What is the difference between a basque, a bodice, a guepiere and a corset?

 Custom Basque by Amber & Indigo 

Custom Basque by Amber & Indigo 

I get asked often to explain the difference between a basque, a bodice, a guepiere and a corset. It's quite possible you may have not even heard of some of these style names before, so I have outlined the key features below and explained the differences between the styles, so you can talk lingerie with confidence. 

  1. 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. 

  2. A guêpière 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.   

  3. A bodice tends to be a less structured garment, a little bit more like a lacy body suit. 

  4. A corset should not be confused with either of 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. 

The guepiere is one of my favourite items of lingerie because it makes me feel supported, contoured, yet is not restrictive. Here are my top pics below for a bodice, basque, guepiere and a corset: 

Bodice
Blubella Official
Bluebella Official have a great selection of lacy and racy bodices, which they also call playsuits (just to add another term into the mix!). I love that their price point is affordable and they they have so much to choose from. 

Basque/guêpière  
Agent Provocateur
AP used to have a larger range of basques, so if you are lucky you might pick something up on Ebay or Depop! But what they currently have available is still very beautiful. 

Blubella Official
Bluebella also have a beautiful range of basques in stock in beautiful structured lace. 

Corset  
What Katie Did
What Katie Did have a lovely range of corsets in a variety of colours and styles and they are reliable for advice and quality! 

xo Amber Von Blonde

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