What’s the Difference Between
a Corset and a Basque?

There tends to be a little bit of confusion when it comes to lingerie, especially bridal lingerie that provide a bit of shaping, and the terms corset and basque seem to be used inter-changeably. So, at Wild Crush, we wanted to set the record straight and look at the main differences between the two. 

Corsets and basques are very different garments. A corset is a far sturdier piece of underwear designed primarily to give a great shape by seriously pinching in your waist and shaping your torso. A basque does a similar job but in a gentler way and pulls and nips less tightly. 

Let’s take a look at the four main differences…

  1. The fastenings at the back are different

A corset has laces at the back and basque has a hook and eye fastening. The laces on a corset are instrumental in achieving the dramatic shaping effect. They can be tightened a little bit at a time – to achieve the desired effect. The harder you pull – the more it will shape. A basque will have two or three rows of hooks and eyes, so the extent to which the torso can be shaped is a bit more limited

  1. The bones are made of different materials

Generally, a good corset will have solid steel boning while the bones in a basque will be made of a more flexible material. In order to provide the shaping, the boning in a corset is generally made of solid steel. This is pre-shaped to a standard figure, which is the shape that will be achieved with the laces fully done up. However, this means that if you are particularly top or bottom heavy you may need a custom made, rather than a standard corset.

The bones in a basque are generally a lot more forgiving and are made either of a spiral steel or a good quality stiff man-made fibre. As they are less rigid, they easily accommodate a wider range of body shapes.

  1. The height of the back

 Corsets generally have higher backs than basques. There is no such thing as a low backed corset. The very nature of the shaping requires the garment to have a high back as without it, your skin would just bulge out the top as the laces are tightened. 

With a basque, the back is usually lower as there is less tension in the garment. In many cases, they can be virtually backless. However, the lower the back the less shaping that is possible, so the virtually backless basque (or bustier) will just support your breasts rather than shape your torso.

  1. The amount of shaping

 A corset can provide more dramatic shaping, but a basque is often always easier and more comfortable to wear. If you want the sex appeal with the discomfort, then we recommend going for a corset effect lingerie set like the Black Lace Garter Slip with Architectural Detailing and Thong Set. It’s sexy and alluring without the tightness of the traditional garments. 

Once you’ve decided what to go for, take a look around the Wild Crush shop and pick the sexiest style for you.