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Regency Fashion Is Back, So Say Good Day To Corsets

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You wouldn’t expect the 1800s and the Kardashian/Jenner clan to have inspired the same fashion trend, but they both have something to do with the rebirth of the corset.

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The Netflix show Bridgeton can be credited for this cultural merge, and besides Kim and Kylie, there are plenty of other celebrities who have indulged in the pretty and femme trend.

Hailey Bieber and Dua Lipa have been wearing corset crops all year, and who will ever forget the white number Olivia Rodrigo wore in her Good 4 U music video.

More recently, Billie Eilish posted a picture on her Instagram styled in a graphic corset.

The corset has had many iterations in its lifespan from the 16th to the 20th century. It’s even been reported that a version of the garment was worn all the way back to 1600 BC.

It was originally used as a tight-fitting undergarment that was structured out of whalebone, then steel.

However, the patriarchal roots of the corset can’t be brushed over, and throughout its life, it has been used to distort the female form into an hourglass figure and in other times, an ‘S’ shape.

According to Vogue UK, the corset faded from fashion’s view in the 60s and 70s because people weren’t interested in restrictive clothing, at least until Vivienne Westwood disrupted the scene with her iconic punk aesthetic.

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Billie Eilish in her corset. (Credit: Instagram)

Then in the 80s, designers like Jean-Paul Gaultier and Thierry Mugler began to feature it in their collections.

These days brands like Jacquemus, Isabel Marant, Stella McCartney, Yves Saint Laurent, Tom Ford, and Balenciaga have revived the corset for modern consumers.

In 2021, the corset has done away with whale bones and its breath restricting structure.

Now, it’s more of a crop top shaped in the essence of its original form. 

It’s quite casual, and it’s perfect for festivals, dinners, and parties. It can be styled with mum jeans, kilts, basketball sneakers and bike shorts.

To wear the trend Marie Antoinette would envy you for, here are the best takes to add to your wardrobe.

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ATOIR The Alpha Crop, $179.95 from The Iconic can be found here. 

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Collusion Satin Corset 90s Top In Toffee, $40.00 from Asos can be found here. 

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Fashion Times Waist Corset Natural, $65.00 from Verge Girl can be found here. 

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Faux Leather Corset, $31.99 from Glassons can be found here. 

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BY DYLN Karter Corset, $79.95 from The Iconic can be found here. 

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Asos Design Square Neck Corset In Grey Marl, $40.00 by Asos can be found here. 

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