I just got this corset, and I'm in love. I am a land with huge tracks of land and broad shoulders, so I had no slack issue with the strap. It looks great on, and the detailing is great. My only issue is that the strap didn'/t seem finished. It was cut but not hemmed.
After reading the reviews I was a little nervous that maybe it would not fit me. But it fit perfectly. I am a 38B and I did not experience the same issue with the strap being too slack. It may be that the other reviewers had it up too high, it did seem to sit pretty low on my beasts - not enough to expose anything - but it could be that I am a borderline C cup also...either way, I love it!
As a lady of well endowed chest I thought I would not have a problem with the cross strap. I was wrong - the cross strap is loose on me and I wear a C cup and have a fairly broad ribcage and shoulders. I ordered the XL which is a good fit around the waist (I as a size 12-14 and I must say if you want your corsets laced up flush in back you may want to consider the next size up if there is one) but the cross strap hung loose on me. It should have been adjustable and it is not (which is odd because the over the shoulder strap is adjustable on both ends which is great for adjusting that length). It's a great design, I just have a short list of modification I am planning on:
1) Replace the lace with something sturdier, like a 3 mm round cord
2) The cross strap is going to be altered, hemmed and sewn to lay flat across my bosom rather than flapping about. I may even go the cheaters route and use a safety pin to do this.
3) I personally am of the dirt/rust persuasion of Steam Punk so I plan on using some steel wool and paints to make mine look like I wore it through the desert. The faux leather is rather shiny. It is also thin so I plan on using steel wool to age and paint, rather than my sander and blow torch.
I am completely happy with my purchase though and think for the price and the animal friendliness of it, this is a great buy. Just be prepared to customize it upon arrival.
I love the style of this corset and the fit would be perfect except for the diagonal strap. I ordered a medium and am probably at the upper end of the medium range. For me, the strap still has a large gap. I will try to sew the strap to make it tighter, for there is at least 1.5 inches of excess.
I second the first reviewer, in that this corset was not made for those of us with smaller chests. I bought a medium because I am not otherwise a small person, and now I've tried it on, I not sure a small would have actually fit me--everything but the bust is perfect.
With strategic tightening and poking and prodding, the right side fits well enough, but because of the asymmetrical straps the left side isn't pulled as tightly against my chest, and it gapes. I will probably try modifying it, since I do love the design, and I have nothing to lose in doing so.
It's a shame you can't return them, but if you love the design as I did, it may be worth the risk!
If you are a very tiny girl, this item will not fit. I purchased this corset, and was very excited to get it, but after it was laced completely closed, it's still much too big on top. I have a small chest (solid A cup, but not quite B) and while I really wanted it to fit, I could still pull the top away from my chest quite some distance.
Also, I have a 28 inch waist uncorsetted, and I could close the laces all the way on this corset, and then put it on. It fit flush to my lower torso, but only when laced as closed as it would get.
Overall, if you're small/extra small, a small will not fit. If you're a small/medium, you have a good shot as long as you have a larger bosom.
On a positive note, I have a long torso, and am very happy to report that this item fits beautifully in that respect. The straps across the shoulder are fully adjustable in multiple places. I was able to fit them to my long torso so it looked wonderful.