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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Bustier: Chic, Fresh & Sexy

Estella Bartlett Gold Dragonfly Necklace BlogHands up who doesn't have a bustier hanging in their wardrobe?  It literally never even occurred to me, until those lace corsets with whalebones emerged from Dior.  I've played with the idea ever since, only biting the bullet when discovering this denim bustier top from Alexa Chung (a last minute addition to the debut collection).  Paired with a romantic, ruffled skirt, it's giving definite vibes - though of what exactly, I'm not sure.  At the moment, I'm seeing a twist on traditional Tyrolean dress, and Catherine Zeta Jones in The Mask of Zorro, when her dress is strategically cut off mid-sword fight (but, denim).  Yeah, well I did say I wasn't sure of the vibe...
Chic and Fresh Way to Style a Denim Bustier
Dainty Gold Double Lobe Piercing
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Of all the ways to style bustiers right now, my overriding favourite has to be with ruffled, flamboyant skirts.  Even for those of us with flatter chests (waves furiously), bustiers and corsets can unintentionally push in the direction of sexy - which is perfectly fine, unless you're not feeling that on a particular day and fancy balancing it out a little.  Ruffles are nearly always a safe bet, though tulle is a gorgeous option for more special occasions.  For this look, I've opted for an asymmetrical gingham midi skirt, purchased in Mango while in Belgium last month - I've listed some similar ruffled, gingham midi styles above!
Alexa Chung Net a Porter Denim Bustier
Dainty Gold Double Lobe Piercing Blogger
One of the perks of wearing bustiers is undoubtedly their ability to nip in the waist, as well as add a little somethin' somethin' to the chest (obviously).  This ALEXACHUNG denim bustier feels like a stylish alternative to a few other options I've seen around lately, thanks to the front zip travelling the entire length of the top.  It's also safe to say opting for denim feels like a comfortable step (or five) down from heading out in a corseted, leather bodice, and pushes you closer towards daywear, rather than lingerie.
Alexa Chung Designer Denim Bustier Top


Skirt - Mango

Choker - Vintage  |  Bangle - Halcyon Days

Necklace - Dragonfly Necklace c/o Estella Bartlett

Mango Gingham Midi Ruffle Skirt
Styling a Denim Bustier in Summer
Surprise, surprise, I've opted for a ton of dainty gold jewellery!  My love affair with Estella Bartlett is continuing with this adorable little dragonfly necklace; the perfect piece to layer with other delicate gold pieces.  Speaking of which, anybody spot the new piercings?!  I headed to a studio last week and had double lobe piercings done!  I can't believe I hadn't done it sooner; they serve as the perfect extra embellishment I've been looking for - with or without makeup!  Ah, any excuse to stock up on dainty gold earrings en masse...
Gold Dainty and Delicate JewelleryI'd love to hear your thoughts on bustiers - do you own one, and if not, what's stopping you?  

With love,

Gabrielle x

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55 comments

  1. I think every woman should have a bustier/corset in their closet because it makes everyone look like a hottie! I must admit I own over 10 of them because in the early 2000's they were having a moment again and I was young and spent a small fortune on a small collection of them but I have never owned one in denim. Right now I'm trying to figure out if I can get away with buying another one because now you made me want one in denim too.
    LaToya
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  2. SO gorgeous! You've styled this corset top perfectly. Love your skirt too doll xx

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  3. I'm loving all the ruffles this season and your skirt does not disappoint. You look beautiful, I love all of you accessories.

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  4. Very nice outfit!

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  5. Yesss that front zipper bustier is EVERYTHING

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  6. I love wearing bustiers and the outfit is super cute! Amazing photos like always xx

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  7. Ah I'm so obsessed with gingham at the moment. Such a chic print
    Hope you're having a great week so far :)
    Lyndi

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  8. such a gorgeous look gabrielle, love how you wore the bustier with the gingham skirt!
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  9. I don't have a bustier but it's sooo flattering on you and I love it with the gingham skirt!

    Tina
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  10. What a gorgeous look, love the denim bustier, so flattering, I think I have to invest in one. Beautiful accessories and the double lobe piercings were a good decision, looks lovely!

    Miriam xx
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  11. I do actually own a bustier top, not denim, but still too sturdy to be cut off mid sword fight. Should I ever feel compelled to enter one.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  12. Very lovely look, and I love your dainty jewelries :) I suddenly want to take the bustier out of my closet and wear it on my next night out.

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

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  13. Wow that looks great on you darling!

    Xx,

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  14. Wonderful look indeed, very stylish outfit and accessories. The photos are also very well taken. Warm greetings and thank you for stopping by!

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  15. oh but this is a fun one! Love the mix of the denim and gingham, definitely classic but fun with the more edgy style of the bustier. Hope you're having a lovely week babe! Xx

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  16. It looks lovely on you, such a great outfit x
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  17. I don't own any bustier but I'm loving this denim option!! I think it's easier to style as you said and more versatile :)

    Andrea.

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  18. I love bustiers, they're so flattering to draw everything in. I have to admit it's been a while since I've worn one as I've gotten a little round around the tummy but yours look fab with the gingham skirt. I love the Asos one you've linked. Adore the necklace jewellery stack.
    Jaz xoxo
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  19. I've yet to add a bustier/corset to my own wardrobe, but I love seeing them on others. This one looks fantastic on you! And congrats on the new piercings! Welcome to the double lobe club.

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  20. You might not be sure of the vibe but it looks sooo good on you! I also love how bustiers cinch in at the waist. This one especially. You always look amazing in denim, Gabs!

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  21. Such a gorgeous outfit! It's so different but the kind of outfit you can wear to many different places.

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  22. You look so good, this denim bustier has the perfect length and fit. So good you're paired it with ruffle gingham skirt, adds a nice volume to the entire look.

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  23. The Bustier looks so cute with gingham!

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  24. I love the bustier but the skirt is the star of this outfit, I love it so much!! Ruffles and gingham are the trend of this summer!! Happy Friday Gabrielle!! x

    Yiota
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  25. Those are some gorgeous pieces!

    xx Sofia | SOFIAADOT

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  26. That top is gorgeous. And I love the skirt. Those ruffles are divine. I found a similar one on ASOS before I went overseas in yellow that I regretted not purchasing. Sadly it sold out but I think I prefer gingham in black over sunflower yellow anyway ;o)

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  27. Hello my dear,
    I am soooo in love with that look- the skirt is to die for;)
    Hugs from Germany
    Isa
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  28. Oh! I love that top! Cute Outfit! That top would go well with white jeans too!

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  29. You look amazing here hun, this look so suits you :) xx

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  30. Looking like the ultimate enchanting babe of bliss that you are in this bustier gorgeous Gabrielle! I've never thought about owning one but you've 100% inspired me, and the denim make is seriously pretty! I'm crushing so hard on the gingham skirt too, what an utter stunner! Ruffles look totally divine on you, and I'm eyeing up all the other dreamy styles pictured too :) Your double piercing is beaut, you rock dainty gold like no other! <3

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  31. I absolutely love this look! I love that you've paired it with the ruffled skirt because it makes the whole look softer and the gingham print goes so perfectly. I've never thought about owning a bustier before, but this one looks so lovely!
    Amy xx
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  32. My hand is up! I definitely don't own any but dang, it does look really sexy!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

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  33. You are beautiful and the outfit is lovely! :)

    XoXo, Adriana
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  34. I must admit Gabrielle that I've never owned a bustier...I'm not really sure why I guess I've never really considered them. You look fabulous as always also I had no idea that Alexa Chung has her own clothing line! xx

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  35. This outfit is absolutely gorgeous! Have a lovely weekend Gabrielle.

    Gemma
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  36. I don't own a bustier but I guess there is nothing stopping me and I love the look you have created here so I think it's about time I gave it a try :) I love the it cinches in the waist and has that sexy vibe about it but you can style it so it's not too OTT. x

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  37. Oh very gorgeous style darling~
    great picks
    xx

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  38. I love your skirt so so much. You look so pretty in this outfit
    Xx
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  39. I had a bustier back when they were last fashionable - I loved it! This one is fab, and I love how you've paired it with the gingham skirt for a softer look. x

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  40. I love how you've layered all these necklaces, so dainty, but makes a statement!
    Aleeha xXx
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  41. Adore your gingham skirt and your layered necklaces are so pretty!


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  42. I do not have any bustiers but totally love them! Although I am always trying to wear stuff that flattens my chest than enhances it but they do make the waist area look so beautiful! I totally loved catherine zeta jones in zorro sooo cannot love this look enough ;)

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  43. I love the idea of bustiers because they remind me of my goth days without the pain.
    I used to train my waist and wear a proper corset. Those were the days when I could dress up and dance all night in like really uncomfortable clothes.
    I love how you have styled this denim buster.
    And as always I have jewellery envy!
    Kiri
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  44. The gingham skirt balances out the bustier perfectly. And you know what, I don't think I have a bustier in my wardrobe at the moment but I could do with one

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  45. Girl I absolutely LOVE this and how you've styled it! I would never have thought to buy one but really love the look - BABE! <3

    Hayley xo
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  46. What an adorable denim bustier! I do love how you paired it with that skirt. Such a feminine and chic combo! It makes me think of country chic at its best, that is, being worn in a very beautiful and elegant way. I didn't even check out that new Alexa Chung's collection yet, I bet it is pretty cool. Anyhow, you look fantastic!

    I totally remember that scene from Zorro. I believe it is one of the best known scenes in film history. Besides lovely Catherine Zeta Jones' acting, I also enjoyed the soundtrack of that film a lot. It is one of the few films that I watched a few times- and enjoyed it every time.

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  47. That's a really nice denim top. I like how you pair it with the checkered skirt, really brings out the best out of each piece. Lovely photos by the way. Nicely done!

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  48. I love your outfit and how you styled everything! You look really lovely Gabrielle :) xx

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  49. I think given the fact that it's made of denim, makes it so wearable! I love this one on you! I love lingerie-inspired wardrobe pieces! They're so feminine xx

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  50. Cute top! I love that it's denim. As for myself, I have never owned one yet. Keyword being yet!

    Kim
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  51. I always think of "lingerie" type clothing when it comes to bustiers/corsets Gabrielle. Your denim one is so awesome. It really makes me think differently about them. I super love that skirt. Nice pairing.
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  52. I´m obsessed with this outfit!You look gorgeous:-)

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  53. Gorgeous.. that gingham skirt is giving me all the feels! x

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