Basque, Guêpière, Bodice, Corset = Clarification

Sometimes the words seem to describe the same types of lingerie, let’s clarify these four pieces:

A basque refers to a fitted garment, with a cup, extending down to the waist line or just above. It is usually made of lace, or stretch lace and has plastic boning to support the shape of the body. It has suspender straps for holding stockings in place, which are sometimes removable.

A gureêpiè is fitted garment, with a cup, extending down to over the hips with suspender straps attached. Like the basque, it is usually made of lace, or stretch lace and has plastic boning to support the shape of the body. The basque, guêpière are loosely the same thing apart from the length of the garment. These days basque is the more common term, so you might even find a longline basque that extends over the hips, so I would usually follow the naming convention of the brand to describe the garment.

A bodice tends to be a less structured garment, something that laces up and goes over another article of clothing.

A corset should not be confused with the three garments above. A corset is a structured garment with steel or plastic boning that can be tightened to manipulate the shape of the waist. This is the only garment that will physically change the shape of the body and can do so permanently if you are corset training.


4 Comments on “Basque, Guêpière, Bodice, Corset = Clarification”

  1. Gorgeous undergarments! x

  2. […] the upper midriff and forcing the breasts up, while gently shaping the waist. A bustier resembles a basque, but it is shorter. It reaches down only to the ribs or […]


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