You've been scrolling through IG lately and starting to see celebs wearing oversized shirt dresses (that's normal) but... what is that belt thing? And where can I get one because their waists look SNATCHED. The baddest babes and hottest trendsetters are at it once again, making the corset lace up belt a thing. Worn over a loose-fitting shirt dress or an oversized sweater, these baddies are rocking the look like no other.
However, they're not totally inventing the corset belt — rather, they're reinventing a long-standing fashion piece that started as an undergarment for women to keep their sh*t together.
The corset first became super popular in 16th century Europe — think Victorian balls and gowns and all that. They were worn under dresses to keep everything nice and shapely, giving women a super tiny waist, and acting as a laced bodice. Corsets were tight and were often made of silk.
Not only did these bad boys give ladies a tiny waist, but they also helped with posture; you can't sit slouched with this laced around your torso. The ideal image was a deep V at the waist.
From the Victorian era, women then moved into a more hourglass body shape, cinching corsets even more at the waist and then letting the hips match the shoulders, or even go further past it. It flared out and ended below the waist, and was way more curvy than previously, when it was much more funnel-like.
With the hourglass figure coming into play, we basically made room for hips and thighs and, of course, that booty. The Edwardian corset, aka the new figure, pushed women's posture more upright and their chests and rears up and out.
Corsets came and left when women's fashion began to revolutionize — thank goodness because like, how are we supposed to demolish a Thanksgiving dinner with a corset on!? However, the fashion goddesses have taken a new spin on it, and it's about to keep killing the game.