A basque and corset are two popular types of shaping garments. While they look similar, many women are still unsure of what the difference between them is.
The difference between a basque and a corset is that a corset is worn to cinch the waist and give an hourglass figure, while a basque does little or no shaping. Basques are usually longer than corsets and have cups, while corsets have internal bones and adjustable back laces.
Each of these garments have features that cater to specific needs. Read on to find out more about these features.
How Do the Features of a Basque and Corset Differ?
Basques and corsets are worn for different reasons. These are reflected in the features built into each kind of garment, which is why a basque merely hugs the body and a corset cinches the waist to produce an hourglass figure. In fact, a corset is the only kind of garment that can effectively change the shape of one’s body when worn regularly.
Since basques are used as bridal underwear or lingerie and are not dangerous to wear, it’s important to understand that corsets as waist trainers come with some potential risks especially when worn extremely tight. For women who want to dramatically reshape their waists by wearing a corset, it may restrict movement in the midsection when it’s too rigid.
In the worst case scenario, corsets can make it difficult to breathe and even impact your lung function, causing you to faint especially when worn too long. In the best case scenario, corsets can reshape the body as long as you limit its wear each day. Many also use corsets as part of a costume, and if you plan to do this, it’s generally safe as long as you don’t tie it too tightly.
How Can I Choose the Right Basque?
Basques are most popularly used as bridal underwear. They shape the body gently underneath your wedding gown, and are sexy too! Aside from bridal underwear, many women love basques as lingerie. Here are some general tips to help you choose a good basque:
If you are going to use a basque as bridal underwear, there are other considerations to think about:
How Is Choosing a Corset Different to a Basque?
There are so many different corset styles out there, so it’s important to choose one that complements your body type. Here are things you should consider before buying a corset:
Traditional corsets are made with steel, plastic, or double bones. Steel boned corsets are known for effective waist training, and are also more supportive. They are usually more comfortable than plastic bones.
Plastic boning is commonly used in modern corset styles, as it’s also more affordable. These types of corsets can be used as fashion statement pieces, or as costume. However, plastic boned corsets can’t be used for waist training, and they are not recommended for use by women with larger bust sizes because they do not provide support.
Double boned corsets are sturdy, and widely used for waist training. They use twice as much steel as a steel boned corset and therefore are more supportive.
Underbust or overbust
An underbust corset is simpler to buy since it only requires waist measurements. Overbusts cover the entire chest area, and require more measuring to get a good fit. If you intend to wear the corset underneath clothing, underbust corsets are recommended since they are less visible.
Corsets come in several different kinds of fabrics. Choose one based on your unique corset needs. These are the common types of fabrics used in corsets:
Satin looks and feels shiny. It’s usually designed as the fabric’s outer layer. Satin corsets are a good choice if you intend to wear it underneath clothing.
Brocade corsets are meant to be worn as fashion statements because they are extremely elegant and come in beautiful patterns. They are thick types of fabric, and can take some time breaking in. Once you do though, brocade is very comfortable to wear.
Cotton is a low-maintenance fabric choice and extremely comfortable as corsets especially after they’ve been broken in. Cotton tends to mold to your body shape, though they’re thicker than other kinds of fabric which may not be as discreet under clothing.