The corset trend has been cycling through women’s closets since the 1500s – either as an undergarment, a lingerie item, or as a fashion statement beneath a chic jacket. However, the new way to wear a corset is surprising, given its strong associations with boudoir dressing. Since 2014, designers have been pushing the corset-over-clothes look, but it is only in 2016 that this trend seized hold among fashion girls and celebrities worldwide.
Some say we have the Kardashian clan to thank for that. However, there are many other fashion icons – Taylor Tomasi Hill and Susie Bubble included – making the case for the corset trend as a chic, sophisticated styling option. While Fall/Winter 2016 made for strong representation of the corset trend, Savoir Flair‘s Fashion Editor, Camille Macawili has compiled plenty of evidence that the corset trend is going to be huge in 2017 as well.
That means you can rock the corset at the office (true story), while simultaneously enjoying its flattering, silhouette-shaping benefits. Fashionable corsets that are meant to be worn over clothes come with plenty of decorative bells and whistles, but as the trend is still catching on, shopping destinations are still peddling versions that are very similar to lingerie. If you want to try the corset trend over your workwear, we recommend a chic leather version or one that is colorfully embroidered.
For tips on how to style the corset trend for the office, click through the gallery below.
Taylor Tomasi Hill’s version of the corset is particularly brilliant because it is built into the body of her jacket. For extra cinching, she tops it with a slim belt. Look for a jacket with this add-on feature to make styling for the office effortless.
Susie Bubble makes layering a contrasting corset over a pinstriped jacket look practical. Multiple layers means the corset isn’t the central focus of the outfit, but rather, complementary to the overall look.
We love how Preen by Thornton Bregazzi layered a plaid corset over a breezy dress. You, too, should experiment with mixing and matching patterns for heightened style.
Loewe’s version of the crest is sublime, and makes a huge statement. Pull a power move by wearing an eye-catching corset over a neutral-toned outfit.
Hailey Baldwin’s slinky leather trousers might not be super comfortable for a day at the office, but the way she pairs a tone-on-tone corset over a soft sweater is gorgeous.
Gigi Hadid’s look builds on officewear staples like a longline button-up and slim trousers, but the addition of a corset brings her outfit to a whole new level of cool.
In a hurry, but need to look especially fabulous at work? Try throwing on a shirtdress and a leather corset for a two-part ensemble that is simple, but extremely stylish.
This contrasting corset worn over a simple slipdress takes her look from girly to grown-up in a heartbeat.
If you’re in line for a raise or have an important presentation, try this powerful, confident look. A luxurious blouse and intricate skirt are given warrior-goddess status with the addition of an extravagant leather corset.
For a glamorous work-related party, try a fun look, like Chiara Ferragni’s flirty dress worn with a small, flattering corset.