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What’s the Difference Between a Corset and a Bustier?

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Hi Friends,

I wrote this pre pandemic and I’ve been holding off sending it out. Just a quick reminder, our Express Window is open Tuesday – Saturday from 1pm-4pm for sales or curbside pick up. AND we are offering free shipping within Canada. DON’T FORGET we’re also having a 50% off sale on our imported items. And now, let’s jump into one of our most frequently asked questions.

What exactly is a corset?

Traditionally, a corset is a tight fitting undergarment that is designed to cinch the waist. They typically have boning throughout the garment and lace up in the front or back. They have been used for fashion and medical purposes and have been worn by both men and women. Under bust corsets or waist cinchers are worn below your bust. Over bust corsets cover your bust. They can be worn in place of a bra or over your bra depending what you’re comfortable with. 

What is a Bustier?

A Bustier is a tight fitting undergarment that is designed to boost the bust. Unlike a corset, bustiers do not lace up. They may or may not have boning. Whereas corsets can be worn as a top or as an undergarment, bustiers are traditionally worn as undergarments and are more comparable to shape wear. They are worn in place of a bra.

What is Boning?

Boning is used to give the corset or bustier shape on your body. The more boning and the closer it is together, the more shape you will get. In Victorian times whale boning (made out of the baleen) was the standard but today steel, and plastic are generally used. Plastic boned corsets are the less expensive and typically what you would find at big box stores. Plastic boned corsets are great for costumes and causal wear however the boning can be prone to kinking. Steel boning is great for people who are really serious about corsetry. They are typically more expensive but give amazing shape. If you are not used to wearing a corset, you may find that steel boned corsets will take some getting used to.

Which one is better?

It’s hard to say which is better as they are used for different purposes. Bustiers are great for under tight fitting tops,wedding gowns, or anytime you want to smooth out your waist while accentuating your boobs. Corsets are great for going out, cosplay/ costuming, drag or anytime you need a really snatched waist. It really comes down to asking, which one is better for specific circumstances.

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How to Tie Your Own Corset (a refresher course)

Hey Guys!

We posted this way back in January but it’s still one of our most frequently asked questions. I thought I’d re-post it to give everyone a refresher.

Happy corseting!

Love,

Devon

How to tie your own corset

The most frequently question I get asked when selling a corset is: “Do you come with the corset?”

While I would like to believe that it’s my stunning wit, infectious laugh and good looks that prompts this question, I know that it is actually because most people don’t know how to tie their own corset. Good news, it’s not actually that difficult.  It is slightly more complicated than pulling on pair of yoga pants but I’ve broken it down for you into four easy to follow steps.

Step one:

Unlace and unbutton (or unzip or unclip) the corset. Figure out what is the top, bottom, front and back. Our corsets have a handy tag sewn into them indication the top back of the corset. You would not believe how many upside down backwards corsets I see. If you don’t feel like your corset is fitting correctly,  check to make sure it’s not upside down… or backwards… or inside out.

Step two:

Clip into your corset. Your corset should be able to stay on your body but it should not be overly tight. If your corset is falling off it’s too big. If you can’t clip up your corset at all or it is too tight for you to be able to breath then it is too small.

Step three:

Find a mirror and turn your back to it. With Venus & Mars corsets we use continuous lace up so it should look like there are 2 loops towards the middle, where your waist is. Put your index and middle fingers through the loops and pull until you reach desired tightness. Blue in the face is too tight.

Step four:

Tie the laces into a bow or knot. I prefer a bow as it is easier to undo and therefore easier to adjust throughout the day but if you can’t tie a bow behind your back then a knot will work just fine.

Step five (optional):

When you get to wherever you are going, make a friend in the bathroom. Turn to a lady at the sink and say “Hey, would you mind helping me with my corset?” If she is awesome like you, she’ll say yes! Ask her to adjust your corset accordingly. It can be really difficult to reach higher up your back if you need more support or tightness at the bust. Plus bonus, you now have  new friend!

Now nothing can hold you back from rocking your corset! If you want, you can come down to the store and get the live demo. Plus while you’re here you can try a few new ones. If you want to check out some of our corset before you come in you can find them HERE.

How many corsets do you have? Where do you like to wear them. Let us know in the comments below.

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How to Tie Your Own Corset! (In Four Easy Steps)

Corsets!

How to tie your own corset

The most frequently question I get asked when selling a corset is: “Do you come with the corset?”

While I would like to believe that it’s my stunning wit, infectious laugh and good looks that prompts this question, I know that it is actually because most people don’t know how to tie their own corset. Good news, it’s not actually that difficult.  It is slightly more complicated than pulling on pair of yoga pants but I’ve broken it down for you into four easy to follow steps.

Step one:

Unlace and unbutton (or unzip or unclip) the corset. Figure out what is the top, bottom, front and back. Our corsets have a handy tag sewn into them indication the top back of the corset. You would not believe how many upside down backwards corsets I see. If you don’t feel like your corset is fitting correctly,  check to make sure it’s not upside down… or backwards… or inside out.

Step two:

Clip into your corset. Your corset should be able to stay on your body but it should not be overly tight. If your corset is falling off it’s too big. If you can’t clip up your corset at all or it is too tight for you to be able to breath then it is too small.

Step three:

Find a mirror and turn your back to it. With Venus & Mars corsets we use continuous lace up so it should look like there are 2 loops towards the middle, where your waist is. Put your index and middle fingers through the loops and pull until you reach desired tightness. Blue in the face is too tight.

Step four:

Tie the laces into a bow or knot. I prefer a bow as it is easier to undo and therefore easier to adjust throughout the day but if you can’t tie a bow behind your back then a knot will work just fine.

Step five (optional):

When you get to wherever you are going, make a friend in the bathroom. Turn to a lady at the sink and say “Hey, would you mind helping me with my corset?” If she is awesome like you, she’ll say yes! Ask her to adjust your corset accordingly. It can be really difficult to reach higher up your back if you need more support or tightness at the bust. Plus bonus, you now have  new friend!

Now nothing can hold you back from rocking your corset! If you want, you can come down to the store and get the live demo. Plus while you’re here you can try a few new ones. If you want to check out some of our corset before you come in you can find them HERE.

Venus & Mars is a small business located in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver, BC. We have been providing quality, handmade, alternative clothing since 1993. Everything Venus & Mars is designed by shop owner, Sanne Lambert, and made in Vancouver. We started out making Goth and Victorian alternative formal wear but over the past decade we have morphed into including pieces for steampunk, cosplay, festival costumes, and LARP gear. Now, we provide awesome people with clothing for weddings, grad, Burning Man, conventions are everyday life. We have also been featured in some film and television. Please visit our About Page for a comprehensive list. Want to stay up to date on what we’re up to? Join our mailing list to get weekly blog posts delivered to your inbox. Or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Devon

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3 ways a Corset will help you get over the Holiday Blues

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3 ways a Corset will help you get over the Holiday Blues

Happy New Year! Christmas is over. New Year’s is done. Valentine’s Day is still so far away. It’s only natural to get the post Holiday Blues. Never fear! I have a solution: Corset! Here are three ways that corsets can help you beat the post Holiday Blues.

Corsets are Pretty

We have a huge selection of gorgeous corsets. From really fancy Victorian looking corsets to casual corsets we have a corset for cosplay, steampunk, fetish and even everyday. It’s hard to feel down when you are wear something luxurious.

Corsets put the Fun in Functional

It’s hard not to feel sexy in a corset but it’s next to impossible to have bad posture in one. You will sit up taller and stand up straighter when you wear your new corset. It’s like you’ve been doing yoga without having to do yoga!

Corset will hide how much shortbread you ate

There’s no shame in it. We all overindulge over the Holidays. Whether it’s delicious treats or mashed potatoes it’s hard to say no when grandma keeps offering you seconds… or third. Nothing adds to the post holidays blues more than having all your pants be super tight. Instead of feeling shitty about yourself, put on a corset. You’ll have an instant hourglass figure and all the extra shortbread with be redistributed to more flattering areas.

So there you have it. Come into Venus & Mars and try one on today. How do you beat the post Holiday Blues? Let us know in the comments below.

Venus & Mars is a small business located in the heart of Gastown, Vancouver, BC. We have been providing quality, handmade, alternative clothing since 1993. Everything Venus & Mars is designed by shop owner, Sanne Lambert, and made in Vancouver. We started out making Goth and Victorian alternative formal wear but over the past decade we have morphed into including pieces for steampunk, cosplay, festival costumes, and LARP gear. Now, we provide awesome people with clothing for weddings, grad, Burning Man, conventions are everyday life. We have also been featured in some film and television. Please visit our About Page for a comprehensive list. Want to stay up to date on what we’re up to? Join our mailing list to get weekly blog posts delivered to your inbox. Or follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.