Summary: Designers have freed the corsets from historical baggage and are using them to add a touch of glamour and elegance to casual outfits. The key is to balance the form-fitting nature of the corset top with more relaxed and comfortable pieces and to accessorize in a way that adds a touch of personal style.
The corset brings Victorian women's images alive where it was meant to be a cinching outfit to enhance the tiny waist. For modern women, its constricting underpinning made the style least comfortable and was a deterrent to wider adoption. But that seems to be changing. The designers have re-imagined this boudoir-inspired staple with iterations that include comfortable fabric, imaginative detailing, and new textures and prints.
Away from the slimming down of a woman’s waist silhouettes, celebrities like Bella Hadid and Dua Lipa normalized the idea of wearing oversized blazers and vintage jeans. On the streets, the bustier took various innovative shapes, it was layered over everyday dresses like buttoned-down shirts and printed dresses. As a new style, the corset has shed its 19th-century stigma and has become the darling of modern women's stylebooks.
From pairing it with high-waisted jeans or shorts to layering a denim or leather jacket to accessorizing with statement jewelry, brands have different ways to make the corset top work for a more relaxed and everyday look. Designers have quite a task at hand in designing bustiers for women, running errands, meeting friends for brunch, or just wanting to add a touch of glamour to their everyday wardrobe.
Let’s look at the innovative way in which the corset is styled for a casual look. Brands can pick an inspiration or two on how to style the corsets.
One way to style a corset top for a casual look is to pair it with high-waisted jeans or shorts. The combination helps balance out the form-fitting nature of the corset, creating a more relaxed and casual overall look. Wearing a corset top with a pair of ripped or distressed jeans can create an edgier look.
The SS 2023 could see a lot of denim corsets with a light jacket thrown over. The Prada denim corset top can be combined with any jeans for a great casual look. Diesel, the denim major, has experimented with tailored denim shirts constructed with corset detailing, a perfect fit for any everyday outing.
Layering a corset top over a denim or leather jacket is another great option. This adds an edge to the outfit and helps tone down the corset's formal feel. Layering a corset top over a t-shirt or a simple blouse creates a more casual and relaxed look. This can be an excellent option for a more everyday look, as it allows wearing the corset top more subtly.
For a bohemian vibe, a flowy maxi skirt can be worn with a corset top. This adds a touch of femininity to the look and creates a unique and effortless outfit. Integrating it with a dress is another way to raise the style quotient. It could be a must-have dress in most style books.
Accessorizing with a statement necklace or earrings is a great way to draw attention to the face and add some sparkle to the corset. Adding a pair of sneakers or ankle boots to the outfit will make it more comfortable and casual. Adding a fedora or a wide-brimmed hat to the outfit can create an effortless look.
Any billowy dress can be shaped into a figure-hugging one by pairing it with an underbust corset. The dicey outfit will serve the same purpose as the belt, accentuating the waistline in a casual street-style manner. The laser-cut leather belt from the house of Dior is a case in point.
Pairing a corset top with a pencil skirt can create a more professional look. This gives a touch of sophistication to the outfit. One way to make the corset more work-friendly is by wearing it over a tailored jacket. Designers can take a leaf out of Christian John Rogers's top-stitched corset.
Some celebrities like Beyonce have gone ahead and experimented with color corset coordinates in keeping with seasons’ bright hues. It can be monochromatic as well. There’s no need for pieces to match perfectly, but a similarity should be intentional.
Corsets were a major hit last season and are not going anywhere soon, considering they made remarkable runway appearances at SS23 fashion shows last year. The key is how to style corsets for wider appeal. Designers have to understand that the key is to balance the form-fitting nature of the corset top with more relaxed and comfortable pieces and to accessorize in a way that adds a touch of personal style.
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