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To Dress Up or Down? 5 Ways to Style Corset Dresses

To Dress Up or Down? 5 Ways to Style Corset Dresses

Corsets are a trending look in fashion right now. There are tons of ways to add this Brigerton-inspired staple to your wardrobe but the most fun way to channel this Regency-era style is with a short corset dress. While these dresses might seem very elegant, you can style a corset dress up or down for wherever you’ll be wearing this stunning piece, from a picnic in the park to an after-work event. Read on for 5 simple ways you can style a short corset dress no matter where you’re going. 

Dress Up: Blazers and Jackets

To instantly elevate your short corset dress, style it with a blazer or a jacket. Wear an oversized or fitted blazer for a look that’s professional for the office. Add a leather or moto jacket to transition your short corset dress from daytime to evening wear. Blazers and jackets are key layering pieces to keep in your closet. Maintain a few neutral-colored items so you can easily pair them with whatever color or style of corset dresses you own.

Dress Down: Cardigans

If you’re looking for a simple way to wear a fancier corset dress for an everyday look, add a cardigan. Choose between an oversized or fitted cardigan, open-front or button-front, and any type of length or color you want. A cardigan will instantly transform your short corset dress into a cozy yet chic style that’s perfect for a casual movie date or dinner with friends. Cardigans paired with a corset dress also fit the cottagecore aesthetic, so if that’s the look you’re going for, you definitely need these pieces in your closet. 

Dress Up: Heels 

The footwear you opt to wear with your corset dress helps you solidify the look you’re aiming for. If you’re looking to dress up your short corset dress, wear it with heels. From pumps to platforms, this style of shoe will look stunning with your corset dress and will make it look elevated even if the dress has a more casual appearance to it. If you do want to elevate the look but aren’t a fan of heels, you can also choose a fancy strappy sandal or ballet flats. Knee-high boots (with or without a heel) also give a dressed-up appearance to a short corset dress.

Dress Down: Sneakers

For a comfortable, casual look, wear sneakers or tennis shoes with your short corset dress. The ultra-casual appearance of the sneakers will balance out the fancy appearance of the dress while also looking very feminine. This style is perfect if you want to wear a really cute outfit but have to wear comfortable footwear, like if you’re running errands or going to the farmer’s market. This simple footwear choice is an excellent way to bring versatility to a corset dress you may normally save for fancier occasions. 

Dress Up: Accessories

A simple method for instantly elevating your look is to add accessories. From jewelry to belts, you can add a few accessories to your short corset dress to instantly dress it up. Throw on some layered necklaces to transition the look for evening wear. Add a fashionable belt to create some definition in the look while making a bold statement. 

No matter where you’re going, you’ll also need to take along a purse with you. The handbag you choose to pair with your short corset dress can help make the look more elevated. Wear a handbag that compliments the design of your dress without taking away from its elegance. After all, you want the dress to be the star of the show, so make sure you pair wisely.

Dress Up or Down with Tights and Leggings

To further add versatility to your short corset dress, consider pairing the dress with tights or leggings – no matter the occasion. This style tip is also a great way to transition your short corset dress through multiple seasons, as you can add tights or leggings to provide warmth during cold months.

Depending on how you style them, this pairing can appear dressed up or dressed down. Add a pair of neutral or solid-colored tights under your corset dress and pair it with heels or boots for a dressed-up appearance. Pair leggings under a short corset dress with knee-high socks and sneakers for a casual, 90s-inspired look. 

A short corset dress is a must-have for every closet. Its versatility is unmatched and can be a staple piece all year long. With these style tips, you’ll easily be able to transition these looks throughout the year while wearing the piece dressed up or dressed down. No matter where you’re heading this season, you can count on a short corset dress to keep you looking stylish. 



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