What is it:

    Corsets are back in style, probably thanks to the trend of wearing lingerie as outerwear. Originally, they were an undergarment for women that was supposed to force the body into shape with the help of fixed rods. Since its origins, the meaning of the corset has changed and today it is mainly used for festive and burlesque purposes. Creatives who have worked with the corset include Vivienne Westwood, who used it for her punk aesthetic, and Jean-Paul Gaultier, who designed Madonna’s famous pink satin corset for her Blonde Ambition tour in the early ’90s. Although the corset has regained a prominent place on the catwalks in recent years, the wide use of the corset in the FW22 collections suggests that its popularity will not wane any time soon.

    Image: Levi’s

    Why you should order it:

    The corset is often considered a statement piece for fashion-forward customers looking for an eye-catching accent to their wardrobe. It can be styled elegantly, but of course also sexy. In addition, due to its shape, the corset is a good investment for the whole year because it can be worn in layered looks as well as alone.

    Image: 11 Degrees
    Image: 11 Degrees

    Where we saw it:

    Some fashion houses stuck to the original shape of the corset for FW22. So Versace showed the look with colorful materials and combined it with matching mini skirts reminiscent of the outfits of the 90s. Others instead explored the corset in alternative avenues, such as Schiaparelli, where a floral embellished waist cincher and a longline silhouette were showcased. Christiano Siriano similarly played with the shape through oversized, off-the-shoulder sleeves. In Gucci’s Adidas collaboration, the corset took inspiration from sportswear. Dior also used the corset in other garments, such as a dress or a jacket, giving a new silhouette to some classics.

    Image: Stella McCartney
    Image: Stella McCartney

    How to style it:

    The corset is a garment that offers a variety of styling options. When worn alone as a top, it can be paired with almost any type of bottom, be it a mini skirt or a pair of jeans. It goes particularly well with high-waisted models that further accentuate the waist. In the colder months you can pair the garment with a turtleneck or button down shirt and layer it over an oversized coat or blazer for the colder seasons. The corset can also be used to add structure to another garment, layering it over a garment – like an oversized shirt or dress – and emphasizing the waist.

    Image: Dorothee Schumacher
    Image: Dorothee Schumacher

    The corset has a long history in fashion, evolving from a constraining bodice to a staple of the Gen Z wardrobe. It has continued to influence the fashion industry, adapting to trends and being a regular on the catwalk, making it an investment piece.

    Image: Na-kd
    Image: Na-kd
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