I wear corsets mainly as fashion accessories or as the highlight of my outfit – I have never been a waist trainer and never will be. I love wearing such a restrictive garment as it feels like a constant hug and provides a beautifully enhanced silhouette. I am also fascinated by people’s reaction to corsets – the disbelief, the shock, the obviously misinformed idea that they rearrange your organs and suppress your lungs until you can’t breath. FYI… I am totally breathing in this baby.
When Glamorous Corset reached out to see if I would like to review one of their creations, I was delighted. I chose the Lexi Black Mesh Corset in size 26″. While I mainly own overbust corsets, I was wanted a corset that provided near full mobility that I could also wear comfortably during the summer months.
Disclosure: This corset was provided by Glamorous Corset for review: all opinions both positive and negative belong to me… etc!
I provided Glamorous Corset with my measurements: based on a 33″ waist and 36″ under bust they recommended a size 26″ corset as the 28″ would have been near touching at the top. Since, I have lost weight so I am certainly glad that I followed their advice. Currently, and at the time of these pictures, I measure:
- 39″ bust
- 34.5″ underbust
- 31″ waist
- 39″ high hip
- 43″ full hip
As this is an underbust corset, only the underbust, waist, and high hip measurements really matter. My bottom half is naturally curvier than the corset with an 8″ difference between my waist and high hip. As the corset only has a 6″ hip spring, the difference creates uneven spacing in the back of the corset with a larger gap at the bottom than at the top. I cannot properly cinch down on my waist to provide a better hourglass silhouette as I am already more of an hourglass than the corset’s profile. On my body, the Lexi corset is less about creating the shape I want and more about highlighting the shape I already have.
As you can see above, the corset has an opaque black modesty panel and a couple tags that are noticable through the mesh. I recommend cutting those tags out as soon as you are happy with your purchase. Personally, I don’t like how the modesty panel is opaque and wish that the panel was optional at purchase, though I am sure a few minutes with a stitch puller could fix that.
You can also see the waist tape through the mesh corset, which is a design highlight for me. Visually, the solid black horizontal line accentuates the waist and provides more of a bondage style appearance, which is one of my favourite aesthetics. The rest of my outfit is styled to complement that feature. I like mixing together patterns and textures – within reason – and the Lexi corset complements a range of different styles.
The steel bones and busk are heavy and firm, providing strong support while the black opaque fabric encasing them acts as a visual contrast to the see-through mesh. The mesh itself has stretch to it so even fully cinched in, it will not reduce your waist to the corset’s size. However, this mesh is stronger than others I have tried, so you can still get a decent reduction if your body shape allows for it. Despite the stretch, the mesh feels robust: I am not afraid of accidentally snagging the material and ending up with a mess.
The combination of breathable cotton and mesh certainly makes the Lexi a good option for summer. It is the only corset I own that I can wear in the heat without feeling like I am going to die. While I usually wear my corsets directly on my skin, I do not think the Lexi is a good option for wearing underneath clothing unless you are okay with seeing the rise of the bones and the busk through your clothing. This is certainly not a low profile corset. However, I think the Lexi’s design works best over clothing anyway as you will be able to create different looks depending on what colours and patterns are layered underneath.
Overall, I am quite pleased with the quality of the Lexi mesh corset for the price. The Lexi Corset retails for $84 USD but it is on sale for $74 USD currently. It is available from 20″ all the way up to 40″. Remember, as a rule of thumb you want your corset about 4″ to 6″ smaller than your natural waist. This size range certainly offers great choices for core and plus-size women looking for a basic corset.