Corset Outfit Ideas Straight Out of the 2000s

2000s fashion is back in full swing, and with it, the ubiquitous “going out” tops that defined the decade. Yes, it’s time to put your corsets back in the rotation.

Corsets and bustiers served as both a symbol of oppression and freedom throughout history. The undergarment, originally intended to restrict a woman’s body, was later reclaimed as a piece of lingerie which, when shown instead of hidden, became an empowering fashion statement.

And, as corsets and bustiers fall out of fashion, they’re extremely versatile pieces to keep in your wardrobe. They are sultry, yet tailored; revealing, but covered. And, what’s more, they toe the line of duality between edgy and soft with their boudoir-inspired roots.

Much like styling a bra top, there are plenty of options for day or night. Let a piece of your structured top stand out under a blazer or show it off wearing it at the top of your clothes, as opposed to underneath.

Ahead, taking inspiration from celebrities and street style stars, learn exactly how to wear a corset this season and shop some of our favorite picks.

To a tee

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For a more casual look, try a black strapless top layered over a crisp white t-shirt. Wear with high waisted trousers or a trendy mini skirt, depending on your mood.


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Dive headfirst into boudoir fashion and opt for a sheer corset layered over a tank top, as was the case on Vera Wang’s Spring 2020 show. Layers of thin, airy silk would pair perfectly with a maxi skirt or vintage jeans.

Up and down

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Want to adapt your most comfortable jeans for a night out? Pair them with an ultra-feminine structured corset, like this look from the Brandon Maxwell Fall 2022 show.

monochrome magic

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For fashion lovers, opt for Rihanna and this monochromatic look. She styled this corset top in an exotic snake print with a pair of paper bag waist pants and a matching shearling coat on top.

Corporate Chic

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For an edgy look, consider layering a blazer and pencil skirt over a black corset, with or without sheer inserts. This look is perfect for those who aren’t quite ready to take the bra and blazer leap.

The classic

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While you might not tie your corset to a pair of thigh high stockings, take an authentic take on the trend with a tank top featuring straps that hang down from the body, worn with an oversized coat and pants to dress it down.

delicious denim

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Although you’ll probably pair your bustier top with real pants and not denim shorts, this take, worn by Lizzo, is definitely one to try.

Start your style with the gorgeous corsets below.

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