Disclaimer: This post is just an overview of my personal preference and experience for corset wearing. I am by no means the authority on corsets and I advise to do your own research as I did, before undertaking regular corset wearing.
So its pretty well know I’m a corset lover and I have been for a very long time. As a kid I grew up in my early teens in a rural town that had a bridal corsettory situated in it and I have fond memories of volunteering to ride to the store for bread and milk just so I could stand at the windows of this store, my nose pressed against the shop glass to oogle at the corsets there. The love affair started young. I found them to be incredibly sensual, visually delightful and very feminine.
I got my first corset at 17, which I wore to my year 12 formal. In hindsight this wasn’t the best style for my shape but at the time its all I could afford. The sensation of a corsets ‘hug’ just further cemented my obsession with them. I found them to not just be comfortable, but empowering to wear. Like a secret piece of armour that made me feel bullet proof. I invested in some Australian brand corsets through my early 20s before getting my first proper steel boned corset from What Katie Did in 2013 when I was 23. I wore my Morticia to literal death before favouring their now discontinued vamp style for the past few years as I found it fit my shorter torso better than the longer Morticia.
However in the past few months What Katie did have changed their corset designs and styles and the vamp is now no longer available. Since I’d been working on a review post of the vamp when this happened, the amazing WKD team and I decided I’d instead share their new extreme Luna corset with you which is a new design that is a combining of their waspie and riding corset designs. These change to What Katie Did corsets is also great news for ladies who don’t have super extreme measurements, since most corset styles now come in a standard and an extreme version! Which opens up corset doors for ladies previous confined to one corset style if they had more a column body shape.
My new Luna extreme arrived in perfect time, just as I was able to lace again post op (I had minor surgery last August). I held it up and my partners first comment was “OMG it shrunk” as its considerably shorter than my vamp was and even moreso than my Morticia was. Another feature I love about the new designs is that the modesty panels aren’t built in but a removal piece. Which is a feature I’m really loving as for everyday wear I don’t really bother with one as no one is going to see it. In this post I’ll be sharing the changes my Luna Extreme underwent as I broke it in and my thoughts on this new style for a short torsoed pear girl like me.
So since I got a lot of questions last time about this, I’m going to be documenting my process of breaking in my luna in this blog post for you all. Breaking in your corset is important as it helps prevent damage to your corset from lacing it in too fast as well as making it fit your body better and preventing injury to you. It will also increase the lifespan of your corset.
My preferred method of breaking in is to start with the corset loosely laced and increase the time frame its worn and the firmness its worn over a period of 2-4 weeks, though I find this time frame varies from corset to corset. I settled on this method after around 18 months of reading and research after getting my first steel boned corset in 2013. When I break in my corsets I generally wear them over tanks, tees or cotton maxi dresses and the shorter periods of breaking in are done primarily around the house while I work on my business stock or watch movies with my partner.
One thing I’ve observed too that’s worth noting is my body did get a bit achy after wearing in the first few weeks of a new corset. I do believe this is due to the fact the corset is still very new/stiff, not broken in and hasn’t adhered to my body yet. As it breaks in I find these aches reduce before vanishing pretty much altogether.
For reference I’m wearing a 30 inch Luna Extreme with my current waist measurement of 34-35 inch waist. For a full day’s wear I do normally wear a cotton liner underneath it or in warmer weather I powder my skin to help with sweating.
Worn untied and only very loosely laced for 2 hours in the evening working up to around 3 hours by the end of the week. I slowly tightened the lacing a little each day til I could tie it loosely. I’m already loving the shape of the luna, even unbroken in! Its much more suited to my shorter torso and as such I’m finding it to be much more comfortable.
Week two was a comfortable week. Restarting from last week’s 4 hour end, I took that as the minimum start time for this week and increased on it slowly throughout the week but going a bit slower this week ending on 5 hours of wear. As before I was increasing the lacing slowly, day by day. I’m already noticing its beginning to sit better under the ribs and smoother across the hips. A little achy this week too but I find for me this is just my body adjusting and its something I go through every autumn after I take a break during summer.
Week 3 has been smashing. I got upto a full 6.5 hour days wear, 5 days this week. Its still coming in at the top and bulges a little under clothing but its really starting to come in. The waist tuck is already amazing. I cannot wait to see how it looks once its finally all broken in. I’m almost ready to wear it for a full day to and from work.
My final week of my ‘breaking in’ period is here and I’m so thrilled with my luna extreme corset! The top has finally closed in underneath my bust and its sitting well across my hips. I can wear it all day (8-9 hours) without any discomfort and its now laced to a comfortable length with a 2-3 inch gap in the back, depending on the day and how I’m feeling. It also gives me a wonderful pear shape and amazing waist reduction, as shown in belows side by side.
I’ve been wearing my Luna Extreme corset for a number of months now and absolutely loving it still. Its such a fabulously comfortable corset that works so well with my bottom heavy shape. I also love that it gives me more movement than the longer styles do on my shorter frame as well as still offering back support. As a long wearer of What Katie Did corsets, the Luna Extreme not only fulfilled my expectations but surpassed them as a fabulous style for a pear shaped girl. Those who follow my social media will have seen how often I wear my Luna, to help me with the perfect hourglass shape!
Now last year What Katie Did revamped their corsets to make the styles more streamline and to have greater choices for different shaped ladies. All corsets now come in a standard or ‘extreme’ make, with extreme having more of a waist cinch than the standard. They’re all ready to ship now days as well to reduce the wait time!
The Luna Extreme retails for £139.50/$254.61AU + postage but they are definitely worth the investment! You should get a few years out of a corset that is correct for your body and well taken care of and What Katie Did‘s postage rates to Australia are very reasonable!
I hope you’ve all enjoyed this blog post lovelies and I’m looking forward to bringing you more lingerie based reviews in 2018! Til next time darlings!