Who doesn't love the corset look? Who doesn't love wearing them? Well, if you don't plan on eating that night, lol. I'm not going to bore my knowledgeable readers with facts about corsets (history, kinds of boning, etc) they already know. I'm going to cover how I, personally, wear them.
Corsets are feminine and look good with the more classic goth/aristocratic looks. They provide an almost armor-like structure to your look, which also looks great for industrial styles. Personally, I think they look better on curvier girls, but I do what I can with my no-curves.
First off, for my more traditional goth looks, this is my favorite stuff to wear underneath a corset. The shirt is from forever 21 (I think I got it in 1999ish) and is my favorite! The skirt was a hand-me-down from mom, from the 80s.
First up is a overbust corset I got from Forever 21 of all places. It's fully boned (with plastic boning) and has this fancy embroidery and covered buttons. I think I payed something like 15 dollars for it on sale. Sometimes you get lucky. I think I got this in 2002.
Next up is a corset top that I actually wear pretty often. It was given to me by one of my mother's friends... I'm not sure what brand it is (yvan & marlia? ziayvan & mar? logo fail).
The boning is made of plastic, which kind of warped through the years, which is sad. It's really beautiful. The diamond neckline is awesome. I'm surprised I don't see this kind of neckline more often.
|and here I am getting goofy with the photoshopping|
The other Lip Service one is really cool. It's pvc with spikes. I love this one!
All of these looks are very classic goth. Is there a place for corsets in the modern goth (what I guess some folks are calling Nu-goth) wardrobe? I say yes. But think of the corset as more of a superwide belt.
|see the rest of the look in this earlier post|
|(or fitted skirt?)|
You'll notice that I don't own any $300 fancy 1000-steel-boned leather corsets. Maybe one day. All of mine are plastic boned.
Thoughts? Do you wear corsets? Any ideas on how to work corsets into an updated goth look?