Bustier tops are traditionally not only fitted but constructed like their lingerie precursors. They give you a shape (and hold it-always a good thing,) look sexy and finished. Neither midriffs nor merely strapless blouses qualify. A wide range of quality exists. Many of this year’s best models extend past the waist to peplum interpretation.
Think of it a gift wrapping yourself. This version hugs the torso in a less obvious way than most making it rather feminine. Cheerful, but non-screaming color. Features a sweetheart neckline with detachable shoestring straps and a wide trim. Wrap design with layered, folded, ribbon detail and box pleated peplum panel. Exposed zipper closure at the back. $39.77
Sophisticated and on trend, the print makes this one. An urban translation-looks right with the latest strappy sandals and a really interesting handbag. Book Eleven Madison. Sweetheart neckline, adjustable shoulder straps, back zipper closure. Animal print morphs into hounds tooth print with almost frilly peplum. Very pale pink and black. Cotton/elastane. Fully lined. On sale $664.99
Left: Strapless Peplum Bustier- Flattering color, attractive, uncomplicated line. A go-to top for skirts, pants or shorts. Dress it up or down. Ready for the beach or local village dining. Probably not for anyone long-waisted. Sweetheart neckline, topstitched, boned bodice, ruched peplum. Exposed back zipper fastening. Silk charmeuse. Also available in a bright red. $187.00
Right: Embroidered Bustier- Extremely ladylike. The unbroken silhouette of this version cannot help but flatter your figure. Delicate and patrician in appearance. Dresses up anything. White bustier embellished with grosgrain ribbon and scrolling embroidery in sea hues. Includes removable, adjustable straps. Hourglass bustier construction includes boning and inner silhouette elastic band that prevents the back from shifting. Zipper fastening with hook and eye closure at the back. Side vents. Fully lined. $108.00
Sometimes the simplest pieces are the most difficult to find. You’re likely to wear this wardrobe investment to death. Well made in a fashionable and practical fabric, it will coordinate with simply everything. Go Asian monochrome, tapestry hues, or jewel colors. Great with bone, wood, or natural woven accessories. Stone color. Underwire cups, boning throughout. Zipper fastening at the back. Fully lined. On sale $460.00 (50% off). Opening photo.
Extremely flirty, this pink bustier is like wearing a wink. Keep the bottom simple-there’s enough going on here-pencil skirt or pants-no pockets, no sashes. Crystal jewelry. 100% cotton with floral Broderie Anglaise design. Strapless styling. Sweetheart neckline with ruffled trim that ties at the center. Contoured seams. Low cut back with concealed zipper closure. Form fitting and structured. On sale $119.30
Inspired by pre-Raphaelite romanticism, this buster is unusual in both fabrication and drape. Again, the simplest bottom please. This will look grand with skirts and pants made of thin materials-silk or chiffon- or with less structured linen. Woven gold tree design on the laced up back with traditional ribbon and eyelet fastening. Draped chiffon front panel with a fixed gold waist. Fully boned. On sale $73.00
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