I Wasn't Sure How to Wear a Corset, But Think I Figured It Out

I’ve been trying to wrap my mind around how to wear a corset for a while now. The trend is definitely here to stay, but how exactly are fashion girls pulling it off? Sifting through street style photos, it occurred to me that it all comes down to layering. Whether you add yours over a tailored blazer and jeans or use it to cinch a dress, it’ll look coolest when added as a shape-defining piece. Here, see 11 fashion girl–approved corset outfits you’ll want to repeat.


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Step up the blazer trend by adding a leather corset over one.


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Add some shape to an oversize dress.


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Break up a monochrome outfit with another color.


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PVC is everywhere right now.


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Bella Hadid is also a fan of this style.


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Taking suiting to another level.


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Fashion-forward and cool.


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Unexpected leather corsets are the runaway hit on the street style scene.


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Add a waist-cinching effect.


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You can also try a corset underneath your jacket.


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Go for a monochrome look.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.