Thursday, January 17, 2013

Poise and Grace with Orchard Corset

The simple elegance of a corset is something that no other piece of shape-wear has managed to achieve in over 150 years. No bra, girdle, or "spanx", have ever given a woman the type of grace, poise, and beauty that only a real corset can give.

Started in 1968, Orchard Corset was a small shop on the famous Orchard Street in the lower east side of Manhattan. It has since expanded  to a worldwide retailer in authentic corsets, superior shape-wear and quality foundation garments to meet the various needs of today’s women.

I was recently given the amazing opportunity to sample a selection of goods from Orchard Corset, and I was pleasantly surprised by both the selection, and fantastic quality of the goods they provide. I spent nearly an hour and a half on the website, looking longingly at one beautiful work of corsetry after another. They had so many types to choose from: waist training, overbust, underbust, wasp waited, fashion, and more. That was just the corsets! Not to mention the vast array of lingerie, hosiery, modern shape-wear, and accessories as well. I was even happier to see that they used the term 'underbust' correctly on the site! Most modern corsetieres' use the term 'underbust' when actually talking about a 'wasp waist' style of corset, so I know this company is very well versed and educated in the corsetry business.

The website was very easy to navigate, and even allowed me to search by the desired color of garment I wanted. That's not all however, as I was looking around, I stumbled upon this:
"Orchard Corset offers professional custom dye on many of our shapewear products and accessories. Choose from over a dozen gorgeous colors to customize your garments to most any occasion or outfit. Please allow an additional 3-4 days before the items will ship from our warehouse for this process."

Not only can I order high quality items for a low price, but if nothing matches the color I need, I can get a blank custom dyed to match! With a dye time of only 4 days, they are also blowing competitors out of the water. Last time I tried to get something custom dyed, it took almost two weeks, and looked horrible when I finally received it.

Being the Steampunk enthusiast I am, my final decision to try out one of their Steampunk themed corsets was a simple one. I fell in love with the Brown Brocade Steampunk Underbust Corset, and was extremely excited to open the package when it finally arrived two days later. To simply say the garment was beautiful is an understatement, It's stunning! The fabric is a durable canvas type brocade, with a 100% cotton lining. It has 14 flat steel bones, so it gives me better support and definition than the modern "fashion" corsets do. Not to mention, I adore the fun antiqued brass clasps used as a front closure, instead of the normal steel busk, or hooks and eyes.

The corset was very easy to adjust in size, and comes with very durable cording in the back, to make sure there is no slipping or wear on the laces that might cause you any undue embarrassment. I was at one of my Civil War reenactments once, and the ribbon that was used to lace up my corset broke...needless to say, my corset came undone, and I made a hasty retreat back to my tent. There's no fear of that happening again with quality like this!

 Orchard Corset has gone from unknown to me, to number 1 on my recommendation list for girls looking for an amazing corset, and an even better price. And while there are thousands of different shape-wear garments available online, only Orchard Corset can give you that subtle elegance that a woman wearing a quality corset exudes.

Love and Lightning Bugs,

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