Corsetted silhouettes have always been a part of fashion, starting as an essential undergarment from the 16th century through the early 20th century meant to accentuate, or create, an hourglass figure. Since the ‘70s, the corset top outfits made their way onto the runway, with designers like Vivienne Westwood, Mugler, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and more redefining the rigid garment into a fashion statement. Now, as the Y2K resurgence dominates today’s trends, the coveted item has become
fashion’s must-have “going-out” top and a favorite among many celebrities, including Megan Fox, Rihanna, Cardi B, Dua Lipa, and more.
Although the corset top has been around for quite some time, you might be looking into finally copping the beloved fashion piece or are finding new ideas on how to style it. Either way, we have you covered.
Ahead, check out 11 different corset top outfit ideas, taking inspiration from some of our favorite celebrity looks.
Corset Top Outfit Idea No. 1: Matching Sets Emma McIntyre/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Loungewear isn’t only meant for the house. Singer and
NYLON It Girl Jazmine Sullivan wore her lace corset with fiery red pajamas from Savage X Fenty to the Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3. If you’re looking to go comfy, pair your corset with a matching PJ set. Accessorizing is key, so you can elevate the look with heels or go even more casual with a pair of sneakers. Diggzy/Jesal/Shutterstock
Tailored ensembles are the hottest fashion trend that can be worn throughout any season of the year. Similar to a matching loungewear set, you can opt for a monochrome or all-over printed ‘fit to team with your corset top and add on classic jewelry pieces and heels, as seen on Megan Fox.
Corset Top Outfit Idea No. 2: Baggy Jeans Neil Mockford/GC Images/Getty Images
The corset top is also a great stand-alone piece, so don’t be afraid to show it off! As seen on Dua Lipa, you can display your corset with loose,
baggy jeans for the ultimate Y2K aesthetic. The Future Nostalgia singer completed her look with black chunky sneakers, a keyhole belt, and tiny sunglasses. Ricky Vigil M/GC Images/Getty Images
Bella Hadid opted for a pair of baggy pants that are more sporty. As the temps cool down, you can also throw on a long jacket over your corset, which balances out the top’s cropped style and her low-waisted bottoms.
Even just opting for a straight pair of denim jeans spotlights the corseted fit. See
Captain Marvel star Brie Larson as an example, as she was recently spotted courtside wearing a Joah Brown’s beige corset top at a Los Angeles Lakers basketball game on New Year’s Eve. She paired her corset with a matching beige blazer, loose-fitted denim jeans, and a pair of fuzzy, feathered mules. Corset Top Outfit Idea No. 3: Dresses Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images
You can glam up the beloved trend with a corset dress like Kerry Washington’s red carpet look at the
2021 Emmy Awards. Washington wore the silk corset dress with diamond jewelry and a bold red lip. MEGA/GC Images/Getty Images
No matter how casual your look may be, the corset top’s form-fitting silhouette will always add polish to any look. In September, Tiffany Haddish arrived at the
Jimmy Kimmel Live! set with an orange corset dress paired with orange heels and a black tote bag. Corset Top Outfit Idea No. 4: Printed Bottoms Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images
Experimenting with prints easily adds a fun twist to your corset top, as seen on Irina Shayk at the Bvlgari party in New York City. She wore a glossy orange corset top with low-waisted camo cargo pants, and she elevated her look with strappy heels.
Pop-punk princess Olivia Rodrigo posted a photo of her corset top outfit on
Instagram, rocking a black lace corset with multicolored cool-toned jeans and a black beret. She also wore a red mini bag for an extra pop of color. Corset Top Outfit Idea No. 5: Leather Pants Taylor Hill/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Leather pants are also fashion’s biggest “must-have” right now. Channel your inner ‘90s socialite by pairing your corset top with leather pants, like
Dakota Johnson. The actress completed her Gucci ensemble from The Lost Daughter premiere with Gianvito Rossi pumps and Cartier diamonds. Michael Kovac/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Billie Eilish also paired her corset top with shiny leather pants at her
She was seen in a brown satin corset top by Happier Than Ever album party. Miaou, which she layered over a black lace bra and a black button-down top. She completed her look with patent vegan leather pants with strings from TLZ L’Femme, pointed heels, and tiny sunglasses. Corset Top Outfit Idea No. 6: Skirts Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis Entertainment/Getty Images
Go for a more preppy vibe like Kristen Stewart at Chanel’s Spring 2022 show during
Paris Fashion Week. The actress wore a black lace corset top with a pink tweed jacket-and-skirt set, finishing off with black loafers and white socks. Amy Sussman/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
The Y2K takeover is upon us, so why not wear your corset with the ultimate early-aughts silhouette? The
micro-mini skirt has been known to flatter the cropped styles and tight tops, and the corset is no exception. If you don’t believe us, see Kali Uchis rocking the fitted top with a black mini skirt at the 2021 American Music Awards. Anthony Ghnassia/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images
Pair your corset top with a more elaborate skirt, too, as seen on Paris Jackson at the
Vogue Paris exhibition at Paris Fashion Week. Jackson wore a leather corset with a tulle skirt, paired with platform lace-up heels. Corset Top Outfit Idea No. 7: Corset Skirts Photopix/GC Images/Getty Images
If corset tops aren’t your thing, then the corset skirt is quickly making its way as
the next “It” item. During a trip to Venice with Travis Barker in August, Kourtney Kardashian was spotted wearing a deep-V black cardigan over a black bustier and a red brocade corset skirt. She finished her look with black studded mules from Givenchy and black sunglasses.
You can also dress down the corset skirt by opting for an oversized top, like a vintage graphic tee, and pair it with sneakers or boots.
Corset Top Outfit Idea No. 8: Statement Coat Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images
A statement coat over a corset top can take your outfit to a whole new level.
While on set for a music video in July, Rihanna was spotted in New York City wearing a long, shearling coat with a vintage snakeskin corset top from Dolce & Gabbana’s Spring 2005 collection. (Although, we don’t recommend wearing a coat in 90-degree weather.) Rih then completed her look with baggy pants, pointed heels, a printed silk headscarf, and gold jewelry. Raymond Hall/GC Images/Getty Images
Irina Shayk went for a goth-leaning look with her corset top, pairing it with a black
Matrix-style leather coat, Chrome Hearts jeans, knee-high chunky Chelsea boots, and a statement zebra-printed bag. Corset Top Outfit Idea No. 9: Matching Pants MEGA/GC Images/Getty Images
And if you need to spare yourself from any decision fatigue, matching your corset top with your pants is the easiest outfit idea. Hailey Bieber teamed her long-sleeve version with similar dark denim jeans, making for a modern-day Canadian tuxedo that’s super stylish.
If you’re daring enough to wear a full-on statement color, then channel Megan Fox in a head-to-toe teal blue look, featuring a sleeveless corset paired with matching leather pants from the “It” girl brand
Miaou. Corset Top Outfit Idea No. 10: Vinyl Pants Karwai Tang/WireImage/Getty Images
The fitted silhouette also looks incredible when styled with shiny vinyl pants. Like Queen MoJo at the
Boxing Day premiere in London, you can pair a vibrant corset with a pair of dark-colored vinyl bottoms for that drastic, but still stunning, contrast. Gotham/GC Images/Getty Images
And if you aren’t convinced enough that vinyl pants are the go-to style to wear with a corset, the combo has also been approved by Kourtney Kardashian, who recently wore the teal leopard-printed top with black vinyl bottoms while out in New York City.
Corset Top Outfit Idea No. 11: The Layered Look Rodin Eckenroth/FilmMagic/Getty Images
Layering your look never gets old and it works just as well with a corset top, too. You can contrast the corseted silhouette by opting for other different fitted pieces. For instance, Avril Lavigne showed off her black corset with a cropped moto jacket and a pair of baggy pants to show off her accentuated waist.
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Another take on the layered look is to show off the corseted style over everything.
Emily in Paris actress Ashley Park achieved this stylishly slouchy look by pairing a lace underwire bustier with a draped white blouse and loose-fitted pants. See more outfit ideas for cowboy boots, mini skirts, and Nike Dunks.
This article was originally published on
Oct. 15, 2021