MystiC City Corsets MCC38: A New Adventure

MystiC City Corsets MCC38: A New Adventure

So, this is a landmark moment. The first Petite Collegiate post that is not about bras! 🙂 As I’ve accumulated quite a collection on bras, I’ve decided to start trying and reviewing other types of lingerie. As a history buff, I’ve always been fascinated by corsets, but I didn’t realize they came in my size. Lingerie stores near me tend to market corsets as for plus-sized women, and many of them only carry large sizes. It was a complete eye opener when a lovely lady found Lucy’s Corsetry’s gallery of teeny corsets! After reading a lot of the (fabulous) information on her site, and reading this fantastic review of starter OTR corsets from the Lingerie Addict: I decided to purchase the MCC38 underbust in a size 16. My waist measurement grew about 2 inches from when I ordered the corset to when I received it (damn Christmas cookies), but I’m still in love with it despite the large back gap!

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The MCC38 is a very curvy corset design. I chose it in a size 16, because the measurements at the bust and high hip are very close to my own (Bust: 23.5″, high hip 30″, waist: 21.5″). MystiC City corsets tend to be best for a pear shape, like me. It’s also a shorter corset, with the front busk only being 11.5″ long. This is perfect for my short body, and I love how it’s a short corset with a longline look. I fell in love with this design almost as soon as I saw it. The burgundy casings combined with the kimono-silk lookalike fashion fabric are a definite win in my book.  I can’t believe I got this level of design for only $75!! My body is still adjusting to tight lacing, and I’m not the most compressible person in the world, so I’ve still got it at around a 2 inch reduction. If I ordered again, I might choose a size 18 corset in a slightly less curvy design.

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Look at how gorgeous it is! I mean seriously, people, why did I wait so long to buy one! This corset has 24 steel bones, a single layer of mesh, and a full waist tape. The entire thing is sewn (and made) impeccably. I can’t fault it at all. I bought this largely as a fashion item (I don’t plan to pursue waist training) for occasional tight lacing. It definitely adds a major statement to any outfit. Something this fabulous should never be hidden!

In terms of comfort, I’ll admit, I was seriously worried about how comfortable a steel boned corset could be. This one has cupped ribs, and overall, it feels sort of like a back brace. Definitely not strangling or uncomfortable at all! Wearing it actually makes my back hurt less because of the support it provides. I will say though, that I’ve been very slow and gentle about the tightening process. It probably would not have been comfortable if I immediately tried to shut it. I still do have a lot of trouble tightening the hip section of the corset. For whatever reason, that part of my body is very, very sensitive to pressure.

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One thing I like a little less about wearing a corset is that I feel like it gives me a little lower belly pooch. That’s already an area of my body I’m a bit self-conscious about, and the corset just pushes more stuff down there. It’s possible a longer corset would get rid of this issue, but I’m not sure that I’d be able to sit down then. This corset definitely isn’t really a longline on me, despite being longline styled. On the other hand, it’s also providing a little extra lift to my girls. The corset sort of creates a little shelf for them to sit on, which is always appreciated.

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The sides of this corset are actually really short! They’re only 8″ long. This puts the hip of the corset as really a bit above my iliac crest. It’s not a huge issue or anything, but I think that contributes to the weirdness in the hips. I do have a fairly long torso for my height (and little itty bitty short legs).

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So, you’ll notice that I have my laces done in a light / shape. I know this is silly, because the hips are gaping a bit, but my body greatly protests having them done any tighter. The MCC38 comes with two types of lacing: the burgundy satin ribbon you see in this picture (it’s much less pink in real life), and a white nylon shoe-string sort of material that you can see in the MystiC City stock photos. The modesty panel is suspended. All of the grommets are set well, and I like that they’re on the larger side.

Overall: I’m very pleased with this purchase. I don’t think corsets will become an every day affair for me, but I’m in love with the retro silhouette combined with modern style of this corset. I’d highly recommend MystiC City Corsets to pear shaped and very curvy women. It’s also a great, affordable option if (like me) you have a natural waist of under 22″.  What do you all think?

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