High Style: Bouquet of bustiers

Welcoming Spring is yet one more throw-back galmour garment; the bustier. A derivative of the literally breath-taking Victorian corset, the bustier is the contemporary sexy little sister whose flirty construction pays homage to a woman’s up top assets; the girls and waist. The bustier is surely to make the lesser of sexes swoon, instead of the other way around.

The one rule to remember with the bustier is to keep it classy. The material and construction should be quality and it is generally best to stay away from anything shiny, unless you’re working with a brocade. Also, keep your bustier from looking like a bathing suit top. It might have worked for Selena and Madonna, but that was the 80’s, and they were pop stars.

The bustier pairs well with skinny pants or jeans in a peddle-pusher cut with a platform sandal. Alternately, wear a long full skirt and gladiator sandals for a bohemian look. Urban Outfitters certainly has the corner on the market in bustiers but you can find the look at a few other places as well.

Free People Embroidered Bustier Top with Shorts (Ok, I broke my rule for this one, it’s $207, but the top is fabulous!)

Urban Outfitters Lucca Couture Sweetheart Stretch Bustier Top

Urban Outfitters Silence & Noise Denim Bustier

Chloe K Stripe Corset Camisole at Nordstrom

American Rag Tap, Strapless Sweetheart Quilted Piped Peplum Bustier at Macy’s

Free People New Romantics Corset Tank

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