As the name suggests, overbust corsets reach the bust. That means they can be worn without anything on underneath, and it also means that they can do more than reduce waist size. If properly constructed (and all the corsets on this page are steel boned) they can also lift and shape the breasts. That means a waist nipped in by four or five inches and absolutely killer cleavage.
There are a few choices to make before buying a corset. The first is all about length, and this should be more or less determined by your height. If you're below about 5'6" it's best to avoid longer corsets, as these can make the legs seem shorter and the body longer. Shorter ladies are better off in shorter corsets, so we offer a range of lengths. If you're tall, go for a longer corset to get a streamlined look.
Then there is the bust. If you're already well-endowed in that area, say a DD cup or greater, you're likely to find that steel boned overbust corsets offer an outstanding level of comfort. You might find it hard to get a bra that gives you the support you need. Wearing a corset can really take the strain off the neck and back.
A corset will also make the best of your busty assets. For maximum impact (and we're talking real head-turning, jaw-dropping impact here) choose something with a deeply incised sweetheart bust. That will give you kind of cleavage most women only dream about. If you're feeling a little more modest, a straighter bustline is less spectacular but you'll still get that lift and support.