Pearls & Arsenic Mesh Corset Explorations – Off-The-Rack Overbusts & Underbusts in Hong Kong

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Lovely front coverage but too short on the hips for my liking. Back to the drawing board.

Mesh corsets are a love of mine – they’re comfortable, light, cool and perfect for warmer weather. Plus, they stealth very well, so I set my mind to creating a brilliant mesh overbust for everyday wear and am pleased to report that the final samples are on their way over to me.

My first mesh corset was the Orchard Corset CS-201 waspie, which was one of my first corsets along with their other cotton waspies. I didn’t love the cotton ones at all – they didn’t have nearly enough hip spring for me, but I adored the mesh ones and still have them in my daily wear collection.


For my own mesh designs, the first sample I ordered was a prototype of my bust coverage pattern (seen at the top of this post) – I wanted to be able to wear it without a bra and have adequate bust coverage. I also wanted it to be able to be worn in a more modern way as a top if so desired, perhaps paired with a crop top or a light bolero jacket. These kind of fashion explorations you shall see more of on my instagram, as I firmly believe that corsets can be the most fabulous outerwear when worn with stylish elegance, and do not need to be kept in the realm of lingerie / bedroom wear.

This with jeans, yes please!

Unfortunately it was a little short on the hips, so I couldn’t lace down as tightly as I wanted to without some hip bulge, and this has been adjusted in the latest version.
Also adjusted is the type of mesh, which is now finer, and a lace overlay which is unspeakably delightful. I actually squealed when I saw it.

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Hold your breath!

A white and a black overbust should arrive in the next few weeks and I will try them both out before ordering a few for placement in my fabulous Hong Kong stockist, which has stores in both Hong Kong island and Kowloon, @SallyCocoHK. I notice a need for more underbusts than overbusts in this young corset market and will have some of those made for placement instore. My brand is still young but I’m very happy with my little meanderings into the corset market and look forward to organic growth as and when it happens. I’m not in a rush! I just do this because I love it.

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Fabulously eccentric TV host, curvaceous model and founder of Hong Kong ’s first luxury corset brand, Pearls & Arsenic. I love sharing my passion for all things elegant and live with my Dearest Beloved and a fluffy Angora rabbit named Lord Pemberly III, who is a ridiculous snob. Find me on IG @RavenTao or FB : Raven Tao  ❤

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