The stunning Van Doren ivory suspender, with 6-straps, is an absolute classic from Kiss Me Deadly.
This narrow sleek version of the Van Doren belt has the usual 6 straps and metal clasps, with control mesh side and back, hook and eye fastening, and double layer control centre panel. An amazing mix and match piece, this can go with so many styles of lingerie.
This suspender belt is designed to sit on your natural waist, so use this measurement to choose your size, and take the size that corresponds to your actual measurement.
1: Take your measurements
Your natural waist is the narrowest part of your torso, somewhere between the base of your ribcage and your belly button.
Your hip measurement is the wide part of your lower hip, slightly above the top of your legs and below your belly button.
Use a soft tape measure to take these measurements, and either wear nothing, or wear your usual knickers. Make sure you don't wear shapewear, and measure horizontally, so that the measurements are accurate. You may like to use a mirror or ask a friend for help to make sure the tape measure doesn't ride up or down, especially over your hips.
2: Find your clothing or swimwear size
|Waist (in)||Hips (in)||Waist (cm)||Hips (cm)||Size|
|33-35||43-45||83-89||109-114||Extra Large (XL)|
3: Find your corset size
|Waist (in)||Waist (cm)||Size|
Tips and tricks
Choosing the correct size for corsets and shapewear
Corsets and shapewear can be sized in one of two ways. Either they'll come in sizes S/M/L/XL, or they'll come in sizes 22/24/26/28/30.
If you're interested in a corset that's sized 22-30, you should measure your waist and buy the size that's 2-4 inches smaller than your waist measurement. The sizes listed (22-30) are the actual size your waist will be if you wear the corset, and a waist reduction of 2-4 inches should look good and still be comfortable.
If you're interested in an item that's sized S-XL, you should buy the correct size based on the sizing chart above. We don't advise buying smaller sizes, because shapewear that isn't sized like a corset won't act like a corset. A corset busk (front fastening) is very strong, and specially designed to cope with the force that acts on it when you reduce your waist. Our other shapewear uses more delicate fastenings like hooks and eyes or zips, and although they're perfectly strong enough to cope with every day use, they're just not designed to work effectively if you choose a size that's too small for you.
Choosing between two sizes
Sometimes, you may find that you could choose more than one size. For example, your waist and hips might fall into different size ranges - your waist might be a size L and your hips size XL. Or one measurement might be in between two sizes, so that you could take a size S or a size M around the waist. Both of these situations are common.
If your waist and hips fall into different size ranges, consider the garment you're interested in. Does it fasten around the waist, the hips, or both? If it fastens around the waist, like our Van Doren 6-strap suspender belt or Vargas longline girdle, use your waist measurement to choose your size. If it fastens around the hips, like any of our briefs, use your hip measurement to choose your size. If it covers both areas, you should choose the larger of your sizes.
If one of your measurements is between sizes, check the product description. If it's very stretchy, or cut smaller than usual, we'll say so. It it's very stretchy, choose your smaller size; if it's cut small, choose your larger size. If the description doesn't give any sizing information, then the item follows our sizing chart. In this case, it's up to you which size you choose. Have a think about whether your size fluctuates, and if so, whether it's likely to go up or down, and choose the size you'll be most comfortable in. There's little point in buying a size that you can only fit into for one week out of four!