We won’t lie. Corsets – whether for him or her – have always been a little ‘meh’ here in the PC household. Mrs PC already has a small waist and cracking pair of jugs that just don’t really lend themselves to a corset without naturally spilling out (not that that’s a bad thing, she just doesn’t find the one she owns very comfortable). As for me, Mr PC… well, it’s really not something that ever crossed my mind until several months ago when browsing the XDress site and was struck by the Moulin Rouge Corset for men. More than the fact that it was something unusual, it was actually the colour that caught our attention first.
Several months later, and XDress were kind enough to send the very same corset for us to review (thanks again guys!) We had followed their sizing instructions to a ‘T’ and soon received the corset in a Large. It fit… barely. Since it was our first male corset we thought it was supposed to be that way (it wasn’t, and XDress kindly exchanged it for the next size up, an XL). Since we’re talking about size, Mr PC is 6′ tall, 180lb with a 40″ chest and 32″ waist. Yes, that’s a lot of personal info, but if you’re reading this and interested in the corset then it’s probably helpful when it comes to finding your own size. Interestingly though, the corset that we received doesn’t seem to be as long as the one pictured on the website
The first mistake we made that we’ll put down to being novices was to drastically loosen the black ribbon lacing on the back in order to squeeze into it. 20 minutes later and after getting into the Superman pose to pull the thing over my head I was in it and ready for Mrs PC to tighten the ribbon. I soon knew how it felt to be on a date with a Boa Constrictor – each time I’d breathe in, she’d pull the ribbons tighter. I have to say, it was an odd experience. Part of me felt like I was having the life squeezed out of me, while another – admittedly bigger part of me – felt incredibly sexy being laced into this. The corset was soon laced as tightly as we could get it, and that was when Mrs PC asked me the $64,000 question:
“Why didn’t you just use the zipper on the side?”
Yes boys and girls, there’s a zip on the side of the corset. I’m pretty sure the corsets that cost hundreds of dollars don’t have them, but this one does and other than on that first day, I have to say it’s a Godsend. Not only does it cancel out the need to do your best Esther Williams impression when putting it on (kudos to you if you get that reference), but it also means you can keep the corset laced up exactly how you like it then zip yourself in and out of it. It’s almost like having those buttons on your car that let you put your seat and mirrors back to the way they were before your wife took it out for a spin. But that’s another story. A word of note on that zip though: it’s plastic and can be prone to opening at the bottom when you’re half way through closing it. We’ve found it best to pinch or fold the base over as you pull the zip up. And if you’ve got even a hint of – ahem – extra padding on your sides (cough) then tread very carefully when closing the zip since it can hurt. A lot.
All of the above is a small price to pay though for something that’s actually very reasonably priced and is extremely sexy on. Corsetry for men is hardly a new thing, although this particular corset doesn’t really try to be something you could wear under a smoking jacket at the Gentlemen’s Club – rather it embraces the fact that it’s a feminine-type corset made for a man’s body. There are no shoulder straps on this, and we’ve noticed that it does have a tendency to slip down a little if you’re not careful, although that’s probably a plus if you’re a fan of those ‘nip-slip’ photos. It’s so comfortable to wear though that it wasn’t actually me who noticed this – Mrs PC pointed it out several times, leaving me to try to hike it back up into place myself.
The corset is reinforced with plastic boning stitched into it, and while it’s no whalebone, it does let you know it’s there and not only forces you to hold yourself straight, which is probably another part of the thrill of wearing this, but also has a slightly slimming effect. It’s not going to keep you bolt upright, but it does make you think about what you’re doing. Still, you’re going to want to be careful since the boning can bend if you put too much pressure on it. There are also six removable garter straps that hook through little eyelets, meaning that you can (obviously) wear this as both an ‘everyday’ masculine/feminine corset (if such a thing exists for a man) as well as an item of lingerie.
Pictured with BodyAware’s Ghost Leopard Snap Briefs (review coming soon!)
All in all, this is a very sexy piece of lingerie that’s fun for either the bedroom or wearing out under something discreet like a loose-fitting shirt. The colour is eye-catching and the material is a predominantly satin/polyester that feels sexier than it sounds. You may want to check with the XDress website though since some of the details didn’t quite match up with the corset we received. For example, the XDress site describes it as having hook & eye fasteners rather than a zipper and also says it has four removable metal garter straps, while ours has six plastic ones. That doesn’t detract from a very nice item and either a nice filler for a lingerie collection or an introduction to corsets in general.
This item was provided free of charge by XDress.com in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines