Consider This Your Crash Course in Styling Corset Tops

a collage of corset top outfits

While every new season brings with it a bevy of exciting trends and outfit ideas, none sit as close to my heart as summer. I'm a sucker for every aspect of summer style—from the sandals to the swimwear to the sundresses. But this year, the prospect of summer feels all the more exciting because of one specific trend: corset tops. While the lingerie-inspired look is nothing new, this risqué trend embodies "hot girl summer" energy to me. It's already an alluring type of top, but with new versions of the staple ranging from versions with underwire busts and puff sleeves to bold patterns and cozier fabrics, this trend is too spicy not to try.

However, I'd be lying if I didn't say that corset tops aren't exactly the easiest trend to adopt. Luckily, plenty of inspiration on the internet can show how to style corset tops for any occasion. Ahead, you'll find 20 corset-top outfits that make a serious case for investing in the trend for the summer (plus shopping recommendations). No matter your personal style, this top is the must-have staple of the summer.

Corset Top + Matching Miniskirt + Matching Pumps + Shoulder Bag

a photo of a woman's corset top outfit styled with a matching miniskirt and pumps

(Image credit: @emnitta)

The easiest way to style a corset top is by opting for a coordinated look. Pair your top with a matching miniskirt, matching heels, and a bold handbag for a no-fail way to style this sultry staple. Bonus points if you go for a bold hue or print.

Printed Corset Top + Leather Pants + Shoulder Bag + Sunglasses

a photo of a woman's corset top outfit with a printed bustier and black leather pants and a white shoulder bag

(Image credit: @the_real_chi)

Half of pulling off a corset-top outfit is styling. You’ll want to find the perfect iteration of this top for you (in strapless, cotton, or halter form), and to make your top sizzle, you’ll want to pair it with bold separates. Don’t be afraid to mix colors and textures. Opt for a pair of leather pants or an It shoulder bag of the season to finish the look off.

Corset Top + Blouse + Leggings + Combat Boots

a woman's corset top outfit with a black bustier layered over a white top with black leggings and combat boots

(Image credit: @hodanyousuf)

Modest dressers can get in on this trend, too. In fact, a corset top is a perfect piece for playing with layering. The key to making this piece work for your style is to not be afraid to play with unconventional lengths and pairings. Go ahead and wear leggings, a blouse, a skirt, and a corset, or throw it over your favorite turtleneck and trousers. The pairing possibilities are endless with this top.

Corset Top + Matching Pants + Bucket Hat + Sneakers

a woman's corset top outfit with a yellow busiter and matching pants and sneakers and a hat

(Image credit: @yoyokulala)

Color more your thing? Then, you’ll want to opt for a monochromatic look, just with a colorful corset top. Personally, we’re living for this pale-yellow corset top paired with matching linen pants, but no matter what color you choose, you can’t go wrong with this look so long as you finish it off with a fun bucket hat.

Corset Top + Trousers + Chain Necklace

a woman's corset top outfit with a white bustier styled with matching trousers and a chain necklace

(Image credit: @daniellejinadu)

The best thing about corset tops? Versatility, darling. Get creative with layers or take a minimal, monochrome approach. (Think of a white corset and matching trousers paired with your favorite jewelry.) Basically, this top will be the only thing you’ll want to wear all summer long.

Knit Corset Top + Leather Miniskirt + Sunglasses + Hoop Earrings

a photo of a woman's corset top outfit with knit bustier and leather miniskirt and sunglasses and hoops

(Image credit: @aniyahmorinia)

Who said a corset top couldn’t be comfy? With newer iterations of the lingerie-inspired piece crafted from linens and knits, you can wear this sultry top without breaking a sweat. Just be sure that the top includes some sort of bustier element or fitted ribbing to give the same effect as the real thing.

Corset Top + Baggy Jeans + Sneakers

a woman's corset top outfit with a white bustier styled with baggy jeans and sneakers

(Image credit: @piashah_)

Opting for a corset in a comfier fabric isn’t the only way you can make this trend more approachable to wear daily. Try pairing a corset top with oversize jeans and sneakers for a fun, unexpected look to wear to brunch, out on errands, or just for the chance to finally leave the sweats behind.

Corset Top + Printed Jeans + Contrasting Pointed Pumps

a woman's corset top outfit with a red feather bustier styled with red zebra print jeans and green sparkly pumps

(Image credit: @ninasandbech)

For many, like myself, the prospect of returning to the streets serving a full look is top of mind. No other garment is entirely up for the challenge like a corset top. I can’t think of a better way to tell the world that we’re back than wearing a bold corset (think bright colors, feathers, lush fabrics) paired with bold printed pants and your new revenge heels. Watch out, world. The corset top is taking over.

Corset Top + Basket Ball Shorts + Sports Jersey + Bucket Hat + Layered Jewelry

a woman's corset top outfit with a white bustier styled with green basket ball shorts and a white sports jersey and a purple bucket hat

(Image credit: @celmatique)

Not ready to slip into some heels? No problem. Try a more athletic-inspired look by pairing a corset top with basketball shorts, a sports jersey, a bucket hat, some jewelry, and your signature sneakers for an everyday outfit that still will turn heads.

Puff-Sleeve Corset Top + Satin Skirt + Dainty Pendant Necklace

a woman's corset top outfit with a white and floral puff sleeve bustier styled with a yellow slip skirt

(Image credit: @maggie_mccormack)

Whether you’re a fan of period pieces like Bridgerton or you just enjoy the idea of a floral-inspired look with puff sleeves and a corset top, then this outfit idea is all you. A stunning printed corset with sleeves is a must for the summer, as it can be styled over a silk dress, with a silk skirt, or even with jeans. The possibilities are endless.

Underbust Bustier + Oversize Button-Down + Sneakers

a woman's corset top outfit with a printed bustier cup styled over an oversize white button-down shirt dress

(Image credit: @jeannine.roxas)

Florals not your thing? You can still wear a corset top this summer without feeling like you’re an extra on the set of Bridgerton. Throw on an oversize white button-down dress and your favorite sneakers with a traditional corset or even a bustier cup to spice up this wardrobe staple.

Corset Top + Button-Down Shirt + Printed Pajama Pants

a woman's corset top outfit with a white bustier styled with an oversize button-down shirt and polka dot pajama pants

(Image credit: @sophiabrenn)

Let me say it loud and clear: Corset tops are the staple that will carry you through every summer event. Yes, you can wear them out for the day or date night, but they’re also perfect for a dinner party at a friend’s house. Pair them with a linen button-down and some pajama pants, and you’ll have a cozy-chic look that you can curl up in while having a glass of wine with your besties.

Leather Corset Top + Floral Mesh Top + Leather Pants + Platform Boots

a woman's corset top outfit with a leather bustier layered over a floral print mesh top with leather pants and platform boots

(Image credit: @samimiro)

While the world hasn’t reopened fully, this corset-top outfit is one you’ll want to pin for later. Maybe it will be for drinks or a concert, but this head-to-toe leather look paired with the colorful second-skin top and platform boots is everything we dream of reemerging in, and then some.

Denim Corset + Denim Jacket + Jeans + Combat Boots + Bucket Hat

a woman's corset top outfit with a jean bustier styled with a matching jacket and jeans and combat boots

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Did your brow just break out in a sweat thinking about the idea of wearing head-to-toe leather? You can still pull off a corset-top outfit and maintain the drip without drippin’ in sweat literally by opting for a denim-on-denim look instead. Pair a denim corset with your favorite jacket and jeans and add sneakers or sandals for a breezier take on this look.

Underbust Bustier + Maxi Floral Dress + Shoulder Bag

a woman's corset top outfit with a brown leather bustier over a maxi floral dress

(Image credit: @mariaalia)

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to style pants with a corset top. If you’re opposed to tailored bottoms (like me), don’t be afraid to style your corset over a maxi dress. It’s a fail-proof way to avoid thigh sweat and wear your beloved staple.

Corset Blazer + Tank Top + Trousers + Heels + Sunglasses

a woman's corset top outfit with a black bustier blazer styled over a white tank with black trousers and heels

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Corset tops aren’t just for the off-duty moments; there are ways you can dress this look up for more formal occasions. Finding a blazer with corset detailing and pairing it with slacks and heels is one way to do it. Who said corsets couldn’t be corporate?

Underbust Corset + Button-Down Shirt + Wide-Leg Jeans + Pointed Heels

a woman's corset top outfit with a black underbust corset styled over a white button-down shirt styled with wide-leg jeans and pointed heels

(Image credit: @noore)

Styling a corset top is all about knowing your comfort level, and if you’re looking for an outfit that strikes the right balance between dressed up and casual, look no further. Pairing your corset with a button-down top, jeans, and heels is the perfect way to make this structured top work for you.

Corset Top + Capri Pants + Thong Sandals + Shoulder Bag

a woman's corset top outfit with a printed corset styled with black capri pants and black heeled thongs and a pink purse

(Image credit: @alyssainthecity)

For those hotter-than-hot days, wearing jeans and a button-down may be too much to handle. Instead, pair a corset top with capri pants—or even denim shorts—thong sandals, and a fun statement bag to keep yourself looking good without overheating.

Printed Corset Top + Printed Pants + Stacked Necklaces

a woman's corset top outfit with a printed bustier styled with contrasting printed pants and stacked necklaces

(Image credit: @himichelleli)

You’ve made it this far, so you know there are so many ways you can style a corset top—the key is to be creative. Don’t be afraid to mix patterns (like the outfit above) or style it with pieces you wouldn’t think would go together. When it comes to wearing this top, there is no right way to do it; you just have to have fun with it.

a woman's corset top outfit with a black corset styled with matching black pants and layered jewelry

(Image credit: @_marisamartins_)

When in doubt, the best thing you can do is opt for an all-black look. This truth holds up when wearing a corset top, too. You can style this lingerie trend in so many ways, but the easiest way is to pair it with some black trousers and layer on the jewelry. We promise this outfit (and all the other ways to wear this top) will be the highlight of your summer.

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman

Jasmine Fox-Suliaman is a fashion editor living in New York City. What began as a hobby (blogging on Tumblr) transformed into a career dedicated to storytelling through various forms of digital media. She started her career at the print publication 303 Magazine, where she wrote stories, helped produce photo shoots, and planned Denver Fashion Week. After moving to Los Angeles, she worked as MyDomaine's social media editor until she was promoted to work across all of Clique's publications (MyDomaine, Byrdie, and Who What Wear) as the community manager. Over the past few years, Jasmine has worked on Who What Wear's editorial team, using her extensive background to champion rising BIPOC designers, weigh in on viral trends, and profile stars such as Janet Mock and Victoria Monét. She is especially interested in exploring how art, fashion, and pop culture intersect online and IRL.