I’m not going to lie, I’m skeptical of any trend where the poster child is a Jenner/Kardashian/West. But, when power-players like Prada, Balenciaga, and Isabel Marant churned out waist whittling corsets, I’m willfully obliged.
It might seem odd that an accessory once associated with suffocation, broken ribs, and male dominance is now the fixture of the fashion in-crowd, however, what is fashion if it isn’t taking something unexpected and making it new again.
So, how is this once Victorian undergarment translated in 2017? It is all about layering. Pair the corset over a blazer, dress, white tee, or starchy button up. The contrast of the feminine and form fitting corset with a structured or loose underpinning creates interest. Stick to a neutral palate like black, navy, or white—this goes for the bodice and layering pieces. A classic color story will keep the look chic and sophisticated, not-costumey.
Go ahead, get waisted and let the compliments roll in. Shop my picks below.