On Trend: Corset-Influenced Fashion

If you’ve never worn a  corset, you’re denying yourself an hourglass figure whatever your size. Some gowns have them built in. Contemporary interpretations utilize elastic fabric and/or flexible boning unlike that of the past. Fainting is no longer thought feminine. In the last few years crisscross nipping in of the waist has frequented fashion lines. (Bustier looks that also derive from lingerie are not corsets.) Remember, when the waist goes in, hips are proportionally emphasized. Corsets are now worn over blouses, built into the outer part of dresses and used as decoration on tops.

White on White

Left: Soprano Corset Poplin Button Down Blouse– Classic poplin button down shirt with point collar, long sleeves with button cuffs, hidden front button closure, front lace-up corset detail. Crisp and waist defining. $24.97

Center: The Selah Corset– A flirty ruffled corset to be worn over tops- featuring pleats, ruffles, and a gathered fit; invisible zipper and hook and eye closure. Cotton/elastane/sateen. Lined. Bespoke. 6 colors with a few at additional cost. Play with this. $129.00 – $5 of each sale is donated to UN Women and Plan International 

Not Shown: Black Fleur du Mal Knit Corset Button Top– wearable outside blouses or as a sexy top $225.00      

Right: 3.1 Phillip Lim Lace-Up Poplin Trimmed Cotton Top– A basic with distinction. Cotton-jersey tee cinched at the waist by corset lacing. $150.00   

Black & White

Left: City Lights Corset Dress– Short and young, but then you might be just the girl. White tee dress has a comfy fit and a black lace-up waist belt that hugs tight. Belt-polyester. $48.00

Right: Caroline Constas Leather Corset Button-Front Poplin Shirt– Tradition made contemporary. Slightly, off-the-shoulder neckline. Spread collar; button front. Long sleeves; French cuffs. Slim silhouette. Yoked back with shirring. Arched hem. Cotton. $495.00

Grey Scale

Left: TOPSHOP Twist Lace-Up Off the Shoulder Dress– Feminine and very today. Sophisticated, slim-fitting midi dress with short sleeves, inset waist, back closure. Unlined (slip please) viscose/nylon/elastane. Machine wash, lay dry. Sale $52.97     

Center: NYTT Riley Corset Sweatshirt– Heather. French Terry for comfort. Pullover sweatshirt style. Waist-length style. Crew neck. Lace-up at front. 100% cotton. $80.00

Right: Jonathan Simkhai Loopback Whip Stitch Corset– Another piece for over tops, this one gracefully shaped to flatter. Body-con silhouette . Cropped profile. Hook-and-eye at front. 100% cotton. $325.00

Ever Black

Left: Jonathan Simkhai Ruched Cotton V Neck Corseted Blouse– Kind of a showstopper without screaming. Cotton knit. Waist-length style with v neck. Hook-and-eye at front. 100% cotton. Edgy but womanly. $495.00

Center: Castin’ Spells Corset Top– Definitely a bit witchy. Black off the shoulder top has long flowy sleeves and a lace-up front detail. $30.00  

Right: Nancyshome Black White Plaid Print Lace Up Flare Sleeve Corset Blouse- Boat Neck. Flare Sleeve; Printed plaid, lace up. 100% cotton. Fresh looking. $35.99

Dresses left to right

Marchessa Notte Embellished Hi-Lo Corset GownWowza. Corset dress embellished with floral details and feathers; lace hem. Adjustable spaghetti straps. Concealed back zipper. Corset waist. Lace hem. Lined polyester. About 43″ from shoulder to hem. $1295.00

Apsel Gothic Corset Dress– Medieval. Bespoke and meticulously constructed. Authentic Steel Boned Maroon Brocade & Black Satin. 12 Spiral Steel Bone, 2 Flat Steel Bone. Striking contrast between the beautiful maroon brocade and the black silk skirt is romantic. Lining: 100% Cotton. Front Opening: Side Zipper. Sale $49.00  

Gothic Cross Lace Panel Corset Dress – Black, purple, or red- When you have spirit enough to lead the pack. Sexy design features cross lace-up corset at waist and lace panel with bowknot collar. Overlay styling. Black lining. Mid calf. Fun! Sale $48.39  

Cinq a Sept Demia Lace-Up Corset Midi Dress– Seductive but not advertising.  Satin bowed corset tie below bust of slim midi dress. Concealed side zipper. Deep v neck. Lined polyester/viscose/elastane. Sale $133.00    

Not Shown: Red BADGLEY MISCHKA Strapless Lace Up Gown sale $199.99 

Not Shown: Red Altuzarra Adriana Corset Dress Sale $598.50 


Left: ASOS Premium Heavy Rib Pencil Dress With CorsetBright Coral. Mid weight, fully lined, ribbed polyester/elastane. Square neck, Lace-up corset detail. Zipper back with hook-and-eye fastening. Kick split. Slim fit – cut close to the body. Machine wash. Sale $28.50

Right: Off the Shoulder Corset Top– A go-to item when the season changes. Black off the shoulder top with short sleeves and a lace-up corset detail on the front. Wear with everything. $28.00

The items featured in this article have been chosen by the editors of Woman Around Town simply because we like them and think you may, too. No advertising fees have been paid to Woman Around Town for this article.