Corsets have been in the world of fashion for hundreds of years. Throughout the years corsets have been considered as innerwear, outerwear and sexy lingerie. Since corsets are making a comeback most women are curious about corsets but dubious about trying them out as corsets had been connected with burlesque dancers and can-can dancers etc. But you can integrate a corset to your everyday outfits as a classy top as well.
A full skirt is ideal to give the hourglass shape
A skirt and a corset can give your body a voluptuous look and feel more womanly. Especially if you wear a full skirt together with a corset it will give you the hourglass shape. This is a great look if you are a full figured woman. You can really flaunt your curves elegantly. If you are more in the slimmer side you can go for a full skirt as well as a pencil skirt to rock your slim look. Complete the look with a pair of high heels and you are ready to go for a night out.
With a dark pair of jeans and blazer jacket
If you are planning to go out in a pair of jeans it can be very well coupled with a corset as well. Try a dark pair of jeans preferably the snugly type that highlights your hips together with a bright coloured corset. Adding a blazer style jacket will look adorable and most suitable for day time. If you are thinking of going out in the evening you can wear the same outfit together with heels.
A unique look with a dress
Yes. You can wear a corset with a dress. In the recent past this look was made popular by most of the Hollywood leading ladies on the red carpet. Wear the corset with a form fitting dress with a full skirt at the bottom. If you wear a corset in a contrasting colour your dress will be highlighted. You can finish the look with a pair of matching heels.
Corsets are making a coming back. Most of female celebrities are sporting them and maybe you are wondering if it is for you and wondering if you should dip your toes in the world of corsets. They are not all about Victorian times or burlesque dancers. You can create an entire outfit integrating this sexy piece of garment. Most of the corsets we spot are burlesque type corsets that are embellished with lots of flashy elements. But there are toned down classy versions of corsets that you can wear for a night out as well. There are various ways to wear a corset and sport an edgy fashion sense. Here are some ways you can pair up a corset with your ordinary garments.
Over a cotton top or a blouse
Lacing up a corset or a blouse can work very well. Corsets may feel uncomfortable when it is tightly laced. But if you wear it over a cotton top or a blouse you can tightly lace it but still feel comfortable. A leather corset is an ideal option when you want to wear one over a top. The sleek leather and the feminine feel of the blouse will be an interesting combination.
Try with Pants
Do not worry about pairing a corset with a pair of jeans or any slim fitting pant. It is a cool outfit you can wear anywhere. Tight pants will highlight your heavenly hips and give you a sexy look. But make sure that you choose a corset that slightly overlaps the waistline of your pants. Generally a corset is designed to extend beyond the waistline. So even if you wear a low waist pants still it will work well with the pants.
Together with vintage clothing styles
If vintage clothing style is your thing you can easily wear them with a corset. Typically a vintage dress such as those from the 50’s has natural waistline and a fitted bodice. You can wear a corset under such a dress to give the perfect body shape to flaunt your voluptuous body. The full skirt of the dress will help you to carefully conceal the corset laces at the back.
With a Long skirt
Do you want to show your sweet side but also wear a corset? Yes, you can do that. Wear a long skirt made of a fabric such as taffeta together with a corset for the perfect balanced combination. It will be perfect ensemble to rock adorable but sexy side of you.
Did you know the history of corsets dates back to ancient civilisations? As surprising as it may sound women have been wearing corsets almost since the beginning of time. There were illustrations of corsets uncovered at a Neolithic archaeological site in Norfolk, England. The illustrations clearly depicted women wearing bodices that appeared to be made of animal skins. Just like modern corsets, the ancient corsets also had laced ties. On the same site there were some stone dolls unearthed which were also clad in corsets made from animal skins. Paintings of women in corsets have been found in other ancient civilisations in Greece, Egypt and Rome. Historians claim that women of that era engaged in very physically demanding activities such as bullfighting and gymnastics, hence the corsets were worn to provide the body support for such vigorous activities.
The word corset derives from the French word “corps” which means body. The garment had tight cinching made to cover the middle torso. In the 16th and 17th centuries, women wore them to push up or flatten (in some cases both) the breasts, and to tighten the waist to gain a seductive hourglass figure. The corsets are usually laced at the back where a lace was passed through eyelets. Lacing could be done from top to bottom or vice versa depended on the fashion trends prevailing at the time. Some corsets were designed with two laces starting from the top and bottom and laced from both ends to meet in the middle. By tightening or loosening the lace the required firmness of the corset was gained, giving support to the torso to provide a statuesque posture and to shape the body. Heavy dresses were in high fashion during this period therefore the corset provided much welcome assistance to women in distributing the weight of the abundant materials of their lavish garments.
The body cinching corsets of this era were made of layered fabric, mostly from linen or linen-cotton blends which were stiffened with glue. Some corsets which date back to this period have been found to be made with a structure of steel or iron, although such extreme designs weren’t considered to be mainstream fashion of that time. Historians believe these metal structures were created as experimental designs or more likely for orthopedic reasons.
During this period you could differentiate the social status of a woman by the corset she wore. If a woman wore a corset not only did she have a stunning hourglass figure, she also expressed her social status, as the corset was considered a symbol of beauty and wealth. Privileged women wore brighter, better fitting and more decorative clothes. Women who were not blessed with a high social status also wore corsets but they were far less elegant and not worn as tight as the noble women, understandably, to provide the mobility to get on with their cumbersome day to day activities.
Throughout the ages corsets have played an important role in the lives of noble women, helping them to achieve a particular fashionable look as well as maintain social standards and class distinction.
Do you know what makes a good corset? The structure, lacing, fabric and measurements must all be considered when making your purchase. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect corset to give you the seductive body shape you’ve always wanted.
First of all be sure to identify the best bodice for your corset. The boning should always snap back and shouldn’t bend. A well structured corset will not fold when you wear it as it should be strong enough to keep your body in firm shape. For a long lasting corset choose steel boning over weaker plastic boning options.
If you are contemplating buying a lace-up corset you should test the strength of the laces. Depending on the corset you choose, some may come with a thicker lace and others with a soft ribbon passed through like shoe strings. Check by firmly pulling on the tie up material to test its strength and potential durability.
The real purpose of a corset is to give support and structure. When a corset is made of pretty fabrics without quality supporting fabric it is more of a fashion bodice than a true corset. Be careful to select lining fabrics such as canvas or thick taffeta in order to provide support and retain a firm structure to the garment. Pull on the corset in different directions while holding the material with both hands. If the fabric stretches or the stitching feels loose it is very unlikely to provide the required body support.
Do not use your dress size as a guide to buy corsets. Take the exact measurement of your waist and then choose a corset one size smaller than your waist size. This will help you to enhance your curves for a fabulous hourglass figure.
Do not skimp when you buy your next corset. Invest in a high quality corset to get the maximum benefits of elegant style that will last and last. If you go for a very cheaply made corset you may only get a few wears out of it before the structure degrades. You will undoubtedly get what you pay for, so treat yourself, you’re worth it!
The quick answer is YES! But it’s a beautiful thing. Few men and women consider matchstick thin figures truly sexy. After the waif fashions of recent years, there’s been a shift in the concept of the ideal body shape of a woman and curves are definitely back! Having a larger rear and bigger hips are considered super sexy again.
There are all sorts of corset styles available and it’s a matter of choosing the right design features to highlight the curves of your hips. Even if you’re slim, you can create curves that are otherwise barely visible. Regardless of your body shape a corset can shape you and accentuate your curves giving you a stunning look and make you feel more womanly, beautiful and confident.
Search below for your natural body type and the best corset style to shape your body and create those heavenly hips:
Slim and Straight
Your bust line and hips are evenly proportioned with medium or large breasts and your waist is either small or not well defined. If you have this body shape you can wear almost any type of corset. A corset will give you an hourglass figure as your waistline will become smaller creating the illusion of larger hips.
Tall and Slender
If you are above 5 and half feet or taller in height, with an average bust line and no visible curves you fall into this category. Typically this body type has a long torso, therefore long boned corsets are ideal to define your waistline. These corsets will highlight a slim waist, provide extra support and boost to your bust and enhance your hips. You will look magnificent in a form fitting or strapless dress.
You have a small stature with a shorter torso and a fuller figure. Corsets will work wonders on your waist. Find a well fitting corset to accentuate the hour glass shape. Your full figure will be best supported by a boned corset, easily making your waist smaller and highlighting your rounded hips.
The lower portion of your body is larger than the upper portion. You probably have a small to average bust size and a corset will help create the illusion of a bigger bust to balance out your larger hips. Ideally a slimming corset will also lift the bust and elongate your torso for a more elegant look.
Some women naturally have an hourglass shape, with perfectly balanced bust and hips and a well defined waistline. If you are one of the lucky ones, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the beauty of corsets. Although you are already blessed with the body shape that most women wish for, any style of corset will further highlight your natural assets.