Corset tops—long associated with Renaissance Faires, period films and prim Victorian fashions—have become a stand-out staple of the contemporary wardrobe. Who would’ve thought that what was once considered an outdated, constrictive garment would be reclaimed as an article of self-expression for all genders? Our top picks for this summer implement classical details that have been remixed with contemporary touches: Miaou takes a sweet tangerine toile and freshens it up with simple spaghetti straps, meanwhile Vivienne Westwood adds cotton poplin shirting material to a structured bodice. If you want to go with something a little more daring, why not try a crystal embellished cage from Area or va-va-voom styles by Honey Birdette? Pair any of these with loose, low-rise jeans or straight-leg leather trousers for a party-ready look with just the right amount of edge. Here, twelve of our favorite corsets of the moment.
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