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Underwear as outerwear - Corsets
Where to begin? There are so many wonderful possibilities with corsets as outerwear. You can wear a sleek and simple corset to give your outfit an elegant yet sexy look.
You can wear a pin-up girl style corset that gives your glam outfits that va-va-voom style. You can even wear a waist cincher as a belt over a dress, skirt or top.
With so many options in the world of corsets its hard to know wear to start! There are a myriad of ways to style corsets with your outerwear and its pretty simple to figure out what works and what doesn’t…. trial and error!
Grab the corset you want to wear out and a handful of accessories, tops and lingerie that go with the colour of your corset and start layering.
Try tops underneath, over the top and so on. Bras can look really cute underneath your corsets too, if you’re looking for a little extra texture and aren’t a huge fan of a strapless lines, wear a matching bra.
It can actually really add to the corset in ways you wouldn’t necessarily expect!
Now that you have your fabulously styled outfit, corset included, here are a few helpful tips for the fundamentals of wearing a corset out.
Everyone is different however, these are the things I have found most people, myself included, find problematic.
There are a myriad of ways to style corsets with your outerwear and its pretty simple to figure out what works and what doesn’t…. trial and error!
Will you be sitting or standing?
If you will be sitting for the majority of the duration of the event you are attending, a corset may dig into your upper thighs and this can be rather uncomfortable depending on where your corset ends on your body.
If you’re unsure, do a sitting test at home, pop your corset on and sit at your dining table for a few minutes to get an idea of how you may feel. However, like shoes, testing the experience for a few minutes does not give a realistic idea of how it will feel after an entire evening of wear.
Bras can look really cute underneath your corsets too, if you’re looking for a little extra texture and aren’t a huge fan of a strapless lines, wear a matching bra. It can actually really add to the corset in ways you wouldn’t necessarily expect!
Will you be eating?
If you’re planning on eating at the event you’re attending in your corset, I would think long and hard about how much you plan to eat (i.e.; canapés vs a three course meal) and how you feel eating that amount in some of your tighter pants.
I know this is probably not what you had in mind when you thought you’d wear you corset out but its not always glamorous. Best to run through these questions now than get to an event and have to find someone to loosen your corset so you can eat/breathe!
How much do you need to move?
Corsets are certainly not something that work for all events, if you’re at a children’s party running around in your steel boned corset you will have a hard time chasing after the kids!
As you get used to wearing a corset you’ll have a better idea of what works for you and what you find comfortable, as everyone is different. To me corsets are not incredibly comfortable, as I do not wear them often, so I find them appropriate for formal or cocktail events. Somewhere I will most likely be standing for the majority of the evening and only eating nibbles, if that.
To some, corsets are part of their everyday-wear and they are used to the restriction in their movements or have found ways around it.
Will your other clothes fit?
This may seem silly like a silly question, but if you’re wearing a steel boned corset, once done up, the size of your waist and shape will change! This means any clothes you wear on your waist, such as a pencil skirt, may not fit the same as usual.
For this reason I try to invest in a few skirts which are made of stretch fabric, this way they only need to stretch to the size of my waist in said corset and it will still look good. Whereas my more structure pencil skirts tend to gape at my waist by about 2 inches when worn with a steel boned corset.
If you’re hoping to purchase a skirt or piece specifically to be worn with your corset, then I would suggest taking that corset in with you to try with the item you are purchasing or are having fitted.
Do you need someone to lace you up?
If you’re anything like me, if theres no one around to lace you into your corset, then you simply cannot wear it. I believe this to be true for most people but if you’re able to do it up yourself, why not! Just make sure if you need a hand you have planned in advance to have someone around when you get ready for your event.
I think that just about covers it. Hopefully you are now ready to head out and have fun in your beautiful corset!
1. Black Overbust Corset by Emma’s Corsets
This corset is so versatile I simply cannot get enough of it. Its fairly simple in its design however, the ribbed texture over the breast section really makes this corset stand apart from the usual classic black corsets.
2. Audrey Plunge Overbust corset by Ava Corsetry
There is something about this corset that just makes me think of Jessica Rabbit! The deep sweetheart neckline, the red satin and that little velvet belt with some sparkle just to add to the overall look! It ends in a v-shape which makes it ideal for outerwear in case you find yourself sitting, it shouldn’t dig into your legs.
3. La Cage Dorée Martingale style collared corset by Orchid Corsetry
This corset certainly makes a statement, depending on how out there you want your corset to be, this is a really beautiful option. The colours, the details, everything about this corset is just that little bit different in all the right ways!
xo Amber Von Blonde