Chatsworth House Style - Part 1 - Corsets, Christian Dior & the Cavendishes July 08 2018, 0 Comments
After visiting the 'Chatsworth - House Style' exhibition, I've put together a blog post in two parts, to in order to share some of the vintage and antique highlights with you. Part 1 covers: lace, embroidery and detail from other selected fineries, along with the interesting and romantic history of some famous American women who made Chatsworth their home.
Beyond the Boudoir March 11 2014, 0 Comments
7 easy ways to style your corset for a night out.
So you have a beautiful corset. An amazing corset. And you want everyone to see your incredible waist in it, right, not just keep it for your bedroom?
Well here are just a few ways how! (Please see below for full image credits)
1) Pair it with a classic pencil or wiggle skirt
This look never fails to be chic, yet versatile. A good pencil skirt is a wardrobe classic and so is a black underbust corset. Black skirts will work with either black or coloured corsets, while a coloured skirt is easiest with a black corset. Tartan (plaid) can be especially striking for the cooler months and gives a more daytime hint. This is the perfect opportunity for seamed tights, rather than stockings, as your suspender belt could show under a close fitting skirt. A leg split (seen right) will add that bit of extra sauce to the ensemble.
2) Pair it with a skater, circle or full skirt
Teaming a corset with a full skirt will give an instant 50s bombshell image, especially if the skirt is cotton and boldly printed or lighter in colour. A chiffon or soft silk full skirt can take your corset into perfect black tie/ formal/ wedding attire; an underbust or overbust could be worn this way. A fuller skirt is especially good if you are pear shaped, very curvy or have large hips as the skirt line will skim neatly over your curves and do an amazing job of emphasising just how tiny your waist is.
3) Pair it with a sheer top
If you are like me and own a few too many beautiful bras, a sheer top is the perfect way to take lingerie to outwear whilst keeping it neat and sophisticated. A chiffon pussy bow blouse works very well and the cinched shaping of an underbust corset will compliment the fullness of the fabric beautifully.
4) Pair it with trousers
Wide leg trousers? Skinny trousers? Wet look leggings? The possibilities are endless. Keeping your trousers tailored will add to the ‘evening’ dynamic, or if you want a more edgy look then leggings are perfect. Unless you are planning a white contrast shirt/tailored trouser look then I would recommend an overbust corset in this situation. Just make sure there are no gaps between trouser top and corset bottom!
5) Pair it with jeans
This has never been my style, but it's so popular as a way of glamming up jeans or dressing down your corset. Rihanna is very casual in the below picture – so for the evening, have some nicely fitting jeans, pop an overbust corset on, some dashing heels, perhaps a necklace and you are done. I'd keep the colours dark – I'm not convinced I could pull off white jeans like Rihanna!
6) Pair it with a suit jacket or biker style.
The search for the perfect tailored jacket or biker inspired jacket has been a phenomenon in fashion in the last few years, so I'm betting most of you own at least one. A fitted suit jacket will show off your sculptured waist without drawing too much attention and can neatly take you from the office to an evening out. Your leather jacket will create a more rock and roll image – perhaps with those leggings or skinny jeans options.
7) Pair it with shrugs and boleros
Fluffy shrugs, cropped cardigans, boleros – all are great ways to update a corset. Visually, the wider your shoulders look then the smaller your waist will appear. Practically, they help keep you a touch warmer, cover up any aspect you're not keen on in the bosom or arm area, and if you're attending an event where heaving bosom or bare shoulders aren't appropriate, this is how to get away with your favourite corset anyway!
With special thanks to Gina (Guernsey), Karolina Laskowska (UK) and Mya (Canada)
1) Emma Glover modelling Ava Corsetry Ophelia underbust. Photography by Karl Taylor Photography. http://avacorsetry.co.uk/collections/classic-collection/products/ophelia-underbust-corset-black
Mya from Canada, wearing Kiss Me Deadly black Tempest corset
2) Karolina Laskowska wearing a Sparklewren overbust corset
Mya from Canada, wearing Kiss Me Deadly black Tempest underbust corset
3) Jess modelling Kiss Me Deadly Blue Deville underbust corset http://www.kissmedeadly.co.uk/shop/product/1080/blue-deville-underbust-corset
Chiffon pussy bow blouse, source unknown
4) Rubin Singer corset and trousers
Twilight star Ashely wearing Donna Karen corset
5) Rihanna, corset unknown
6) Various jackets, sources unknown
7) Karolina Laskowska wearing Fairy Goth Mother/ Lulu & Lush corset