I’ve had this corset for more than a decade. It’s not something I wear often, but when I do, I like to temper the lingerie connotation by pairing it with a long-sleeved silk blouse underneath, or a tank top and wide-leg trousers. This piece on its own is very suggestive, and I’d only wear it that way for a swanky night out. Today I thought pairing it with a wifebeater and a sweet, long linen skirt would dial down some of the overtness. I rather like the result, which is kind of Victorian-meets-prairie-meets-contemporary.
I think the juxtaposition of a structured, boned corset over an untucked—and exposed—cotton undershirt, and the flowing skirt is what I love most about this ensemble. Demure ruffles hover above more corset detailing on the booties. There is hard and soft, a little angel and a little devil.