No, it's not the rubber cincher. Look down!
Hear me out on this. I don't often consider adding non-corset products to my shop, and when I do, I make sure it's at least corset-adjacent and of trustworthy quality.
David from Sculptress Fashions first contacted me nearly 6 months ago, and I slowly got to know more about their silicone prosthetic shapers (hip pads), over time.
I'm not the curviest girl naturally. My pelvis is boney and relatively narrow, and even at dramatic waist reductions, there are still some corsets that I won't ever be able to properly fill out in the hips. Think of Orchard's CS-479, or many WKD and MCC corsets made for pear-shapes -- or even my own Gemini! They all gape and flare away at the bottom edge on me, and it kinda sucks that I have to say no to reviewing these corsets because I know there's no way they would fit my body properly. David offered to send me a sample of the hip pads, and lately I've been using the pads under my corsets... and they've opened up a new world to me.
Yep, hip pads are not just for performers and AMAB folks. And I'm pretty excited about how I can combine corsets and hip pads for my corset reviews, and in my reproduction vintage wear for future Outfit of the Day / Dressing with Corsets videos! Did you know that in the Victoria and Edwardian eras, and even up to the New Look era in the 1940s, women padded out their hips?
The standard length hip pads fill out everywhere from my obliques above the iliac crest (adding an extra two inches of "love hands" for lack of a better term), to a full 4-5 extra inches at the low hip and derriere, and tapering down the thighs.
I was so impressed that I called up David and we discussed the possibility of me being Sculptress's first online retailer. I know it's not corsets, but I feel like as another form of shapewear, they fit so well together. I'll get some pics of myself together over the weekend (it's been hard convincing myself to dress up during quarantine), but if you want to learn more about the hip pads, and see how they fit and look on other models, click the button below!