Well, America, it's finally happened. People other than Superman are now wearing their undergarments outside of their clothing, and I must say... it looks pretty darn cool.
When "waist training" came into popularity a few years ago- thanks to the seemingly omnipotent Kardashians- corsets came right out of the 16th century and back into popular culture; however, these cinchers were meant for a specific purpose of creating a body shape through consistent wear underneath the clothing. This new style is bringing the concept outward, and this is one crazy clothing concept I can totally get behind.
In the 16th Century, when Catherine de Medici introduced the women of the French court to the Italian corset, these flattering but uncomfortable undergarments were made using stiffened fabrics with bars of wood or whalebone to keep the rigid shape. Today, the corsets worn outside the clothing are made a few different ways; some that I researched were simply belts laced in the front to draw the garment inward to be more form fitting, while others have plastic or metal boning in them to create a more classic corset style.
The typical outfit created with this modern corset includes a baggy garment underneath the cincher- most often t-shirts but, on occasion, a sweatshirt instead. These are usually tunic-style, worn without pants underneath, making this a perfect trend to be worn with a sassy pair of over-the-knee boots. (Stay tuned for my next installment of How to Dress On-Trend + Not Freeze to Death to see an entire feature on these babies!) The reigning queen of corset fashion? YouTube and Instagram fashion sensation Amanda Steele. Four of her outfits are featured on this board, and her choices are the most varied & creative I've seen so far.
While we haven't seen much of this trend yet, rest assured that it will be coming to the forefront of street style in 2017. I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to seeing more ensembles by fashion leaders like Amanda in the near future.
So what are your thoughts? Love the corset, or think these mini-waist makers should be kept under the garment where they were intended? Let's discuss in the comments!
Until next time, my little corset cuties!