’s from instinct or experience. If you’re less blessed when it comes to matching your clothes, the colour wheel can prove invaluable. To find complementary colours, look for those which are opposite each other. You can perfectly match your outfit by picking colours which are the same distance from the centre of the wheel, but you can also blend the other hues for a great look.

2) Different Shades Of The Same Colour

Many people think that different shades of the same colour won’t go together – but just try it out based on the individual outfit. Generally, it works really well.

3) Neutral Colours

White, black and grey are considered to be neutral colours and look great with bolder colours.

4) Warm Colours And Cool Colours

You can coordinate your clothes by picking shades of warm colours – orange, red, and yellow – or cool colours such as greens, blues and purples.

5) Use Analogous Colours

This means using the colours which are next to each other on the colour wheel – such as green and yellow or red and orange. It can make a confident statement when these colours are worn together, but it’s best to limit it to no more than three analogous colours in one outfit.

6) Wear Primary Colours

You need to be a little brave for this look, but red, blue and yellow can look fantastic when paired with each other. However, it tends to be overpowering if you use more than two of these colours together.

7) Ask For A Second Opinion

You can follow all the colour-matching advice available and still an outfit can just not look quite right. It’s a good idea to ask a trusted friend for their opinion until your confidence in matching colours grows.

THE BENEFITS OF WEARING A CORSET

Corsets have grown in popularity over the last few years and this is due to them becoming more of an on-trend fashion item as well as the increased awareness of waist training. Corsets have been part of the fashion culture for hundreds of years, but only recently are women of all ages realising the huge benefits that come with wearing one.

Corsets come in all shapes and sizes and each style has a different use. Whereas some corsets are designed to be merely a fashion statement, others help to correct posture. Whereas some corsets are designed to lift and show off your cleavage, others work to make the waist smaller. If you are interested in finding out the different benefits of wearing a corset, keep reading!

Why Should You Wear a Corset?

Improve Posture: Corset are extremely structured and this helps to keep your body and spine in the ideal shape whilst you are wearing them. If you are someone who slouches or hunches over when they walk, a corset is a great way to prevent this as your posture is held firmly in the correct position.

Waist Training: In recent years it has been desirable to have a small waist and this has led to the increased popularity of waist training. Waist training involves wearing a corset to slowly tighten the circumference of your waist; not only does this have an immediate effect when you put the corset on, but over time this can cause your waist to become naturally smaller.

Create the Ideal Figure: Most women have an area of their body they do not like, and for many this is the waist and hip area. When worn under clothing a corset can create the illusion of a slim, hourglass figure. Not only does this make you appear to be the shape and size you want, but it also hides any lumps and bumps by creating clean lines.

As you can see the main benefits surrounding the corset are to do with creating a great figure with a great posture, but there are long term benefits also such as creating a smaller waist if you are looking for a waist training option.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT SIZE CORSET

One of the most common questions we are asked when it comes to corsets is how do you choose the right size corset?

Most women know what size they are in clothing and their bra size, but finding the right size corset is a little different. The notion of having to measure yourself for a corset can be daunting, but there are some simple and easy steps to follow that will ensure you’re on the right track.

Measure Yourself for a Corset

Corsets by nature are extremely fitted and in order for them to sit correctly on your body and to work to the best of their ability, they need to be the right size. Corsets are designed to create a smaller looking waist and to provide a lot of support, so measuring yourself precisely is important. There are four areas to measure when you are choosing a corset.

These are:

1. Underbust: Measure around your underbust at the same point where your bra would sit. It is important to measure parallel to the ground.

2. Waist: Measure around your waist at the same point where you would bend to the side. This is usually an inch or so above your belly button.

3. Hip: Measure around your body at your hip bone. This is usually just above where you bend to sit down.

4. Torso: Measure the length of your torso from just underneath the centre of your breast to the point in which you bend to sit. This is usually easier to do if you are sitting down.These measurements will help you to choose a corset that fits you best.

As different style corsets come in different lengths and sizes, you will now have exact body measurements to refer to when deciding which corset to choose. Choosing a Corset Choosing a corset that is too big or too small will not only leave you without the desired results, but it can also cause a lot of pain and discomfort when worn.

The rule of thumb to follow is to choose a corset that is 4 inches smaller than your waist. For example, if you have measured your waist to be 28 inches we advise you to choose a corset that is a 24 inches, and so on. Most women choose the wrong size corset because they don’t know how to measure themselves correctly. However, by using the above information and taking the time to measure well you are sure to find the corset you choose will fit perfectly.

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CORSET TYPES

When many women think of a corset they think of a standard, lace option and are unaware of just how many different types of corsets are available. Different corsets have different uses and some will fit you better than others. Before going ahead and deciding on the perfect corset for you it is important to understand the difference between a longline corset and a fashion corset, the difference between an underbust corset and a steampunk corset. There are tonnes of different corsets to choose from, so take a look at the options available.

Different Types of Corsets

There are a lot of different corsets available and there’s a style to suit every need and occasion. Here are four of the most popular types of corset though others such as punk rock, overbust, underbust and gothic are also available.

Fashion Corsets: Fashion corsets are perfect for those who are taking their first step into wearing corsets. They are easy to wear, flexible and are a much cheaper option than other traditional corset styles. Though they do not provide any waist reduction, fashion corsets do create the illusion of a smaller waist and hourglass figure but without any long-term results or discomfort, making them ideal for nights out.

Steampunk Corsets: Steampunk corsets are essentially a modern take on the classic Victorian corset and they provide a great deal of support and structure. Steampunk corsets are really for those women who love dressing up and adorning their clothes with chains, studs and accessories. This style of corset is designed to be worn instead of clothing and it isn’t hard to see why; they really beautifully designed and are attention-grabbing.

Longline Corsets: Longline corsets are, as the name suggests, corsets that are longer in length. They are designed to go further down over the waist and are perfect for hiding any excess weight on your hips or stomach that may otherwise be seen underneath a standard corset. Longline corsets are available in a range of colours and styles, and are ideal for taller women or those with a long torso.

Burlesque Corsets: The design of a burlesque corset is similar to what you would expect to see in a burlesque show – think Dita Von Teese. Burlesque corsets are classic looking and have a very strong and sturdy structure to them, which makes them perfect for really reducing the waist size and emphasising the cleavage. Burlesque corsets are usually worn as part of an overall burlesque style costume, but they do work well as a beautiful standalone item.

The Variety of Corset Types

As you can see, there are a lot of different styles of corsets available. The type of corset you choose will depend on its function and what it is to be worn with, but there is alway a corset to suit whatever style, shape and use you need.

CORSET TRENDS FOR 2017

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As with all types of clothing and underwear there are trends that can be followed when looking at which corsets are popular and which are not, and of course there are certain styles that are always on trend. As corsets grow in popularity and more and more women are wearing them, there has been a number of corset trends that have stood out amongst the rest. Take a look at some of the best corset trends for 2017. Some are new and some are classics, but they all look fabulous.

Different Trends in Corsets

Currently, there are three key corset trends for 2017 and these are; wearing corsets on a night out as top, wearing corsets over clothes as part of a casual look and subtly wearing a corset to gain the benefits of shaping without drawing too much attention to yourself.

Corsets for a night out – One trend that is seen year after year in the corset world is wearing corsets for fashion. In fact, fashion corsets are designed for this very purpose. Corsets are a great choice for a night out and look great teamed with a pair of jeans and some heels, or even dressed up further with a bold skirt. Corsets remain a popular choice for women to wear for parties and events as they not only help to hold everything in and create a great figure silhouette, they immediately dress any outfit up.

Casual corsets as daywear – For a long time corsets were only seen as lingerie and then they transcended towards being worn instead of a top. Now this has gone even further and one of 2017’s hottest corset trends sees them being worn over clothes. Kim Kardashian is one of the key influencers of this look and she was recently seen wearing a leather style corset over a casual t-shirt, but corsets work just as well as daywear when worn over a dress or shirt. This is a great trend to get on board with if you are looking for a fun and flirty way to change up your existing wardrobe.

 

Subtle and sexy corsets: There are a lot of corset styles that grab the attention of others and really stand out, the steampunk and burlesque styles for example, but if you are someone who prefers a more subtle and classic look then there are a lot of trendy options to choose from. Corsets are inherently sexy and are great at creating a really beautiful figure, but in order to keep things subtle and understated opt for a plain black, white or cream corset. Staying away from anything too bright allows you to wear a corset without making too much of a statement.

Whatever style of corset you choose to go for you are sure to be rocking a look that is fashionable, stylish and on-trend. Gone are the days when corsets were merely worn underneath clothing as a lingerie substitute. Now corsets are emerging as a frontrunner in the fashion world.

 

A Concise History of Corsets

It’s always fascinating to take a peek back in time to see how things were invented, manufactured and used. That’s why the team at Lula Lu has decided to share a brief history of the corset. Turns out that this common undergarment has an interesting background that goes back several generations to a time when women were not free to wear what they like. Here is a short, yet concise history of the corset.
lula lu corsetsCorsets date way back to Greek and Roman times when women wore tightly wrapped scarfs under their breasts and around their waists to enhance their figures so men would find them more attractive.


Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, it was strongly suggested that women wear corsets in order to flatten and shape their torsos. Even fashion-forward men and children wore corsets. In the 1800s, the central focus of women’s fashion was on having an “hourglass figure”. Corsets were designed to “shrink” a woman’s waist by several inches while forcing the breasts up.

Well-dressed women of the 19th century wore over an average of 37 pounds worth of clothing, 19 pounds of which hung from their corsetLula Lu Kyla Corseted waists! Many women who wore corsets during this time experienced a range of health problems including fainting, reduced lung capacity, internal organ damage and even deformed rib cages. This prompted doctors to warn against the unhealthiness of corsets. Yet, in spite of these warnings, women continued wearing corsets and opted instead to take various concoctions to cure their corset-related ailments.
By the early 1900s, the lace-up-the-back, tightly fitting corset had been transformed into a girdle, which was designed to control the hips and belly with elastic material. As the girdle became readily available to women from all walks of life, the corset lost its mass appeal. Today, women still wear corsets but the modern corsets are much more attractive and comfortable including the Kyla Corset offered by Lula Lu.

Corset Care & Cleaning

The proper care and storage of your corset is essential to getting the best possible results. Just like any other purchase you make, a corset is an investment.

If not properly cared for, your corset can suffer the effects of becoming misshapen, or even rust. These are two things that will render your corset unwearable, so ensuring you are following these instructions to care for your corset will be key to protecting your investment, as well as your waist!

Cleaning Your Corset

Firstly, taking steps to limit the frequency of cleaning will also help extend the life of your corset. Wearing your corset over a thin layer of clothing to limit contact with body oils, and allowing it to breathe hung on the back of a chair overnight will also help decrease “wear and tear”.

When it is time for cleaning, approaching it as gently and naturally as possible is always the way to go!

Once you have removed your corset for the day, spraying the inside with a light mist of a vodka/water (1:1 ratio) mixture will help cleanse the interior, and dries odorless as well. Simply do this before you hang out your corset for the night and it will be dry by morning.

If you have a stain on the exterior of your corset, or for some reason need to completely clean the outside, you have 2 options:

  • Invest in having it professionally dry cleaned at a dry cleaner that has experience, and you can trust!
  • Spot clean using lukewarm water and a gentle detergent on an un-dyed washcloth.

Storing Your Corset

There are 3 main ways you can properly store your corset when not in use. This will ensure your corset maintains its shape, while still resting in a position that will allow it to breath.

  • Laced (leaving no gap) and laying flat in a drawer.
  • Hung by the laces from a hanger.
  • Rolled gently, and stored in a drawer or basket.

Remember, your corset will only provide you with the results and lifespan equal to the care you provide back. When in doubt, contact the designer or distributor for best practices, so you can get the most from your corset!

Latex Cincher or Corset – What is the difference?

When the topic of waist training comes up, one of the most common point of confusion is what a waist trainer actually is, i.e.what are people using to ‘train their waist.’ Since Kim Kardashian posted photos of herself in a latex cincher, companies have cropped up everywhere selling latex garments (or fajas) and the terminology has become quite blurred.

The latex garments, referred to as ‘cinchers’ (a term which has an entirely different meaning within the corset community), are also being referred to as ‘corsets’, which causes confusion. The term ‘corset’ is not only being used by companies who sell these garments, but also in newspaper and media reviews. (For anybody who saw the Dr. Oz review, this was a cincher and not a corset!) And of course the topic of that review is need for a whole other article…

A corset by definition is never made from stretchy material. It fastens at the front with a steel busk, and laces up at the back. It will have a defined shape, and if it is an hourglass corset will cinch mostly at the waistline. Contrary to popular belief, a well fitted, quality corset is very comfortable. This is because the compression is in specific areas (as opposed to a cincher which applies pressure to the entire midsection at the same rate) and the laces allow the user to adjust to comfort.

What should you consider before deciding on a corset or cincher?

1) Do you want to exercise in the product?

If you’re looking for a product you can wear during cardio and to burn a little fat off the tummy (and possibly temporary water weight) then a cincher may be of benefit. The one thing to be cautious of is the amount of compression on your lungs, as you should have full lung capacity for any form of cardiovascular exercise. This is another reason why we favor corsets to cinchers – with a corset you wear during day to day activity but never during exercise. Additionally, the compression is focused at the waistline, and you can adjust the lacing near your ribs to breathe comfortably.

2) Are you looking to change the shape of your midsection, or simply burn fat in your natural shape?

A cincher may help you lose a few inches but cannot change the shape of your body. A corset, on the other hand, can actually change the morphology of the fat and muscle in the area and redefine your waistline in an hourglass shape. This is particularly useful for those who find that no matter what they do they cannot lose weight around the middle.

3) What is your end goal and how much do you want to spend?

While a corset may seem like a huge investment to some, it will actually cost you less in the end. A large percentage of our customers come to us when they realize how uncomfortable cinchers are. But even if you’re happy with a cincher, it can only take you so far: Typically you can only lose around an inch before your cincher is stretched out and no longer fits snugly. With a corset you can lose 6-8 inches with the same corset if it’s sized for waist training. As you get smaller, you lace tighter. So the cincher that cost $50, after multiple sizes now has you investing between $200-300

So how do you know if you’re really purchasing a cincher?

1. Corsets are fitted based on measurements. If a company is not asking you for your measurements and instead is simply sizing their product by S, M, L etc., this is a cincher

2. The item hooks in the front, or does not have any laces in the back. The fastening system for a cincher looks like the hooks on a bra closure

3. The material is stretchy

Be wary of advertisements which claim that a latex cincher is ‘steel boned’. If this is true you will be very uncomfortable in the garment, as the boning cannot be properly reinforced in such a material. Reinforced boning channels in a corset keep the boning where it should be, which means there is no poking or prodding!

The one time we would recommend a product other than a corset would be immediately post- pregnancy when you can use a belly binder to wrap your belly. This should be worn for the first 4-6 weeks after pregnancy, or until your doctor gives you clearance to start waist training with a corset.

Happy Waist Training all!!

Waist Training vs Tight Lacing: What’s the Difference?

If you start looking on the Internet for info about waist training, you’re going to find that a lot of people confuse what waist training actually is. For the record, it is NOT about wearing your Spanx to the gym in the hopes that your shaping undergarments will help you lose weight. That is a whole different enchilada (or three – there’s a reason we go to the gym, after all…mmm, enchiladas).

In addition, people who don’t actually do waist training often confuse terms like waist training and tight lacing (not to mention waist taming, but that’s a topic for another day). You might find yourself shaking your fist and crying to the heavens, “Dear God! Why can’t anyone explain this to me?”

Okay, that’s a little dramatic, but the good news is, you’ve come to the right place! Those of us who love corsetry and are totally down with REAL waist training are here to give you the skinny (pun intended!) on waist training vs tight lacing. Strap in, lace up, and get ready to expand your mind – and trim your waist.

What is Waist Training?
Waist training is the slow and steady process of diminishing the size of your waist using steel-boned corsets. Did I mention the process is slow and steady? It’s slow. It also requires that you work your way up to wearing a fitted corset all day, every day. Over time, you’ll gradually tighten the corset to actually make your waistline smaller. Then you’ll upgrade to a smaller corset to continue.

What is the point? To achieve an effect that lasts even after the corset is removed. Waist training is a slow, safe process designed to create and enhance a feminine, hourglass silhouette without causing undue discomfort or physical harm in the process.

What is Tight Lacing?
Tight lacing is something altogether different, although it may seem very similar. Tight lacing involves pulling corsetry lacing as tight as possible to affect an immediate and dramatic reduction in waist size, often defined as four or more inches smaller. The goal is to create an exaggerated hourglass shape by squeezing the waistline and boosting the bosom. Many consider the practice to be somewhat antiquated and less safe than waist training.

Why Do People Confuse These Totally Different Activities?
We’re not sure, but it’s probably related to the fact that they both involve corsets, which have been the wardrobe equivalent of Alan Rickman. He was great once upon a time in your favorite holiday movie, “Die Hard” back in ’88, then all but fell off the radar for years before becoming hugely popular as the dark-arts-loving death eater in the “Harry Potter” franchise (sniffle…RIP Snape). He was there all along, but nobody knew where.

The same with the corset. Although it was a staple of Victorian-era fashion, it fell out of favor when the fun-loving flappers decided it was too confining for their rabble-rousing ways. Okay, that’s a lot of hyphenated words. The point is that many women are only just discovering the joys of corsetry, including the art of waist training, so it’s only natural for some confusion to abound.

Do you have additional questions about the differences between waist training and tight lacing? Contact us – we’d love to help! If you’d like to stay up-to-date with weekly blog posts, waist training tips, and the chance to win one of our monthly corset giveaways, like us on Facebook & subscribe to our mailing list today!

Vintage X-rays reveal the hidden effects of corsets

In 1908, a doctor used X-rays to highlight the damaging effects of tight corsets on a woman’s body.

For centuries, boned bodices formed part of a lady’s everyday wardrobe, but it wasn’t until the invention and implementation of the metal eyelet — the holes through which the laces were threaded — in the 1820s and 30s that something called tight lacing came into effect.

This is pretty much exactly what it sounds like: pulling and tying the laces of a corset tight to give the wearer a desired shape; generally along the lines of an hourglass, with a tightly pulled-in waist.

This caused, of course, the familiar fainting to which fashionable young ladies were prone; they were often laced so tightly that they could barely breathe; to help her recover, those around her would loosen her stays (the laces), allowing air to flood back into her constricted lungs.

This, however, was merely the most obvious of the health problems associated with tight lacing, and the garment was the subject of hot debate between those who believed the corset beneficial (mostly the women who actually wore corsets), and those who believed it injurious to the health of the wearer. Indeed, The Lancet, one of the world’s oldest medical journals, published two articles on the subject — one on June 14, 1890, entitled Death From Tight Lacing and the second on January 16, 1892, called Effects of Tight Lacing.

Neither was particularly approving of the practice. The former stated that its consequences “cannot be but hurtful.” It went on, “the veriest novice in anatomy understands how by this process almost every important organ is subjected to cramping pressure, its functions interfered with, and its relations to other structures so altered as to render it, even if it were itself competent, a positive source of danger to them. ”

Indeed, the medical community fairly roundly condemned tight lacing. Surgeon William Henry Flower included it as a deforming fashion in his book Fashion in Deformity, an 85-page volume that included skull-shaping, foot-binding and tooth-filing among its subjects, along with an illustration of its effect on the rib cage. Tight lacing over a long period of time does cause the size of the wearer’s waist to shrink as the internal structure of the body shifts to accommodate the constriction.

The effect of tight restriction on the lungs was particularly troubling; the lower lobes of the lungs are prevented from expanded fully when taking a breath, resulting in extra strain. This exacerbated lung conditions such as tuberculosis and pneumonia, which effect the lower lungs first, making the condition much more serious — and both illnesses were much more prevalent before the invention of vaccines in the 20th century.

The other serious problem caused by tight lacing over an extended period of time is atrophy of the back muscles and pectoral muscles, as the corset’s boning does the work of keeping the wearer’s back straight — which, in turn, leads to greater reliance on the corset.

Overall, there seems to be little direct evidence that tight lacing had permanent effects on the wearer. Nevertheless, the restriction of the organs — which could cause poor digestion, poor breathing and poor function otherwise while wearing a tightly laced corset — was a cause for concern for some doctors.

One such was Ludovic O’Followell, a French doctor who in 1905 and 1908 published books on the effects of the corset on female health. O’Followell, however, had something that all the previous arguments and illustrations did not: he used a brand new technology to bolster his arguments.

X-ray had been discovered in just 1895 — a breakthrough that netted Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen the very first Nobel Prize in Physics. The unknown radiation, he noticed, passed through human tissue, but not human bone; it was in diagnostic use just a year later in 1896.

It was this that O’Followell used to illustrate the effects of tight lacing on the ribcage, in a series of striking images included in a paper entitled Le Corset. In it, he argued that the corset not only affected a woman’s physical health, but also her behaviour. He cites novelist Arabella Kenealy, who in 1904 penned an article about the ill effects of the corset — including an account of a strange and possibly nonexistent experiment involving putting corsets on monkeys — noting that she blamed the corset for “bad language.”

However, although the corset was to fall out of fashion in the 1920s, when flapper dresses introduced a more androgynous shape in rebellious response to tight lacing, O’Followell’s intention was not to abolish the corset altogether; instead, he hoped merely to encourage the development of a more healthy and comfortable corset.

You can find the full text of O’Followell’s treatise here (translated from the French), and the full collection of illustrations and photographs here (contains some images that are NSFW).