6 Reasons We’re Obsessed With The Bustier This Season

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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.

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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

$1,495

J.W. Anderson

Tortoise Hoop Earrings

$20

J.Crew

Cropped Straight Jeans

$393

Citizens of Humanity

Floral-Print Bustier Top

$995

Rosie Assoulin

Backless Satin Slipper Shoes

$335

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

$293

Jennifer Fisher

Ballerinas With Beaded Straps

$60

Zara

Le High Straight-Leg Stretch-Denim Jeans

$199

FRAME

Jasper Cotton-Blend Poplin Shirt

$325

Elizabeth and James

Zip-Up Bustier Top

$420

Donup

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

$640

Manolo Blahnik

Sheer Socks

$42

Raey

Denim Jacket with Lace-Up Details

$495

Sandro

Bustier with Bow

$35

H&M

Wool-Blend Skirt

$420

Moncler

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

$845

Tabitha Simmons

Mini Adenia Bucket Bag

$343

Nico Giani

Logo Cotton T-Shirt

$590

Gucci

Agnello Gingham Cotton-Blend Top

$290

Silvia Tcherassi

Mid-Rise Wool-Blend Cigarette Trousers

$287

N 21

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

$345

Rebecca De Ravenel

Hazel Pointed-Toe Suede Pumps

$120

Sam Edelman

High-Rise Checked Cropped Trousers

$354

Rebecca Taylor

Double-Breasted Checked Jacket

$472

Rebecca Taylor

Wool-Gabardine Bustier Top

$1,200

Victoria Beckham

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

$49

Converse

Leather Jacket

$745

Maje

Mid-Rise Denim Shorts

$242

RE/DONE

Boy Tee

$75

Vince

Audrey Printed Bow Bustier

$248

Amur