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Corset or Bustier? What’s the Difference?

Saturday, 06 July 2013  |  Posted By Vollers Corsets

Thinking of purchasing some new lingerie? If so, you’ve probably been struggling with the decision of whether to purchase a corset or bustier. While these two undergarments may look alike in many ways, they are completely different items of clothing. How do they differ? Let’s take a look.

Corsets vs. Bustiers


Corsets generally come in two basic styles:

  • Underbust corsets, which start below the bust and can be worn in combination with a bra
  • Overbust corsets, which are worn higher on the bust and do not require a bra

In general, corsets typically end below a woman’s waist, at the hips or lower. This is because corsets are made to help shape the body into an hourglass curve, which involves the hips.

Bustiers always come with a bra built into the garment. They are generally much shorter than a corset, ending above or at the waist. Most often, they are considered to simply be a long bra and are often used by women interchangeably with a bra.


There isn’t much of a difference when it comes to the colours available for corsets and bustiers. You can purchase a black corset, red corset, or a purple bustier. They are available in any colour you might like.

Flexibility vs. Rigid

A corset can be made from a variety of fabrics, and the best are usually stiffened with steel boning. This type of boning is strong enough to bring in the waist, drastically re-shaping the figure and helping to create the hourglass look.

In contrast, a bustier is usually made from a flexible fabric, with plastic boning, and stretch panels.


Bustiers are items of lingerie that are mass-produced and available at many different price ranges. Many individuals seeking to stay within a small budget choose these clothing items because of their lower price. However, they find out quickly that a lower price, flexible fabric, and plastic boning means these clothing items don’t last long. They often stretch out and tear after only a few times of being worn, which will means they will have to be replaced often.

While corsets are more expensive to purchase, because they are made from higher quality fabrics and materials they can last for decades. As long as your measurements don’t change very much and you make sure the corset is taken care of through the years, it can be an item of lingerie that you don’t have to replace.

Which to Choose

There are some significant differences between corsets and bustiers, whether you purchase one or the other will depend on how you intend to use them. If you simply want a longer bra that looks pretty, but don’t mind having to replace it often, a bustier might work for you.

However, if you want a piece of lingerie that will last for years, help shape your figure, and are interested in investing in a quality item of clothing that can be worn inside and outside the bedroom, a corset is the best choice and the only one that will fulfil your specific lingerie needs.

Invest in the future of your wardrobe today; choose a beautiful and lasting corset.