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10 Chic Corset Outfits To Wear On Repeat

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Corsets can be chic – here’s how to style them for elevated elegance.

Garments like corsets and miniskirts have a necessarily bad reputation in the world of elegant dressing. But in the case of the corset, a look back in time will show that it was the start of elegant dressing during the Renaissance period. Before its invention, the wealthier classes and servants wore the same silhouette, as there was no diversity in dressing, other than fabrics and jewelry. When corsets were invented, it was a way for the upper classes to show that they were wealthy, and assert their dominance.

Now, that has all changed, as has the approach to corsets. There are still ways to style these to look elegant and elevated, as they did during the Renaissance – here are 10 styling ideas.

10 Chic Corset Outfits

1. Blazer

Cute black corset outfit with jeans

Cover up a corset with a blazer to keep the look elevated. A great way to think about styling in general is pairing opposite aesthetics. In this case, it’s pairing feminine with masculine – a favorite in French style.

Keep the rest of your look dressed down with jeans and boots or simple heels.

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Etsy Mesh Black Strapless Corset
Statnaia Corsets

Black Corset

At Etsy

L’Academie Alama Blazer
L’Academie

Alama Blazer

At Revolve

Lulus Straight Cropped Denim Jeans
Lulus

Straight Cropped Denim Jeans

At Lulus

2. Straight-Leg Pants

Like a blazer, a pair of straight-leg pants add a formal, masculine element to an outfit with a corset  – and help avoid the outfit looking tacky.

If you’re experimenting with your first corset, go for something in a neutral color with minimal embellishments.

For the summer, pair this with flat sandals, or even a chunky loafer.

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Lulus Mesh Bustier Crop Top
Lulus

Mesh Bustier Crop Top

At Lulus

Favorite Daughter The Favorite Pant
Favorite Daughter

The Favorite Pant

At Revolve

Tory Burch Miller Leather Flip Flops
Tory Burch

Miller Leather Flip Flops

At Nordstrom

3. Jeans

Another way to style a corset if you’re unfamiliar, or it’s far out of your comfort zone is to pair it with something super casual, like jeans. 

For those who prefer to usually cover up more than a corset allows, many now come with sleeves attached like this one.

For a dressed-up look, pair this with heels, and to dress it down, go for boots.

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 Lulus Collared Long Sleeve Top
Lulus

Collared Long Sleeve Top

At Lulus

AGOLDE 90's Mid Rise Loose Fit
AGOLDE

90’s Mid Rise Loose Fit

At Revolve

Dolce & Gabbana Devotion Logo Heart Buckle Leather Belt
Dolce & Gabbana

Heart Buckle Leather Belt

At Nordstrom

4. Mini Skirt

On the flip side, for those whose style is flirty and feminine, a floaty mini skirt will pair perfectly with a tight-fitted corset. Accessorize this with kitten heels and a fun bag.

This is a great outfit option for a girls’ vacation where the main agenda is to dress up and have a good time.

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Majorelle Wyn Bodysuit
Majorelle

Wyn Bodysuit

At Revolve

LoveShackFancy Ruffle Mini Skirt
LoveShackFancy

Ruffle Mini Skirt

At Revolve

 Lulus Upgraded Glam White Pearl Handbag
Lulus

Glam White Pearl Handbag

At Lulus

5. Wide-Leg Pants

In the same tone as a blazer, wide-leg pants create a contrast from the fitted silhouette of a corset. 

This is a great option for a formal evening outfit if you aren’t comfortable wearing a dress or skirt, but also can never find a top that is formal enough.

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A.L.C. Nora Top
A.L.C.

Nora Top

At Revolve

COS Pleated Wool Wide Leg Pants
COS

Pleated Wool Wide Leg Pants

At Nordstrom

petit moments Rosa Flower Necklace
petit moments

Rosa Flower Necklace

At Revolve

6. Cardigan

For spring and fall, when the weather might not be warm enough to allow for wearing a corset alone, take a leaf from the French fashion guide with a cardigan.

This is a great holiday outfit if you’re going to an open house or an indoor event where you don’t need to be too concerned with warmth.

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For Love & Lemons Niala Bustier Top
 For Love & Lemons

Niala Bustier Top

At Revolve

LEVI’S White High-Rise Cropped Jeans
LEVI’S

White High-Rise Cropped Jeans

At Lulus

Cinq à Sept Vida Feather Cardigan
Cinq à Sept

Vida Feather Cardigan

At Nordstrom

7. Maxi Skirt

Maxi skirts are big in fashion right now. They are comfortable and can be dressed up or down for any occasion.

For an evening look, go for a maxi skirt in leather or satin, and for the daytime, a denim skirt will look great.

You don’t need to worry too much about your shoes as these will mostly be covered up, but a pair of pointy shoes can be a great statement.

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House of CB Navy Puff Sleeve Corset
House of CB

Navy Puff Sleeve Corset

At Nordstrom

House of CB Navy Satin Bias Cut Maxi Skirt
House of CB

Navy Satin Bias Cut Maxi Skirt

At Nordstrom

Tony Bianco Anja Heels
Tony Bianco

Anja Heels

At Revolve

8. Sequin Skirt

Another great party girl look is a sequin mini-skirt paired with a corset. This outfit has a lot going on, so keeping the colors neutral or monochrome will keep it looking elevated.

A cropped blazer works well here if you want to dress up the look at the start of your night.

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superdown Stef Bustier Bodysuit
superdown

Stef Bustier Bodysuit

At Revolve

Lulus Black Sequin Faux Wrap Mini Skirt
Lulus

Sequin Faux Wrap Mini Skirt

At Lulus

Epifene Kali Bangle Set
Epifene

Kali Bangle Set

At Revolve

9. Pencil Skirt

Pencil skirts are going to be big next season, owing to the rise of the “business core” aesthetic. We’ve already discussed pairing formal garments with a corset to amp up the look, and the same goes for this.

Keep the rest of your outfit elevated with a blazer and kitten heels for some old-world glamor.

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Zemeta Gift Birron Corset
Zemeta

Gift Birron Corset

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River Island Belted A-Line Maxi Skirt
River Island

Belted A-Line Maxi Skirt

At Nordstrom

A.L.C. Reeve Jacket
A.L.C.

Reeve Jacket

At Revolve

10. Black Formal Pants

For a party look if you don’t like dresses or skirts, a pair of black formal pants is a staple. Garments like this are underrated, but if you can find a pair that fits well, and is good quality, you can wear them for any occasion.

For an elevated look, opt for a black corset, though you can experiment with embellishments like feathers and sequins. Go for a belt to cinch in the waist, and you’ll be the talk of the party.

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Lulus Black Feather Cropped Tube Top
Lulus

Black Feather Cropped Tube Top

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MANGO High Waist Wide Leg Pants
MANGO

High Waist Wide Leg Pants

At Nordstrom

Streets Ahead Minny Belt
Streets Ahead

Minny Belt

At Revolve

Which of these corset outfits was your favorite? Also, do you fall into the camp of wearing corsets dressed down, or you prefer to save them for special occasions?

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