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Women's Basques and Corsets

Whether they are worn as seductive underwear or even as a risqué addition to an outfit for a big night out, you can't go wrong with a corset or basque. Women's basques and corsets are perfect for creating a waspish waist and elegant feminine silhouette and are available in a wide range of different materials, styles and colours.

The two main varieties of corsets and basques are overbust or underbust - with underbust corsets and basques are more versatile and popular as outerwear and overbust corsets and basques are more of a statement item. Traditionally corsets were made with stiff boning made from materials such as steel to ensure to ensure the ultimate shaping effect, but now they are available in many more relaxed styles that make them easier to wear.

Styles of basques and corsets

Corsets as outerwear are becoming an increasingly stylish choice, whether you're going for a gothic look or something more high fashion. Some popular styles include wearing corsets and basques over shirts or dresses to highlight and slim the waist, creating a feminine silhouette. They also look great worn simply with a pair of well fitting jeans.

As underwear, it really depends on the look you're trying to achieve as to which colours and materials will work best. Corsets and basques with suspenders are often popular lingerie choices to be worn under wedding dresses or on romantic occasions, in which cases tasteful whites and creams are a popular choice.

If you're looking for a bolder and more striking choice of underwear, why not try satin or even leather corset or basque in black or bold reds and pinks. You may even want to consider corsets or basques with embellishments like fur trimming or sequinned designs to make the most impact.

Tips on buying basques and corsets

To find basques and corsets in the perfect size, it will help if you know your bust, hip and waist measurements as well as the length of your torso. Having all of these to hand as you browse will help to ensure you pick the most comfortable corset, making it far easier to wear.

Try to select an item that has an underlayer made of natural material such as cotton, as moisture wicking properties will make your corset more comfortable, particularly in hot weather or when worn for long periods of time. This is especially helpful when choosing a traditional corset that is designed to minimise the waist size, whereas fashion corsets and basques that aren't designed with this in mind can be easily worn in different materials.

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