Corset Styles Limited Only by Your Imagination
Felix & Kitty actually design, fit, and create your corset from start to finish. That means you’re not limited by what you see on the website or our shelves, only by your own imagination. If you can dream it, we can make it! Just contact us for an individual consultation. If you can find a picture or make a sketch, even better.
Here are some less traditional corset concepts for you to consider.
Straight-Line or Binding Corsets
These are qualitatively different from our other corset styles, in the sense that they’re specifically intended to alter your shape rather than emphasize it.
For trans men or non-binary people people, they can serve as a body shell, “exoskeleton”, or a foundation garment under clothing which create a profile they feel more comfortable showing the world or themselves. A properly customized corset can build a more angular, straighter silhouette by 1) safely compressing the curvatures of your chest and hip area and 2) blending away the indentation of the waist.
Straight-line corsets are generally much more comfortable and less risky to wear than unboned chest binders. Many binders create unpredictable spot compression and pinching, which can carry serious health hazards, especially with long-term or extended wear. They’re fine for people who are just binding their chest for a few hours for cosplay, but if you’re looking for something for constant daily wear, you need better and safer options.
The sturdy boning of a corset distributes the compression over a much larger area than the random, concentrated inward pull of wrappings or elastic. This reduces the chances of dangerous restriction of you nerves, circulation, and other soft tissue in the same way that walking with snowshoes makes it less likely for you to sink into the snow.
Because this kind of corset or body shell is generally used for compression and longer-term wear, and because the boning must be placed extra-precisely at the right points and length in order to be comfortable, Kitty will need to customize each and every one. So unless your questions are super-general, please take the time to fill out our photo and measurements form first so she can give you intelligent answers.
Men’s corsets aren’t fundamentally different from any other custom-made Felix & Kitty corset. In fact, at events, we can fit most men off the rack. Remember, we make corsets in a vast array of different shapes, including (for example) for narrow hips and tall people. However, some tall men need an even longer length, or they might just want a shape that creates an extra-straight outline.
If you’re a man looking for a corset that will create curves for drag or cross-dressing, Kitty will need some information before she can make any recommendations, so please take the time to fill out our photo and measurements form and send it in. When you’re trying to tease the maximum curvature out of a straighter body, it’s really critical that the waist indent in the corset hits you exactly at the right height for your body, or you’ll wind up with bruised ribs or hip bones!
If you’re a trans man looking to create a straighter profile, you should definitely also check out our straight-line or binder corsets, which are specifically designed to address some of your concerns.
If you want to discuss custom options, the easiest way is to contact us,
Corsets with Straps
Strapped corsets can be extremely flattering for some bodies, and sometimes it’s the only way to achieve what you need. For example, if you need serious posture correction of the shoulders and upper back, if you need full-torso support for ligament laxity issues, or if you’re a woman who wants decisive cleavage but has trouble achieving it due to wide-set breasts, straps can be the answer.
On the downside, strapped corsets must be custom-fitted to you in person, or you’ll probably have trouble moving your arms.
Kitty has been working on adding adjustable straps to off-the-rack corsets for some time, but it’s an uphill battle, because humans are wildly variable in the chest/underarm/shoulder area. Don’t count on seeing strapped corsets on the shelves anytime too soon, so if you want one, contact us for a private consultation.
Some people prefer to have only front lacing or only back lacing on their corsets, rather than both. Usually, it’s to create a particular effect for a cosplay or a special event.
A front-lacing-only corset means that you cannot adjust the size or fit at all, so it must be custom made. Some people opt for this because they need a closed back for spinal support reasons, or to make the corset look less like a corset for wearing in conservative environments.
A back-lacing-only corset means you can’t do it up yourself, so it’s not a great option if you live alone. On the other hand, it creates a sleek, smooth look from the front which some people find more modern-looking than grommets for front lacing. This style is useful for trans or non-binary people who are looking for a body shell to wear under clothes (or anyone who wants a discreet corset for body modification), because the lack of front lacing means it’s nearly invisible even under tight or thin clothes. It’s also popular with brides who want to use the corset as a wedding dress bodice.
Corset Vests, Dresses & Jackets
Basically, these are items that are meant to mimic everyday clothing rather than look like corsets. The lacings are hidden in the construction process, but the clothing is lined with a sturdy-enough material to take the pull of a corset, as well as contain the boning.
These are sometimes worn by people in a conservative industry where they can’t openly wear a corset, but you could do that more easily (and cheaply!) by just wearing a corset under your regular clothes. More often, these are for role-playing and those who like the look for its own sake.
Corsets can be made to cover as much as you like, and restrict as much as you like, too. While most people want the maximum freedom of mobility from their corset, sometimes, you just want a corset that keeps you standing at attention all the way from neck to knees, or ties up your arms.
Waist Training Corsets
These are a whole other story, which is covered in a separate section. The short version: you cannot use an off-the-rack corset for waist training! But you knew that, right?
Corsets with Bra-Style Cups
These must be custom-fitted, and even then, they cannot always be made to work on certain body types. Get the fit wrong and your breasts will be squashed in new and tragic ways, or look like they shrank on you. It has to do with the tremendous lateral tension that a real corset (as opposed to a stretchy lingerie corset-ish) is under.
To explain exactly how and why would take pages. If you’re really curious, buy Kitty a drink and prepare to spend half an hour learning more about counter-pull and vertical support than you ever wanted to know. In the meantime, if you really want a cupped corset, contact us for a private consultation.
People who are confined full- or part-time to a wheelchair often have back issues which can be helped by a corset. We can and do make corsets specifically designed for you if you spend most or all your time sitting, but you must insist on a private consultation, preferably in person. If you’re living with spinal paralysis, you should definitely contact us and talk to Kitty in person, as there are special fitting issues which we’ll need to accommodate.