23 Bustier Dresses That Don't Look Like Lingerie (Plus, How To Wear Them)

March 22, 2013 by Katelyn Holland
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Bustier dresses are the perfect, girly dress for spring party or wedding. They are also a great way to perk up your bust and make your stomach look slimmer. But they can be a tricky trend to pull off. Corset tops dresses walk the fine line between looking like stripper costume or a prom dress. But this doesn’t mean you should avoid the trend altogether. Check out our tips for wearing a bustier dress and then click through the slideshow to shop our favorites:

Make sure it fits: This is the most important factor to consider when wearing a bustier dress. A corset top should fit you like a bra. Make sure it’s snug (you don’t want to be pulling it up all night) but your boobs should look like they are about to pop out.

Try different fabrics and patterns: Satin or silk bustier dress can look costumey so go with dainty floral dress instead. Or try the mixed media trend with a dress that has a leather top and a lace bottom. The mix will add an interesting element to your look.

Don’t go too low: Stay away from plunging necklines. Corset tops are sexy enough on their own; they don’t need to be low cut too. A deep v-neck will make the dress look trashy. Keep it modest and stick with a simple sweetheart top. If you want to emphasize your neckline, go with a statement necklace instead.

Avoid front closures: Stay away from dresses that have crazy zippers, ties and buttons down the front of the bust. Save the lace up-corset dress for the bedroom or halloween. If you really like front closures, try this cute button-up dress by Bestey Johnson ($128).

Pair it with a jacket or sweater: For example, a blazer and make the dress look more formal. It’s the perfect combination of sexy and conservative. But a chunky knit cardigan can also make the dress seem more casual. This is a great way to tone done the “vavavoom” factor of a bustier dress.

For more shopping, check out pastel pants for any jean size, this map-printed bomber jacket and scalloped accessories.

[Photo: Alice + Olivia]



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