Corset buying is a serious business. Those who have been buying them need to be more thoughtful, just as much as those buying for the first time. You need to think of why you want one, and where you will get it. Remember to think of your shape and body size if you want to make a great decision.
You need to have a good reason for buying a corset. Nothing stops you from buying a corset, but you need to know why you want one. It maybe for fashion or medical purposes. You may simply like dressing in one, or you saw one while out shopping. When you know why you can make an informed decision.
You then need to know your body. Corsets will cover your torso, and work to slim your waist and overall figure. It is in knowing your waist, hip and bust measurements that you will know which one is right for you. Keep in mind whether you needed an over bust or under bust corset. Over bust corsets cover the bust area, while the other does not. They are both versatile enough to be worn in any setting, be it casual, business, or intimate.
You also need to know about corset boning. Plastic and steel are the common types. Bones re what hold up the corset so that it flattens your stomach. Plastic boning is more affordable, thus more popular. They are also more available. Steel boned corsets will outlast the plastic ones, and sell for higher prices. Steel boning is preferred by those who do tight lacing. Those who are not seriously into lacing and wish to make a great outfit with corset voices need to only buy the plastic ones.
The ease with which you can find a corset was never the case in the past. You can do an internet search for lingerie shops, either in your local area, or all over the world. Lingerie shops usually stock those meant for intimate settings. You can continue searching if your needs were more professional or casual. There is always an abundance of sizes and shapes when you go searching on the internet. It is important that there be a good description of each corset on display, as well as high quality photos of each on display. It should come with an easy to understand size chart. It should cover the hip, waist and bust area. You should also choose a corset that is 3-4 inches smaller than your normal waist size, to make the most of its figure shaping ability. When you know why you needed a corset, and your measurements, you will always make an informed decision, even if it was spontaneous buying.