Bustiers might trace their roots back to the Victorian era but, this season, they’re getting the modern-girl treatment. Runways from New York to Paris and everywhere in between debuted the structured top in new ways for the coming Spring season. But we, for one, are definitely not going to wait until May to try out this vintage trend. When it comes to these corset-like styles, layering is key—whether nipping in the shape of a boxy vintage tee or peeking out from underneath a tailored jacket. For day and night, we’re learning to love structure more than we have in a long time and can’t wait to style this new wardrobe must-have. Check out the five ways we’re wearing bustiers right now. And remember: The sky’s the limit.
The Bustier Rundown
Fact: Sometimes all you need is the bustier itself to make a statement. With a pair of high-waisted straight-leg jeans, you’ll play it cool while still standing out. Add classic accessories like flat mules (in a whimsical color!), tortoise hoops, and a two-tone bucket bag for tailored style.
Bucket Leather and Canvas Tote
Tortoise Hoop Earrings
Cropped Straight Jeans
Citizens of Humanity
Floral-Print Bustier Top
Backless Satin Slipper Shoes
Le Monde Beryl
The unexpected is alive and well in the world of fashion, which is only made better by the bustier. Layer a ‘90s-inspired plaid corset over a more elegant oversized button-down shirt and slim cropped jeans. Keep the juxtaposition of trends going strong with ultra-feminine ballet flats.
2” Lilly Hoops
Ballerinas With Beaded Straps
Le High Straight-Leg Stretch-Denim Jeans
Jasper Cotton-Blend Poplin Shirt
Elizabeth and James
Zip-Up Bustier Top
When heading out on the town, there’s nothing better than a top that hugs you just right. Choose one with a pattern or fun structure to make a statement in its own right, paired with the perfect little black skirt. Add some textured layers like a next-level denim trucker jacket, but keep it classic when it comes to your pointed-toe heels.
Black Velvet BB Pump
Denim Jacket with Lace-Up Details
Bustier with Bow
Whether you’re heading to brunch with friends or a date at night, take the “anything goes” approach when it comes to your bustier. A structured gingham top layered over a graphic tee is pure perfection. And when you add tailored pants and chunky heeled mules into the mix? You’ll feel like you’ve never looked better—and never had more fun with fashion.
Beau Grosgrain Mules
Mini Adenia Bucket Bag
Logo Cotton T-Shirt
Agnello Gingham Cotton-Blend Top
Mid-Rise Wool-Blend Cigarette Trousers
There is, of course, the classic tailored look that will never fail, no matter what the day throws at you. A menswear-inspired suit is the perfect opportunity to add that ultra-feminine bustier into the mix, peeking out ever-so-slightly from underneath. And when the workday is through, simply ditch the blazer and you’re cocktail-hour ready.
Six Drop Ombré Earrings
Rebecca De Ravenel
Hazel Pointed-Toe Suede Pumps
High-Rise Checked Cropped Trousers
Double-Breasted Checked Jacket
Wool-Gabardine Bustier Top
When you’re planning a day of mimosas and eggs with your best friends, your go-to is a white T-shirt and cutoff jean shorts. But why not add a layer on top with a printed corset that will give your look that je-ne-sais-pas Layer an edgy leather jacket over the whole look and finish it off with your favorite beat-up sneakers.
Chuck Taylor Low Top Sneaker
Mid-Rise Denim Shorts
Audrey Printed Bow Bustier