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How to wear the daytime corset

Modern power dressing in one ultra-flattering piece – here’s the secret to wearing it well

Tibi SS18

Ever since the always-influential Miuccia Prada translated the deconstructed bustier into a loosely laced-up waist belt for FW16, the piece has been popping up in various incarnations across the runways, layered over everything from billowing blouses to oversized tees.

The beauty of the daytime corset – now championed by a host of cutting-edge contemporary designers from Tibi to Rejina Pyo – is that it makes a statement without screaming for attention. It allows you to reinvent the pieces that are already in your closet just by redefining their silhouette: even a simple shirt becomes fashion-forward when layered beneath one of these.

New York-based label Tibi – whose designer Amy Smilovic has rendered modern ‘waspies’ in everything from denim and vinyl to colored plastic – advocates styling a pretty, transparent-pink corset over a checked suit for SS18. The result? A subverted twist on power dressing.

From streamlining oversized knits and floaty dresses to elevating officewear, this versatile accessory is ready to style all week long…

Styling notes

1. For a modern spin on workwear dressing, layer a leather corset belt over a longline blazer and wide-leg tailored pants, or opt for a neutral corset over a plaid suit.

2. Mix your textures: try pairing a vinyl corset with a silk shirt, or use metallic gold to break up head-to-toe black.

3. A structured leather corset will add edge to a classic white shirt and blue jeans – it’s the ultimate day-to-night styling trick.

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