Despite the fact that I spend most days in layered comfort-wear, I looooved getting married in a corset. It provided structure to my otherwise-casual outfit, shaped my curves like POW!, and even helped with my wedding-day posture. Wearing a corset made me not just look like a bazillion bucks, but physically FEEL different … like a super hero version of myself.
That said, my wedding corset was not from Starkers! Corsetry, and for that I'll always be a little bit sad. Don't get me wrong: my wedding corset was lovely. But having just procured my first corset from Starkers, I now understand what a corset should be. Because holy shit, Starkers quality kinda sets the bar…
So first, some background: Starkers bridal corsetry work is 100% custom — they work with your exact design specifications and measurements, so you can be sure that it's going to fit like a second skin.
Whether you want black lace, polka dot, red silk or traditional ivory, Starkers works with you to create a look that is unique to your vision, and fits perfectly. And naturally they work with a full range of bodies and shapes — not just from plus size to petite, but heck: they even make corsets for men. Pear, apple, marshmallow, toothpick: whatever your body type, they are going to work its magic and accentuate your gorgeousnayss.
That said, I was a bit dubious about a corset ordered online fitting correctly. Starkers founder, Dianna Noble, provided super explicit straightforward measurement instructions to follow. I emailed a big long list of numbers, held my breath, and a few weeks later I received a purple brocaded corset that pretty much splattered my brains across the wall.
The fit is impeccable — as if Dianna had been in the room with me when she made it.
Starkers! doesn't just do corsets — they craft these amazing corset gowns. The two piece ensembles give you maximum flexibility and re-wearable-ness while also matching seamlessly, with the corsets and clothing using the same fabric. I mean, seriously:
Of course, if you've already got an off-the-rack gown, then a custom corset can be an excellent foundation garment for underneath, providing waist and hip shaping, and strapless boob support. Add some garters and it can double as sexy honeymoon lingerie! (“This corset is gorgeous,” I said to Andreas. “But, when am I ever going to get to wear it?” He answered, “Uh, you can wear it for me.” Oh, I see. Well, then.)
I can say, after pouring over my corset's seams, boning, and construction that Starkers really takes the time to draft your pattern and construct one-of-a-kind corsets. Dianna's been making corsets in Toronto for seventeen years, so she's got this shit down to a science.
And considering the quality and custom-ness, the prices are totally reasonable: fully custom made to measure and custom-designed corset based gowns range from $660 to $1000. Oh and? Offbeat Brides get a discount:
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