Bustier Vs Corset: What's the Difference?

August 13, 2019

Bustier Vs Corset: What's the Difference?

So, you're kinda new to this whole lingerie thing. That's totally cool! We love introducing new Divas to the lovely world of confidence-boosting lingerie. Learning about bustiers vs corsets is a great place to start.

In the intimates industry, we get a lot of different questions from lingerie lovers of all ages, shapes, and sizes. People often confuse bustiers and corsets, so we're here to help set the record straight.

In case you haven't noticed, we know quite a bit about both bustiers and corsets. If you've been wondering what sets these two styles apart and which one you should try, you've come to the right place. (Especially if you want to try both. 😉


Bustier Vs Corset: Similarities

There are a few reasons why you are confusing these two garments.

Both bustiers and corsets were commonly worn ages ago with Victorian and Edwardian dresses, plus they tend to look similar at a glance.

That's because they both usually feature boning on the bodice and a tight fit. Additionally, bustiers and corsets often fasten at the front using hooks and eyes or a busk. Laces in the back are more common for corsets, but they have been a feature for bustiers in the past as well.

Though they may seem similar, these two lingerie styles are used for totally different purposes. Yes, they are gorgeous lingerie pieces every woman should try, but in their own ways.


Related: 5 Types of Lingerie Every Woman Should Own Just for Herself 


Bustier Vs Corset: What's the Difference?


Bustier Vs Corset: What's the Difference?

Let's get down and dirty, shall we? Luckily for you, the difference between a bustier versus a corset can be pretty simple to remember.

While there are some defining details that make these garments seem extremely similar, the truth is quite different:

A bustier "boosts" your bust, while a corset "cinches" your waist.

Basically, bustiers are sexy bra-shapewear combinations that smooth the stomach and lift the breasts. The modern bustier should reach to your ribs or waist, and it may have mesh paneling instead of solid boning.

Corsets, on the other hand, focus on bringing your waist in so you can rock that Kim K hourglass.


Bustier Main Qualities Compared to Corset

  • Originated in early 1900s
  • Special shapewear with built-in bra
  • Fasten using hooks and eyes in front


    Corset Main Qualities Compared to Bustier

    • Originated in 16th century
    • Shapes hourglass figure by cinching at midsection
    • Tighten using laces in back and steel busk closure in front

     Bustier Vs Corset: What's the Difference?

    Should You Try a Bustier or Corset?

    Now that you're all caught up to speed on what defines a bustier (bust) vs a corset (cinch), it's time to decide... Which one will you try next?

    Bustier, corset, both?

    It's helpful to keep in mind our tips for choosing lingerie for your body type.

    Hopefully our little guide has been helpful. If you're ready to start ordering some gorgeous new intimates, here are some quick links:

    Shop Queen Corsets

    Shop Corsets

    Shop Queen Bustiers

    Shop Bustiers 



    Jennifer Tiemeyer
    Jennifer Tiemeyer

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