How To Wear Corset Tops The Right Way

Yep, they’re back on the catwaks – but are corsets wearable IRL?

From restricting undergarment to statement-making attire, the corset top is back with a bang this season.

They girdled the autumn catwalks in a variety of shapes and lengths that ranged from laced-up and romantic to sculptural and modern.

Dating all the way back to the 16th century, when they were known as ‘French Bodies’, to Beyonce’s famous Thierry Mugler gold, embellished number – the corset is the ultimate underwear as outerwear item.

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While we’re huge fans of the silky slip dress, the corset comeback came as a surprise to our fashion desk. Yes, it nips in your waist and pushes up your boobs creating that perfect hourglass shape (boyish figures rejoice!) but there’s a reason Coco Chanel made fashion headlines with her twenties style, loose fit dresses – wearability!

Yes, they look great but we definitely couldn’t sit at a desk all day in one.

Ruffled and lace corsets on the Balmain AW16 catwalk

Ruffled and lace corsets on the Balmain AW16 catwalk

While Balmain’s pink ruffled design looks more Moulin Rouge boudoir than latest catwalk icon, Alessandra Ambrosio proved you can wear this look and still look smoking hot. Teaming her colourful Pucci design with a leather wrap skirt, this is Saturday night style we want to steal.

With a large selection available on the high street, it’s not hard to tap into this trend. Try wearing yours with tailored trousers for a modern take on this look and opt for longer styles opposed to cropped designs to avoid flashing too much flesh. Steer clear of lace designs and instead look for colourful embroidered styles that you can style with leather trousers or jeans.

Olivia Munn shows us how to give traditional corsets a tailored spin

Olivia Munn shows us how to give traditional corsets a tailored spin

Large chest? Fear not! Layer your corset over a white t-shirt and team with some skinny jeans and Converse to update your weekend uniform.

A great way to experiment with your wardrobe? Corset is!

SEE: How To Actually Wear A Slip Dress IRL

By Emma Chandler

Zendaya wearing a Rani Zakhem embellished corset on the red carpet

Zendaya wearing a Rani Zakhem printed corset on the red carpet