In the past, corsets were considered apparel for behind closed doors.
In the 18th century, they were viewed as an iconic sacrifice in order to respect the times’ beauty canon. Two decades later, fashion embraced whittled waistlines, flowing fabrics, and risqué fashion choices–and the corset was pushed to the back of the lingerie wardrobe. Fast forward to 2017, and we find ourselves back to a reinvented version of lingerie turned fashion – this time on top of the ensemble. What a time to be alive!
So now we ask ourselves: how do corsets fit into the fashion world today? Is this a fickle celeb moment, a quintessential “man-repeller,” or is this a trend that can translate to everyday outfits with ease and style?
Although I have been a stylist for years, I always seem to stand back and absorb a trend before jumping on the bandwagon. I certainly have my own stylist approach, but more importantly, I am much more conservative when it comes to my own style choices.
Here is my scoop on how to incorporate previously behind-the-scenes apparel into your everyday wear.
STYLING TIP 1:
Think outside the obvious corset–size does not matter! Thin, small, or full-bodied, the options are endless.
In my opinion, the key is layering. The easiest option would be to start simple with a basic corset over a plain, rolled-sleeve tee. Make sure you’re wearing a thin seamless bra (or have perfectly perky boobs). Think sleek simple, and flattering.
STYLING TIP 2:
It’s all about mixing styles. Pick a corset and top combo that’s sexy, lacy, and appropriately sheer (no nip slips), and pair it with something more casual like track pants or baggy jeans. This keeps the look understated and effortless, but still oozes sex appeal. Or, amp up the adventure and try one over a sweater or overcoat.
NOTE: Do not wear a corset with something short and tight. This will create what we like to call “The Pretty Woman look”–pre-Richard Gere.
STYLING TIP 3:
Finally we have the corset belts, which made an appearance on the Spring 2017 runways, most notably at Balenciaga, Isabel Marant, Balmain, and Loewe. The corset-style belt is an easy afterthought to any outfit. You don’t have to coordinate your look around the belt, just use it to add a bit of flair to a basic ensemble that needs a bit of fire.
So now the final question: At the end of the day, runway or not, are you willing to be cinched up?