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22 Mar 2017

The modern girl's guide to corsets*

I've always been deeply fascinated by the idea of a corset. Being a lover of vintage fashion and styles originating from the Victorian, Edwardian era, I have the greatest love for that fit and flare waist.
Although perhaps once a symbol of repression, for women around the 19th century, I believe that they can have a different role in today's world and even come back in to fashion, especially as corsets and shapewear have come a long way in becoming softer, more comfortable and kinder to the female form. 
Corset Story blog review: the modern girl's guide to corsets
If we want to dress up like fairytale book characters every day, we should definitely do it! For me it is also an ode to the women of over a hundred years ago, even though we are worlds apart and our lives insanely different in many ways, to try to grasp a feel of what the dressing process might have been like. 
This darling number is the Nude Summer Victorian Vintage overbust by darling company Corset Story, that aims to take 1-2 inches off your waist, while accentuating the curves of the female form. It's the most beautiful dusky pink hue with the softest, silkiest ribbon. This will look so pretty on an English Rose complexion. I love the little details: the lace and satin ribbon trim is so whimsical. The lightweight steel bone structure assures a comfortable, flexible fit and the material is of seriously good, sturdy quality.
Corset Story blog review: the modern girl's guide to corsets
What's it like to wear? The corset has a lightweight steel busk closure and laced with ribbon at the back. I have a UK size 12 and am usually a 10-12 darn shoulders haha and it is pretty snug fitting so I would recommend sizing up one to give you extra room inside. You can tighten and loosen to your perfect fit using the ribbon lacing, made extra easier if you have a friend to help you. There is such a nice feeling about going about in a laced corset, it gives you the flattest stomach and so much more confidence! 
Corset Story blog review: the modern girl's guide to corsets
This Mint and Dusty Pink Victorian overbust by Corset Story is so pretty too and perfect for the spring and summer. It reminds me of Giselle's curtain dresses in Enchanted! The only fault I can find is that I found the busks down the front a bit fiddly to fasten and secure but I love the straps, they are so helpful and the mint ribbon is seriously gorgeous. I just have to find a skirt and bodice to go!
Corset Story blog review: the modern girl's guide to corsets
This beautiful white lace number, the Pretty White Cotton underbust, is my favourite! I prefer the underbust to wear under clothing, as it's more discreet, quicker and easier to put on and less busks to do up. It's easier to wear with all kinds of different tops and the white lace pockets are stunning. It creates the most beautiful hourglass shape worn under clothing, especially if you are of an athletic shape and wider shoulders to hips ratio like me, as well as taking 2 inches visually off the waist! Corset Story corsets will definitely be on my Pinterest wishlist from now on haha. Which are your favourites?
Corset Story blog review: the modern girl's guide to corsets
On my blog I am always seeking to source out the best places to find vintage style attire. Never be afraid to dress how you have always dreamed! It's such a confidence booster, even going for a picnic in the park in a floor length maxi this summer if you're a jeans gal, or wearing ruffles. I'm definitely excited to do more modern-vintage outfits this summer involving these babies, get a bit of both eras here and here

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    1. Aw thank you so much Caitlin! ♡

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  2. It's funny that you posted that just now, because I'm thinking about buying a corset or a waist cincher at the moment! I've always wanted to have one and wanted to save for an Orchard Corset, but I've decided I should go for a cheaper version for now and see if it works with me. These three are all beautiful, although the underbust is also my favourite, much easier to wear on a day-to-day basis rather than a full bust corset. The quality seems great as well :D

    Julia x
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    1. Awww thanks so much Julia, I'm so glad it was helpful! These are of such lovely quality, I definitely recommend! :D ♡

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  3. Hey!
    You appear to have a classical,pretty vintage style which I adore as it has that more mature, classy feel. Your snapshots of your corset is beautiful. You make vintage clothing appear so feminine and pre-possessing.πŸ˜„πŸ˜Š

    #sweetreats xx www.bakingboutiquebirds.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Awww such a lovely comment, thank you so much! I'm so glad you liked it, so kind of you! :D ♡

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  4. These are so stunning! I don't know where I'd ever really wear a corset, but I love the way they look. Reminds me of princesses, and the little girl in me likes that ;) Lovely post, and stunning photos!
    Julia || Julia in Bluhm

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    1. Wow thanks so much Julia, so kind of you!! ♡

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  5. I love corsets! They are so beautiful. I honestly didn't know that they actually made your waist thinner, but that makes me want to wear them even more! I wish it was acceptable to wear them all the time, they really are incredibly pretty 😍

    http://www.thesmalladventurer.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Thank you so much Indya, ahhh I love them too! Definitely dress how you want to dress, it's so tricky in winter when we have to always wear coats haha! ♡

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  6. Wonderful and perfect! I follow you blog, please follow me too. http://alamodenatine.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you so much Kristine! ♡

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  7. Oh wow, those are really pretty corsets! I love the color and the designs. The fabric looks so soft, too!

    xo, Gillan

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    1. Thank you so much Gillan, so kind of you! :D ♡

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  8. I really love the colors and the frills. Especially the mint green with dusty pink. They really give off the fairy tale vibes!

    Anyway, you are so gorgeous! Especially with the corset on, you look like a fairy.

    I am also interested in corsets, not as a fashion piece but as waist-shaping tool. I am a bit skeptical about it though, because actual corsets from the 1800s are somewhat scary and it looks like they can change the skeletal structure.

    - Gretch of GG Memochou

    PS. I tagged you in my recent post, I hope you don't mind.

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    1. Awww you are too kind, thank you so much Gretch!! Your lovely comment made my day and thank you for thinking of me! :D ♡

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  9. They're all so beautiful!! And I really like the colors <3 I've never really owned a corset, but have tops that resemble them :P

    Lipstick and Mocha

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    1. Aw thanks so much Carla, so kind of you! :D ♡

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  10. These look gorgeous. I have a plain black one which I love wearing every now and again but I'm afraid of the damage it could do to my body, especially internally :l

    www.upyourvlog.com

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    1. Thank you so much Natalie! Aw it should be fine as long as it's not hurting you or restricting breathing :D go for it! ♡

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  11. What a cute blog! I always thought coursets as very uncomfortable pieces, but they look so pretty on here I might try one!
    Sara x

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    1. Thank you so much Sara! Aw they are comfy as long as not too tight, the material is very comfortable :D ♡

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  12. These are gorgeous! :)

    Sophie - sophielillie.blogspot.com

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  13. That mint corset is soooo pretty! I just bought myself a corset as I'm going to Secret Cinema's screening of Moulin Rouge, but I can see me getting a lot of wear out of it!

    www.captaincharley.net

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