Corset Ordering FAQs

Versatile Corsets Frequently Asked Questions

We are always happy to hear from our customers. 

Contact us by email:
Sales: sales@versatilecorsets.com 
Or text us: 503-522-5135

Can I confidently purchase a Versatile Corset online?
Absolutely! We specialize in remote fittings by email or a video call, and have been doing this successfully for over 30 years. We can accurately gauge your corset size when you provide each of the required measurements, and we are here to help you do this properly. One corset fit specialist will be assigned to you, and you will work with them exclusively.

How our corsets are made
Our high quality corsets are designed and custom crafted to fit better than mass produced "off the rack" garments. We take special care to obtain all the necessary measurements and information to make sure your corset fits properly. In addition, our corsets are fully lined and reinforced with ribbing around the waist to make sure they do not tear or stretch. Our custom corsets also feature a satin lacing guard for comfort. We stand behind our craftsmanship so if you're not totally satisfied with your garment, we'll work hard to remedy the problem and make sure you're completely happy with your purchase. We have thousands of satisfied customers all over the world. Please see our testimonial page to read what some of them have to say.

Will I be comfortable and able to breathe wearing a Versatile Corset?
Corsets by Versatile are created to fit your body so it's snug, but not uncomfortable. A well-made corset fits comfortably at the ribs and hips and compresses only your waist, allowing for easy breathing.

How much will my waist be reduced?
Versatile Corsets are designed for up to a 4 inch waist reduction depending on the style of corset. If you'd like more restriction, or if you would like your corset to lace closed in the back, please notify us at the time your order is placed.

Are your corsets only for women with perfect figures?
Versatile Corsets specializes in corsets that will fit and flatter you beautifully. We make corsets for men and women of all body types, shapes and sizes.

Will my corset help me lose weight?
A corset is not a weight loss program. If you would like for your corset to be used along with a diet program, we recommend this be done with proper nutrition and exercise, and only under the supervision of your physician. A corset restricts your waist and causes your organs to re-align. However, your stomach, while compressed when wearing the corset, will return to normal size when you take it off. If you wish to maintain organ re-alignment while sleeping, an underbust style corset is recommended.

What corset style(s) do you suggest for a male?
For masculine wear, we recommend the Venus Underbust Corset, Victorian Riding Corset or Fern Underbust Corset. These styles have been designed to be worn discreetly under men's pants, if so desired.

Can I lend my corset to a friend to wear?
Your Versatile Corset will mold to your body contours like a fine pair of shoes. Lending it to someone else to wear is not recommended.

Are your corsets and fashions guaranteed?
All merchandise from Versatile Corsets is guaranteed to be free from defect and may be returned for repair (or replacement at our discretion) at no charge within 30 days from date of receipt. No non-defective returns/exchanges or store credits will be accepted after 14 days of receipt.
All returns must have a Return Authorization Number issued by our Customer Service Department or they will be refused. For your protection, please ensure all packages that have been provided with an R.A. number.

How do I know my Corset Size?
When you order a corset, there is the option of a standard corset or a custom corset. After your order is placed you will receive a request for measurements. If a standard size will fit your figure, then you will not need to order a custom-fitted corset. If we determine that your measurements would best be suited to a customized corset, we will let you know, and you will have the option of paying the custom fee or ordering a standard size if you choose. We will always tell you which will be the best option for your figure, but you will have the final say. Standard Bust and Hips are restricted by 3” and Waists are restricted by 4”. Measure yourself, then subtract those amounts from those areas and you will find your corset size. If you do not fit into the standard size (of the corset you have ordered) in ALL THREE AREAS, you will require a custom corset. We may be able to modify a corset, but there is a hefty reconstruction fee, often more than the cost of originally ordering a custom corset. Standard orders that require modifications are the customers’ responsibility, not Versatile Corsets.

What is the difference between a corset, a corselet and a fashion bustier or fashion cincher?
Corsets are designed for the customer who wants to restrict their waist and create a more curvaceous figure. A 4” reduction (in design) is standard for our corsets. As such they are designed with interior and exterior qualities and materials to facilitate this without tearing. A fashion bustier or fashion cincher is designed with the sexy look of a corset, but do not provide restriction. Their favorable qualities are different. They are lighter in weight and tend to have several options for front closure (or no front closure). Because they require less material and time to fabricate, they are a less expensive than an authentic corset.

How should I clean my Versatile Garment?
You may use a damp cloth for spot cleaning, and a fabric refresher (such as Febreze*), only on the INSIDE of the corset, for light odor removal. Dry Cleaning is recommended when spot cleaning is not sufficient. Do not put your corset into the washing machine or clothes dryer under any circumstance.

Can your corsets help my back problems?
Using a corset to help alleviate pressure on the spinal column is sometimes recommended by physicians for various back problems. We advise you consult with your doctor before attempting self-treatment. If a corset is recommended, you may find wearing it backwards, with the steel busk (front closure) lining up with the backbone gives excellent support and relieves pressure. For men, our Venus corset is perfectly suited for this purpose. Please make certain to let us know if this is what you plan to use your corset for so that we can manufacture your corset with its use in mind.

What is “BBT”?
BBT refers to “Boning, Binding, and Trim”, which are all components of the corset. “Boning” are the metal stays that divide the sections of the corset vertically. They are what give the corset its shape. “Binding” refers to the fabric that covers the front busk closure, as well as the back lacing area (the front center and back center of the corset). “Trim” is the fabric that caps the top and bottom of the corset. We can make our custom corsets all one color or with contrasting boning, binding, and/or trim.

I purchased a Corset and after a few wears the boning has popped out.
Although your corset is designed to be worn tightly, you still need to take the time to break it in slowly. A corset must be worn loosely laced for a few weeks before it is accustomed to your body, and then you can cinch it more tightly. We have found that if you cinch down too far and put too much strain on your corset too quickly, you will have problems with the boning or fabric not staying true to form.

I’m trying to match a previously purchased item.  What do you suggest?  
In order to offer the large selection of fabrics that we do, we often purchase small runs of select colors.  Since dye lots can change with each purchase, we cannot guarantee that items will match anything we’ve carried before.  However, we try our best to get the closest possible color to what we previously carried.  We suggest you request a fabric sample of the current dye lot before ordering.

Can I receive fabric swatches?
We can send you up to 5 small swatches to anywhere in the United States, free of charge.  Overseas customers are required to pay shipping only.  To order, please email us with a list of your 5 desired swatches and your shipping address.  Swatches are only available for our made to order items and we cannot supply swatches for our in stock pieces.

I need a corset/fashion style that you do not sell.  Can you custom make it for me?
We do often take custom made projects for customers.  Please send us a detailed email of the garment you’d like, fabrics desired, and A PHOTO/SKETCH for us to view.  We will be able to tell you at that time whether it is a project we can take on.  These projects are priced on an individual basis and can include additional pattern and fabric finding fees.

I want a corset style you no longer offer.  Can this be done?
Yes, of course!  Barring supply issues, we can re-make almost every item we’ve ever done.  Please note that not all old fabrics can be obtained, but we can create the same styles that are no longer available in our catalog.

Do you make items out of a customer’s own fabric?
Yes, we often do this.  As long as the fabric CAN be made into a corset/fashion, we offer this service.  There are no discounts or fees for this service.  There are also no returns or exchanges on items made out of a customer’s own fabric.  Contact us for more details if you are interested in this service.

For other questions or concerns please email us: sales@versatilecorsets.com