A few weeks ago a beautiful package arrived in my mailbox. After a little trial and tribulation with the postal network, Miss Kitty's Meow package from Corsets UK arrived!
Why so special? Well Jess and Ben at Corsets UK were keen for us to review their corsets (and we were pretty keen for anything free, and of course to pass judgement on things. Two of my favourite past times free lingerie and judgement passing!)
We selected this beautiful white underbust confection with rhinestone chain detail and some embossing on the flowers, deciding it would be perfect (perhaps with some more swarovski'ing) for our Aphrodite inspired number we hope to perform later in 2013.
|Corset front view.|
I've bought a few corsets in the past from Corsets - UK for solo acts, but I think it's the first time I've tried an underbust and certainly the first for us as a group to have them.
To get a good verdict from three girls, three different sizes and shapes is pretty rare. But that's what came in. I'm not a corset snob by any means. I will buy anything from anywhere that fits well, is within budget and gives a good shape whilst allowing breathability. The corsets we received were definitely that. Despite our different figures they sit well, and the quality is actually excellent. Much better than I was expecting in all honesty. There is excellent shaping for the hips, and an added bonus of adjustable ties at the hip level which is great if you need a bit more room around that area or if (like me) you are pretty straight through and need to tighten in. The boning was pretty heavy duty, nothing nasty and plastic. But the upside was that they still allowed for some dancability.
|Corset back view. You can just see the adjustable hip lacing on the top left.|
Of course for our needs we will bling them out some more, but for a novice or newer performer I think this style - and a lot of their selection - has enough embellishment for starting out with. Given the price range I think it would be a good stop for newer performers wanting some quality but without forking out $300 or $400. Which some might sniff at, but I think it's important. I can count on one hand the costumes I have from my first shows, because as your acts develop the costumes often change or your style evolves. So to get something great at a budget worthy price in the event that you do change your style, change your act etc is excellent. If not you can always upgrade the detailing on your corset. This is certainly what I recommend to my students, and I've happily suggested Corsets-UK as a good option for them.
|Corset close up: The beautiful rhinestone detail on the corset|
I'm really impressed, which trust me isn't easy to do. So much so we are browsing their range for some additions to our other costumes. I will update the blog and show you some pictures when the full costume :)