Merry Widow Glamour Nouveau L3035

1950s Merry Widow Corset

Cinch, Support and Accentuate: you can have it all with our 1950s Merry Widow Corset. It’s designed to cinch your waist, support your breasts and hold up your stockings.

Merry Widow basques were originally designed by Warners and throughout the 1950s the Merry Widow was the lingerie item of choice when it came to strapless and off-the-shoulder dresses.

Our Glamour Merry Widow combines traditional vintage features, such as an internal elastic waist tape to cinch and spiral steel boning, alongside a few little improvements. Both the shoulder and 6 metal clip suspenders are detachable to make them extremely versatile. Plus, our Merry Widow has a front hook and eye fastening which makes it a lot easier than the original to put on.

Our Glamour Merry Widow Corset is primarily sized by bra size but your body measurements need to be considered too which means you might need to sister size. Bra sizes roughly co-ordinate with the following WKD dress sizes:

Band Size UK Dress Size US Dress Size
32 Band UK 8-10 US 4-6
34 Band UK 12 US 8
36 Band UK 14 US 10
38 Band UK 16-18 US 12-14


The length of our Merry Widow is approximately 9.5” / 24 cm long from the bottom of the cup (underbust) to bottom and 14” / 35.5 cm long at the back-centre.

The satin is 100% polyester while the powermesh wings are 88% polyamide, 12% spandex. The bottom half of the cups are lined with 3mm foam. Our Glamour lingerie is made ethically in our main factory in India.

Choose your colour Black
Choose your size 32B

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Fitting Room: Shapewear

Size Chart

The measurements below are to be taken as a rough guide as, with the exception of corsets our lingerie stretches and while our clothing is none stretch there is ease built in for a comfortable fit (see Stretch and Ease below). If you are familiar with other reproduction clothing brands you should be the same size in our clothing ranges.

Dress Size Bust Waist Hip

Size UK 8 / US 4

Bust 31"/79cm

Waist 23"/59cm

Hips 33"/84cm

Size UK 10 / US 6

Bust 33"/84cm

Waist 25"/64cm

Hips 35"/89cm

Size UK 12 / US 8

Bust 35"/89cm

Waist 27"/69cm

Hips 37"/94cm

Size UK 14 / US 10

Bust 37"/94cm

Waist 29"/74cm

Hips 39"/99cm

Size UK 16 / US 12

Bust 39"/99cm

Waist 31"/79cm

Hips 41"/104cm

Size UK 18 / US 14

Bust 41"/104cm

Waist 33"/84cm

Hips 43"/109cm

Size UK 20 / US 16

Bust 43"/109cm

Waist 35"/89cm
Hips 45"/114cm

Size UK 22 / US 18

Bust 45"/114cm

Waist 37"/94cm

Hips 47"/119cm

Size UK 24 / US 20

Bust 47"/119cm

Waist 39"/99cm

Hips 49"/124cm

Size UK 26 . US 22

Bust 49"/124cm

Waist 41"/104cm

Hips 51"/129cm

Stretch and Ease

Most of our lingerie is made from stretch fabrics so the measurements here are a rough guideline. Our garments will fit a couple of inches either side of the measurements below, especially with larger sizes which do have a lot more stretch.

The measurements for our sizing are for the size they are designed to fit, not the actual garment measurments as ease and negative ease is built into the garments to ensure you can breath!

If you are used to wearing other reproduction vintage brands then our sizing should be inline with them. If you normally wear high street brands you might need to go up one size in our shapewear items which are designed to be worn very tightly.

Waist Cincher & Waspie Sizing

Designed to comfortably cinch your waist. Ensure that the reinforced shaping bands sit on the narrowest point of your waist for maximum sculpting.

Always choose the size closest to your waist measurement. It is possible to go down a size in our waist cinchers and waspies especially if you're used to wearing vintage style shapewear.

Waist Cinchers are great under full skirted 1950s style dresses with nipped in waists.

Corselette & Merry Widow Sizing


Our Corselette and Merry Widows are sized by bra size, but as they shape your whole torso you need to take your dress size into account too.

Band size 32 = dress size UK 10, US 6, 34 = dress size UK 12, US 8, 36 = dress size US 14, US 10 and 38 = US dress size 16, UK 12(of course, these are What Katie Did dress sizes which might be different to what you're used to, see our size chart for the measurements of our dress sizes)

If you wear, for example, a 32D bra but are a dress size UK 14, US 10 you will need to adjust your Corselette/Merry Widow size so it fits correctly on the body by selecting a 36B (if you go up a band size you need to go down a cup size).

Girdle Sizing

You need to take in to account both your waist and hip measurements when selecting a girdle. If you are wearing a girdle that finishes on your waist then it's best to choose the size closest to your waist measurement to avoid a muffin top. If you do have a large waist in comparision to your hips it might be better to go for a longline underbust girdle which will give you a smooth line from underbust to derriere.

Our underbust girdles contain spiral steel boning to ensure they don't roll down.

Girdles are designed to flatten your tummy and smooth your hips and derriere. Always step into your girdle. Ideal under tight fitting pencil skirts.

Customer Reviews

Based on 41 reviews

Absolutely love this. I got it in black, and it's one of those pieces that makes you just feel like a goddess when you put it on.

Best undergarment I own

I absolutely love this item! It fits perfectly and gives a little extra vintage flair but can be unassuming with most modern outfits too.