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With both the renaissance of early 2000s fashion and shows like “Bridgerton” gaining popularity, the return of the trendy corset was inevitable. Fashion gurus and everyday folks alike are excited about their return. “Most modern manufactured corsets on the market today could be considered ‘fashionable tops’ compared to a corset with a pattern that includes waist reduction to alter your silhouette. The art of corsetry is quite glamorous, so I am happy they have come back into style,” explains seamstress and TikTok star Kricket Luckow (via Nylon). Drag queens and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” can also be credited for their rise in popularity.
No longer used exclusively as shapewear, corsets are today’s coolest fashion staple. Corsets are back and bigger than ever, and it truly shows across social media. On Instagram alone, #corset has almost three million posts. Seemingly every brand is selling its own version of the fashionable corset, from luxury brand Gucci to fast-fashion brands like PrettyLittleThing. On TikTok, one Amazon corset went viral and quickly became Amazon’s #1 best-selling bustier with over 4,000 reviews and 4.5 stars.
Celebrities have been consistently adoring the corseted look as well, even wearing it on red carpets. In fact, Olivia Rodrigo’s Grammy dress was even a corset-inspired Vivienne Westwood gown (via Instagram). Luckily, you don’t need to be a celebrity to rock the corset look! Here are five innovative ways to incorporate trendy corsets into your wardrobe.
Business casual baddie
Instagram’s favorite way to wear the corset trend seems to be over an oversized button-down. Whether as a dress or with pants, this look will make you appear a business casual baddie. This is also a great way to stay covered if you are looking for a more modest way to wear the corset trend. Even Gigi Hadid was seen sporting this look before it even became the mega-trend it is today (via ET).
If you are looking to make a red carpet-worthy look with a corset without looking like you just stepped out of a Charles Dickens novel, know that it’s possible! Corset dresses were the hottest trend at the Met Gala 2022, but you do not need a full Met Gala look to be stunning in a corset. Simply try a mini dress with a built-in bustier or place a unique corset over a dress. Leather corsets are a fun way to elevate a dress as evidenced by Bella Hadid at the 2022 Met Gala (via the Daily Mail).
If you want to look like you are straight out of Disney’s “Snow White,” corsets can make that dream a reality! Cottagecore is all about embracing the art of simple living, domestication, and self-sufficiency, much like living was in the time corsets were originally worn. Corsets over peasant-style dresses are one of the best ways to get the ultimate cottagecore it-girl look (via YouTube). From floral corsets to pink lace corsets, there is something for everyone’s wannabe cottagecore wardrobe.
True Y2K style
All of our early 2000s style icons, including Christina Aguilera and Avril Lavigne, were once rocking the corset trend. Today, modern fashion icons like Olivia Rodrigo and Gigi Hadid are bringing back the Y2K way to wear corsets. When corsets first re-gained popularity, they were worn with low-rise bottoms or denim. In fact, Bella Hadid was seen rocking the hottest vintage find, a 1990s Vivienne Westwood corset, back in 2019. In true 2000s fashion, it was complete with baggy low-rise pants and a mini shoulder bag (via Star Style).
Casual girl on the go
It may be hard to believe, but a corset can be casual. A corset paired over an oversized t-shirt sounds wild, but celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner have proved that it can actually be super cute (via the Daily Mail). Dress the look up or down as much as needed. For example, wear the corset and t-shirt combo as a dress with heels and cute accessories for a night out. For a casual grocery run, wear your corset over an oversized tee with leggings and chunky sneakers. No matter what you do, just make the corset your own, and you’ll great.