Brown corsets are the sexiest? Perhaps in the Steampunk World

From as early as the 16th century, corsets have been a symbol of beauty and sensuality amongst women. Nowadays there is a wide variety of corsets to choose from in a slew of different colors, making every occasion from bedroom play to weddings a game of dress up. Initially (and still today) used achieve that glamorous hour glass figure, they have become statement pieces that enhance any woman’s body features.

Corsets in particular give off a sweet and discreet image, while keeping it elegant and classy. Crucial staples to any Steampunk outfit, brown corsets, and a myriad of other colors allows you to play it up or down depending on the occasion (photoshoot, day out, late night parties, etc). The beauty of such bustiers is that it resembles an antique piece of garment while offering modern twists of design and patterns that are sure to give any outfit that definitive touch. Unlike other colors, brown tops are special in that they are wearable both under and over other articles of clothing. A plain white shirt can instantly be transformed into a bold statement with the slip of a brown bustier! No corset is ever too bland, as the different hues of brown can make for an elegant and tastefully accented top. As brown is easy to combine with colors such as gold, black, grey, and red, you will find a multitude of different brown bustiers to choose from that all retain class and beauty.

gold_rush_brown_corsetThe Gold Rush Brocade Brown and Gold Corset from the online corset store The Violet Vixen is a perfect example, combining the richness of the color gold with the versatility of the brown to offer a timeless piece that has its beauty rooted in simplicity. The dark brown ruffles at the top and bottom of this piece add flair, while the vertical stripes that run down the corset help accentuate one’s curves and slimness. The Studette Revealed Brocade Chocolate Brown-Gold Corset is another, offering a dazzling modern take on the traditional brown corsetry with the use of 3 zippers running down the front of the corset. Two of these zippers are opened midway to reveal a beautiful, Victorian-styled lining detailed in gold. Its best feature however, is that this organic gold pattern covers the back of the corset, to make the back just as beautiful as the front! For the girls interested in steampunk clothing, the Twisted Tinker Caramel Corset may be the perfect choice, also in brown. Best fitted on those with curves, this corset is eye candy with its two frontal straps that expose the center chest region. With buckles, clasps and horizontal lines all along the corset, this piece covers more area on the body than others, making it the queen of statement pieces.

Corsets, especially those in brown, are a staple piece in the wardrobe of any corset enthusiast, especially a Steampunk lover’s. With one, you can go from a saloon godess to a total vixen with little effort, ensuring that you will make heads turn wherever you go.

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Rise of Corsets in the Burlesque World

The corset has become an iconic fashion symbol, which has been seen in a number of different communities lately. It has been prominently featured in the world of Burlesque, and for good reason. The burlesque corset is a fashionable way for many women to make a statement with how they dress. As a result, it has been considered by mainstream society to be provocative and alluring at the same time. It is no surprise then that many in the burlesque fashion community enjoy wearing these outfits. The corset has undergone many transformations over the years, but it has recently found a home here in the underworld.

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First, you might be wondering how the corset became to acquire such a reputation to begin with in Western society. Over a century ago, the corset actually maintained a place among high society. It was once used strictly as an undergarment, since it allowed women (especially pinup models) the chance to slim down their frame. It provided women with a classic hourglass look that they could maintain under a dress. It wasn’t until decades later that the corset would ever be worn as a top on its own. This wasn’t seen until the 20th century, when a few provocative photo shoots began emphasizing this look.

However, it didn’t take long for this style to take off once people did see these shoots. It was the focal point of many social discussions about whether it was appropriate to wear this type of clothing. Some people naturally became interested in seeing this new look, but it was firmly challenged by moralistic groups in the country. Not surprisingly, the corset became a symbol for many different people wanting to change up societal conventions. The era of the pinup girl brought in models like Bettie Paige, who were able to challenge the status quo opinion about how these outfits should be worn.

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The burlesque community has readily adopted the corset, in large part because it was so symbolic for many people. It represented a major step forward for women’s rights activists, who felt that they should be able to wear these kinds of outfits without public scrutiny. It also simply became a symbol for sexual liberation as well, since many readily saw the sensuality that the corset offered many women. The burlesque community continues to laud the importance of the corset, as well as the sheer sense of fashion that it offers. This is why you will see the corset adopted in to many different styles, including both burlesque dance and bondage exhibitions.

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Over the past few decades, the burlesque corset itself has undergone quite a few changes as well. Some of these corset models continue to be worn on their own as bustiers. Some fashion designers have even begun to usher in a revival of corsets worn under the clothes, as they were a century ago. You can often see these designs incorporated in to steam punk themed burlesque shows, since they emphasize Victorian era fashion sensibilities. Given the prevalence and popularity of the corset, it seems like it will be a staple of many burlesque communities for years to come.

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Pinup Girls Wear Corsets (from time to time)

A pin up girl is a female model who is photographed in an eye pleasing sensual pose and displayed on mass produced calendars, postcards, posters, magazines, or newspapers. Pinup girls and corsets seem to go hand in hand and are usually displayed in these sensual and sexy photographs.

It started towards the end of the 19th century, female actresses and female burlesque performers promoted themselves with steamy photographic advertisement and displayed these sexy photographs on the walls of live entertainment theaters, smoking rooms, and elegant mens social bars. These up and rising females who were labeled as a pin-up girls were considered to be sex symbols and were fantasized by men of all ages.

The most popular pin-up girl of all time was Betty Grable who was most appreciated during World War II by the men in the United States military. Many of the pin up girls would dress up in camouflage military style outfits and combat boots. You could still see some of the pin up girls wearing sexy corsets and slinky heels to pose for their loving fans. There was a high demand for so many magazine photographs that between 1942-1946 over nine million copies of magazines were sent to the American troops free of charge.

There were at least twenty popular pin up girls from the 1920’s which include Josephine Baker, Vilma Banky, Camille Clifford, Bebe Daniels, Louise Brooks, Clara Bow, Billie Dove, Colleen Moore, Nita Naldi, Pola Negri, Alice White, Lilyan Tashman, and Gloria Swanson.

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There were at least twenty memorable pin up girls from the 1930’s. Let’s not forget about some of these names, Joan Blondell, Joan Crawford, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Ginger Rogers, Peggy Shannon, Thelma Todd, Toby Wing, Gypsy Rose Lee, Carol Lombard, and May West.

There were more than thirty popular pin up girls from the 1940’s are Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Jane Greer, Susan Hayward, Rita Hayworth, Lena Horne, Candy Jones, Ann Miller, Jane Russell, Marie Wilson, June Haver, Veronica Lake, and Shelley Winters.

Let’s take a look at the 1950’s, the list is so long it includes approximately fourty pin up girls. Some of the lovely ladies include Carroll Baker, Candy Barr, Mara Corday, Dagmar, Diana Dors, Myrna Hansen, Jennie Lee, Sophia Loren, Cleo Moore, Kim Novak, Bettie Page, Sabrina, Elizabeth Taylor.

Why pin up girls and corsets in most of the photographs? Corsets are designed to hold the make the body look slimmer and give a look of particular body frame and silhouette. It helps to emphasize a curvy sexy body figure. It also helps to exaggerate the hips and small or large bust. It gives lift to the breasts and gives them a pushed up look. Corsets are beautifully created with lace, metal eyelets, silk and satin.

Our modern day culture is very fashion oriented and corset fashion still remains popular from pin up girls to the girl next door. They are worn at home behind closed doors in the bedroom. It is also common to see these being worn in public for all to see.

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The Role of Corsets in Fashion

Image courtesy www.thevioletvixen.com

Image courtesy www.thevioletvixen.com

Wearing of corsets arguably reached their peak during the pinup girl era. Many of the top fashion icons from the 1950s were seen with a purple corset on during many of their photo shoots. The popularity waned slightly in the decades after that, but has experienced a revival lately. Many people enjoy wearing these types of corsets as an homage to the pinup girls from that era. Their exotic and sensual look left an indelible imprint in the imagination of many Americans. Many people today associate these exterior bustier corset designs as representative of many women’s rights movements as well.

Many people are starting to look to corsets as a new trending fashion design, but some may not realize that they actually have an extensive history to them. It can be fascinating to take a look back in to the recent past and see how they have evolved in popular fashion culture. A fair number of fashion icons in American society became famous because of photos they had taken wearing these corsets. They have actually been worn intermittently for centuries, but have experienced multiple revivals over the past few decades. Read through to find more information about how the usage of the corset has gradually changed over time.

The modern history of the corset took a dramatic turn around World War I, when there was actually a restriction placed on wearing them. This was because a lot of metal went in to constructing these corsets, which were highly popular at the time. During the course of the war, over 28,000 tons of metal were saved due to the ban that was put in to place. Though this temporarily decreased the appeal of these corsets, many people became interested in these corsets after the war had ended. This next phase would create a dramatic revival, since the corset began being used in a number of unique ways.

historical corset fashionPrior to this point, many corsets were used as an undergarment. They were primarily used to control the figure of women who were overweight or pregnant. This contributed to their appeal, because they were often capable of slimming down the appearance of women when they were fully clothed. But after the war, there were quite a few people who became interested in changing the way that corsets were worn in general. There were some early models such as Edith Amanda Nielsen who were photographed wearing the clothing on the exterior. This rapidly became popular and began to be prominently featured in different fashion photo shoots.

During the pinup girl era, this style continued to rise in popularity. Quite a few models wore more provocative cuts of exterior corsets, which drew quite a bit of public attention. It actually generated some controversy, since many disagreed on whether it was appropriate for women to appear publicly like this. Some fashion icons such as Bettie Paige and many others made a name for themselves for posing while wearing these new corset cuts. Although it did generate controversy, it did also dramatically increase the popularity of these styles.

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