Corsets have received a lot of airtime owing to the Kardashian-Jenner clan, who poured their famous curves into waist-trainers long before the Renaissance garment hit mainstream Noughties fashion. Nowadays, Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Lizzo often join Kim, Kylie and co by lacing themselves into bodices that frame their figures. But it takes a certain type of corset devotee to cinch during the summer months, when oversized silhouettes are de rigueur for most.
Step up Hailey Bieber, Dua Lipa and Adut Akech: a trio of twenty-somethings with a knack for styling corsetry in balmy climes. Bieber, who is currently holidaying at pal Kendall Jenner’s Malibu beach-front pad, posted a picture of herself wearing a black mesh bustier by Cydnie Jordan New York. The model tucked the strapless top with delicate boning detail into high-waisted jeans and added a trio of gold chains to accentuate the neckline. A freckly filter and pig-tails ensured the Insta snap was more cutesy than sexy.
Over in Greece, Akech has been staging impromptu street-style shoots against the fresh white walls and blue skies of Paros. The South Sudanese-Australian model packed a suitcase full of Rat & Boa and Kalita slips, but her most head-turning look came via an Etro mini skirt and white corset top. With a delicate evil eye dangling around her neck, it was Akech’s own spin on tourist style while on the Aegean isle. Bonus fashion points came courtesy of the monogrammed Fendi bag slung over one arm and her Yves Saint Laurent sandals.
Lipa, who celebrated her 25th birthday this weekend also on the beach in Malibu, has been borrowing style notes from her boyfriend Anwar Hadid’s sister, Bella. The model is the queen of dressing down corsets and crop tops, so that they appear casual rather than risqué. Lipa has been pairing her bubble-gum pink and graffiti-decorated styles with jeans, as per the model set.
By framing bandeaus and bodices against boyfriend denim, the visible lingerie trend in fact offers more coverage than the teeny-tiny crop tops that have become the summer staple of Cali girls. During a season which has welcomed the term “midriff-flossing” into the fashion lexicon, the corset looks positively trad in comparison. Do you dare?
From British Vogue