Bustiers, bralettes, corsets: whatever you call them, these sexy underwear-as-outerwear pieces are so understated when it comes to hitting it high in the style stakes. Although the idea of wearing something so 'revealing' could scare the pants off you, there are so many styling options that make this piece heavenly for layering.
Whether you're in scorching Europe and ready to bare all, or want to wear your fave summer bustier for the Aussie winter, here's 10 clever styling ideas that will blow your mind.... (Boom! My mind just blew- see...)
1. 'Ello Sailor
Ooh-lala! This inspiration looks like it's been taken straight from the French Riveria. Team an otherwise revealing bralet with a super chic stripe jacket and bottoms combo. Don't have stripes in the wardrobe? A colour block jacket and bottom combo would work a treat too. Add a statement necklace if you feel like your cleavage is over-ruling your look.
2. Layer Over A Simple, White Shirt
My personal favorite, this clever pairing of a crisp white shirt and a patterned bustier can take you from the office to the dance floor. Add some ripped boyfriend jeans for a weekend-worthy look, or slide on a pencil skirt and watch that promotion roll in. Extra style points for pointy shoes. Is it just me, or does the pattern of this bustier just scream 'pair me with pointy heels'!
3. Clash Those Monochromes
Key tip: If Aimee Song does it, then it must be right! If you're gonna clash patterns keep it monochromatic ladies. Simple accessories keep it on the ah-mazing side of busy.
4. Simplicity Is The Key
Want to dress up your jeans? Look no further than a peplum bustier. If you're heading into Summer (you lucky thing), swap your jeans for ripped denim shorts. This look would look incredible with a patterned bustier too.
5. Good Things Come In Pairs
Hit two trends in one! Co-ordinate your bustier with your bottoms. To add interest go for a contrasting silhouette and juxtapose a tight bustier with some loose fitting culottes or an a-line midi.
6. Short On Top, High Down Below
Don't you just wish you had this chicks outfit? If you're going crop, keep the bottom high to ensure it looks classy. Inject some serious 70s groove by pairing a peplum piece with some flares. Super-high clogs will lengthen those already-looking-long pins too!
7. The New LBD
Combine your bustier with a high-waist black skirt, killer heels and sassy accessories and you're ready for a night on the town!
8. Denim, Denim, Layer
If you're on a chillier climate, get that bustier back in your wardrobe rotation, pronto! Layer a bustier over a double denim shirt and jean combo and then top with a trench or leather jacket. For a more polished look, try tucking the denim shirt into the jeans.
9. The Tee Makeover
Wowza! Never has a simple tee ever looked so darn street-style-snap-worthy. Top your fave basic tee with your bustier and add a skater or a-line skirt for a silhouette you'll be proud to flaunt.
10. Juxtaposing Fits
If your bustier is on the more, erm, revealing side, mix up those fits to push it into bohemian territory. Like the lovely lady above, a fitting, high-waist skirt works a treat. Then cover up with a flowy cardigan or kimono
Current Bustier Crushes
Are you a bustier kinda girl? Have I convinced you yet?
P.S. I am currently on vacation on Hamilton Island in The Whitsundays, one of the most beautiful places in Australia. Follow me on Instagram @thedailyluxe for an overdose of pretty beach photos and style.