Corsets were a popular fashion trend in the 1800s designed to create a sexy hourglass figure by pulling in the waist and augmenting bust and hips. Today, corsets are growing in popularity again and can be worn both under or over clothes, as a top or a dress in itself. Apart from being a major fashion statement, they also give the appearance of killer curves. Here are five fabulous ways you can wear them:
1. Corsets and Skirts
Corsets can also be worn with different skirts. Team them with a high waisted pencil skirt in the same colour to fake the appearance of a dress or wear it with a different colour to make it pop. You can also wear it with a full circle skirt, making a classic style look extremely sexy. However, be careful while wearing a corset with a mini skirt. The corset itself is loud enough so make sure to tone it down a little.
2. Corset dress
Corset dresses are popping up everywhere in different shapes, styles and colours. These are perfect to enhance your curves. They are simple but certainly make a very effective statement.You can also wear your corset over a plain, boring dress to instantly jazz it up. Wear a floral corset over your plain white dress or a leather corset over your patterned unflattering dress. Don’t be afraid to experiment with various materials, bold patterns, colours.
3. Corset and Jeans
Wear it as a top with jeans to make it a sexy feature piece for an evening out. If worn with high-waisted jeans it looks like a jumpsuit-with-attitude. If you don’t feel comfortable exposing your arms or shoulders, then throw on a jacket or a blazer. Go for different fabrics, from cotton to steel-boned. Wearing corsets can enhance your femininity and confidence. Make sure you buy them according to your body shape and type to ensure they’re effective, comfortable. Nail the season’s hottest Kardashian inspired trend and make heads turn!
4. Underbust Corsets
Underbust corsets are worn just below the bust and usually end at the beginning of your lap. They are very versatile but look particularly good when worn with a black or white frilly shirt. You can also wear them with almost any dress or skirt to give your bust a lift as well as the illusion of a slimmer waist. A classic piece of clothing like this is a great investment and a must-have.
Corsets can also be a part of your bridal costume. Wear it under your bridal gown or over it to create a classic hourglass shape. A corset made up of smooth polyester, satin or nylon will work best under a gown. Opt for a pale pink or white corset so you can match your skin tone perfectly under a sheer bridal dress. It will definitely be unique and sex-up traditional bridalwear.
Rebecca Siggers is an avid reader who enjoys getting lost in the world of books. Holding on to her passion for fitness, she is also caught by the fashion bug. She has been writing for True Corset for some time now. A traveller by heart, she enjoys meeting new people and experiencing new cultures.
Happy days! English country weddings would not be complete without a downpour, lakes of mud and a marquee that tips a freezing water down your back as you tuck into the wedding cake. This year, why not spare those expensive Louboutin heels and get some stylish wedding wellies that will not detract from your sartorial élan (unless a good mud wrestle is part of the plan...)
Three cheers for the great brown British wedding!
24th April is the start of Fashion Revolution Week, a global movement which celebrates fashion as a positive influence and celebrating brands who are on a journey to create a more ethical and sustainable future for fashion. 24th April commemorates the Rana Plaza disaster in Dhaka, a terrible day in 2013 when a building housing sweat shops collapsed killing 1,134 and injuring 2,500. To see who made your boots check out About Spats #whomademyclothes
In the meantime we're celebration the top 10 sustainable fashion brands we love:
Born out of disaster, Deux Mains is an employee-owned footwear company in Port-au-Prince, that was set up in the wake of the terrible 2010 earthquake in Haiti. REBUILD Globally provided the start-up capital and the founders and their artisan partners did all the rest. They make beautiful sandals and slip-ons out of upcycled tyres, locally sourced leather and steadfast dyes. They recently collaborated with Kenneth Cole. Prices from £30 - £60.
Proud to be “genuinely not leather”, Beyond Skin have been injecting a little glamour into the vegan shoe market since 2012 with theirs super-cute faux leather shoes. Dynamic duo Natalie Dean and Heather Whittle set up the brand with a passion to change the footwear industry. They're serious about reducing their carbon footprint by sourcing fabrics locally to their factories in Spain. Prices ranging from £95 - £135.
Catwalk meets traditional African footwear made by tribesmen. Using local, sustainably sourced leather from kudu, rabbit or springbok hide, organic cotton and sustainably sourced components (the classic Maasai sandal is made from discarded tyres), this right-on US brand is making strides and creating employment opportunities in Southern Africa.
Asher and Galahad Clark, two cousins related to the famous footwear family, set out to create "the perfect shoe", starting with a supple and carefully engineered rubber sole which allows the foot to function as a foot should. They are committed to being fully sustainable throughout the production chain, although they admit they aren’t there yet, despite having sold 1M pairs since launching in 2012. You can buy a piece of their success via their CrowdCube campaign.
This husband and wife team from Brooklyn started making their woven shoes in Guatemala with one cobbler. Now with 30 employees, they’ve widened their range and use reused materials from thift stores as well as Latin American fair trade woven fabric. $100 - $200.
The world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing factory, Oliberte bring fair employment to sub-Saharan Africa. They make lovely soft wild goat leather shoes from moccasins to slip ons from $79 to $150 .They now have their own factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. “We believe in empowerment, transparency, and doing right by all.”
Sandals for yoga bunnies… two brothers whose families come from Kerala launched a flexible rubber flip flop based on an ancient Indian sandal and make it with rubber from their families' rubber farms. They also plant a tree for every pair sold. Cool.
Inspired by recycling and the 3D printing revolution, these are shoes which are made from removable, recyclable components, designed to break into parts so that when your heels wear out you can simply clip a new one on, or if you feel like a two-tone look you can re-accessorise your basic trainer. The designs are a bit clunky but the vision - to reduce landfill and save energy - is admirable.
A French company who have been making the coolest retro looking trainers out of eco and sustrainable materials for 10 years. The shoes are made in Brazil and use wild Amazonian rubber soles and recycled cotton. Euro 75 – 200.
This London based company make classic shoes which are 100% vegan, PETA approved and made by their factory in Portugal. Worn by Natalie Portman and Bryan Adams!
We love Marks and Spencer's first sustainable trainer not because of the way it looks (the floral design is a bit tame) but because the high street giant has pushed the boat out with this model using a flexi sole which uses rice husks, a lining made from recycled coffee grounds and recycled plastics and PU foam inside the leather outer (which comes from gold standard tanneries). And they are committed to the sustainable brand.
If you're still vacillating about Christmas presents take a look at what Charlotte Abrahams from FT's How to Spend It has to say...
We love this fashion blog by the incredible Boyer Family Singers, three sisters from Ohio who have more flair for putting cute vintage outfits together than the costume department of BBC1's Call the Midwife. Go Girls!
What do the Boyer sisters say about their new ankle wellies? "Overall we girls are amazed at the wonderful quality and vintage style of Spats Boots. They aren’t just a pair of shoes that look vintage, they have the quality of true vintage as well, which makes them worth every penny."
Charlotte styled her Spats in a way that I like to term French Resistance. Maybe it’s the beret or the military green, but something about her outfit just reminded me so much of a young lady from 1940s France. Charlotte also created nice rhythm in her outfit by echoing the red of her Spats Boots in both her purse and in her choice of lipstick color. By echoing a color or theme one to two times in your outfit, as Charlotte did here, it helps to draw your eye up to the face of the wearer, while also creating a cohesive ensemble.
Well not to Chelsea...actually just around the corner from our offices in Ridley Road market, Dalston.
Our marketing assistant Elizabeth models the smart new Spats Chelsea boot which will be launched in the spring.
Talk about the Weather ltd are delighted to have been able to help Water for Africa with a large donation of Spats ankle boots for women working in agriculture and horticultural projects in remote and deprived villages. “Footwear is such an important and forgotten commodity in Africa” says Sheryl Greentree, CEO and Co-Founder of Water for Africa. “Women are walking miles every day to not only collect water, they are working for hours on end in the fields to grow vital food for their families and their communities. We forget that women’s feet not only need protection, but in the rainy seasons, their traditional footwear is poor and inadequate. The wonderful donation of Spats will make a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of women. We are truly delighted for our beneficiaries. They are beautiful and very practical boots from an ethical company”.
The collaboration was facilitated by InKindDirect.
(still from Water for Africa's award-winning documentary film 'Marathon Walker'