Let's face it, bustiers are pretty much the modern, non-body-altering version of corsets. Both are tight enough to show everything you would normally want to hide, both usually involve some sort of curve-enhancing panelling, and they're both really, really tricky to style. Warning: a single wrong decision can take you into some intensely trashy territory. While I'm not saying that I've mastered the difficult art deskanking bustiers, I have learned some painfully embarrassing lessons through experience, and I figure posting these tips might just save you from my shame.
Don't Try For The Pin-Up Vibe
This whole look is more than a little played out, so leave the head-scarf and polka dot shorts at home. Bows and kitten heels would also wax a little cliche.
When In Doubt, Throw On A Jacket/Sweater/Coat
I get it, wearing something that was once widely considered lingerie can be a bit intimidating not to mention inappropriate for work or a dinner with the rents, so feel free to chicken out and do some light layering. Blazers are classic, but a cardigan can give the outfit a cool, casual vibe.
Pattern It Up
When testing the bustier waters, you don't want to look like you're wearing an old-fashioned, physically-morphing corset. Have you ever seen a patterned corset? No? So wear patterns...embellishments are also highly recommended.
Not Enough People Want To See Your Abs To Justify Wearing An Ultra-Cropped Bustier
This is not a shirt, it's a bra-that's why it's under the "Undergarment" tab on Free People's website. Please don't try to style it like a shirt...because you will fail.
Bustier Dresses Are (Almost) Always Safe Bets
Go for it. You can pick up this particular dress here.