3 Styles of Fashion Corsets for Fall 2017 & Winter 2018
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
If you were born genetically lucky and you have womanly curves in all the right places, one of the cutest trends I've seen this year is fashion corsets and bustiers over tops. Even if you are a woman who’s straight up and down (flat as a board like most of the models in these photos), you can manufacture some beautiful curves for yourself with this fun style.
Hey, it's also an affordable trend. Most of us can afford a new belt.
And, most of us can find a belt that fits, especially if the belt is made with the great, easy-to-size feature of lacing.
Can Women Over 50 Wear Fashion Corsets?
Just about any woman of any age can wear corset belts, as long as the woman uses a discriminating eye to make sure it doesn't look like she "borrowed" the belt from her daughter or granddaughter. The same is true of tops and dresses with lace-up corset styling.
Tips for Wearing Corsets
If you're younger than 40, you can definitely wear the corset and bustier trend.
However, women over 40 will find it a little little trickier to wear a corset bustier top over a blouse or dress. Yes, I know a few women over 60 who might be able to pull off this bustier look, but I would recommend getting a second opinion from a trusted source (daughter or granddaughter) before taking the tags off your new corset. A bustier adds an element of sexuality you might not be looking for. Also, the wrong type of bustier outfit might look too trendy (too teenagery) for most of us.
The only chicks who cannot wear corsets are gals with apple-shaped bodies. And, that would include me. So, I’m just going to feel envious (jealous?... I get those two words mixed up) as I show you curvy gals and skinny chicks with reasonable thin waistlines how to look chic, trendy, and sexy without showing too much skin.
Ooooooh, I’m so jealous of you women with waistlines… Oh well, I never expected to live this long, so I am grateful just to be alive, even though I'm not as fashionable as I once was.
1. Fashion Corset Top or Dress
This white blouse (above) is a great example of a conservative corset top that any woman can wear. The lace-up corset belt is part of the garment. Actually, the "belt" part is only in the front. This type of top is demure enough to wear to work with a skirt or trousers, but it’s also sexy enough to throw on over jeans and wear out to a bar… or out to dinner. (And, hey, it covers your jiggly arms and your googly neck if you’re a boomer chick who doesn't work out religiously.) It doesn’t matter how old you are, as long as you still have a waist, you can wear this. I really love this top. It’s so simple and striking.
2. Bustier Corset Top Worn Over a Dress or Shirt
Look how this bustier top adds a bit of fun to the trendy poet-sleeve blouse. Why is it I always drool over things I can’t wear? If you think you would look good in this, you’re probably not too old for it; but if you’re a woman over 40 or 50, please don’t wear the shiny jeans. However, the red shoes are hot.
3. Wide Corset Lace-Up Belt
Most corset belts are wide and have a lace-up closure. If you’re on the younger side or you’re skinny enough to wear clothes made for teenagers, you can wear a fake leather belt; but if you’re a boomer chick, you should look for a belt made of real leather. Not only will it wear better, but it will fit your body better. (If you don’t want to spend the big bucks for real leather, but you want to update your tops and dresses with a groovy belt, I will allow you to wear faux leather, as long as it looks real and fits like a glove.)
How to Wear a Corset Belt or Bustier
Fashion corsets and corset belts can be worn a ton of different ways to embellish different looks. Here are a few ideas:
- Victorian Lace-Up Corset (black, of course)
- Cowgirl Western-Style (brown suede or denim)
- Punk Rocker Look (black with metal studs)
- Steampunk Corset (brown leather with buckles)
- Romantic 70s Hippie Chick (earth tone suede or denim)
- Regular Normal Style (any wide belt that doesn't look cheap)
- Casual Everyday Outfit (see orange tee shirt top - or tunic dress)
Note to Apple Shaped Women: I lied. If you want to wear a corset belt and you have a bit of a tummy, there is a way to do it. (Not all apple shapes can pull this off, but I used to do this when I had a bit of a waistline.) The trick is to wear the belt over a camisole top (or dress or whatever) and wear a topper over everything. By topper, I mean a loose-fitting kimono, waterfall sweater, or unstructured jacket. When this is done right, it will give you the illusion of a waist.
Style for Women Over 40 50 60
As always, I don’t get paid to tell you, my dear friends, about the latest styles to update your wardrobe. I write these articles because I’m old and it’s so hard to find things that older chicks can wear... and can afford. And, most articles for boomers and "mature women" are written by 12 year olds who have no idea what we go through to find something to wear. (Stores with these or similar items can be found in Photo Credits, below.)
Once upon a time, I used to have a beautiful, romantic, lace-up corset belt (back in the early 70s) and it made me look curvy even though I was as flat as a pancake. I have always loved any type of clothing that stretched or adjusted to fit a woman’s ever changing body. And, adaptability is why corset tops and lace-up belts are a fabulous solution for most of us.
Photo Credits: Prshots.com.
- Main Photo: New Look. (Try not to look like you're falling over if you wear this belt.)
- Corset Belt for Fall: Miss Selfridge.
- Corset Blouse - Sexy But Covered: Debenhams.
- Corset Worn With Blouse: New Look.
- Leather Corset Belt for Women of All Ages: Nordstrom.
- Casual T-Shirt Dress Corset Detail: Asos.
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