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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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! ♡