Fashion Tips

  • Steel-Boned Corsets Vs. Cinchers: What's the Difference?

    Corsets vs. Cinchers

    Two Ways to Train Your Waist

    If you're curious about the modern waist training trend that is sweeping Hollywood and transforming everyday women, one of the first questions you'll encounter is whether to use a traditional steel-boned corset or a cincher. Both are effective at training your waist, so does it matter which type you use?

    Some women swear that corsets are the only way to go, while others wouldn't try anything other than their favorite compression cincher. Which option is best for you depends on your waist training goals and ultimately what feels best.

    Corset Basics

    Corsets are designed to provide the most dramatic waist-slimming effects. They are typically constructed with 25 columns of steel boning for the firmest hold. Most lace up the back so you can achieve that hourglass look by lacing and pulling to your desired tightness. Many corsets will take multiple inches off your waistline instantly while you wear it. With time and dedication, waist training with a corset can produce impressive results.

    Corsets can be uncomfortable after wearing for a few hours, although you may get used to the way they feel. They also don't always provide a seamless look under clothing, particularly where the laces are. If you're going for a smooth, invisible look under your clothes, a corset might not always be your best choice.

    The Nude Sand Underbust Corset is a classic corset design that works fabulously as a waist trainer.

    Cincher Basics

    Cinchers are like corsets in that they target and visibly shrink your abdomen while wearing them, but their construction is different. They may use a combination of spandex and/or latex with fewer steel columns of boning. Don't be fooled just because they don't have as many columns of steel boning; these modern materials provide ultimate compression and firm shaping and can instantly reduce your waistline by several inches.

    Another big difference between cinchers and corsets is that cinchers don't use lacing. While they will look smoother under clothing, they won't give the same precision fit that corsets do. However, you may find that they're more comfortable for extended use.

    The Cincher by Amia is everything you need in a cincher, with PowerLatex and Flexiboning technology for maximum shaping power.

    The Best of Both Worlds

    You don't have to choose either/or when it comes to corsets and cinchers. They're so versatile, you might just want to have both! For they days you want dramatic slimming or a vintage look, wear a corset – under or over your clothes. For long days at the office, wear your cincher. Or, if you want the effects of the corset and the smoothness of your cincher, wear a cincher over your corset! With two or more waist trainers in your wardrobe, the only thing you will lose is inches off of your waistline.

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  • How Long Until You See Waist Training Results?

    Real Waist Training Results

    Real Answers From Real Women

    So you've heard the news – the effects of waist training are inspiring women everywhere. Do you have your waist trainer yet? Are you anxious to know when you'll see the results?

    Waist training can help you drop inches from your waistline when combined with proper dieting and exercising, but it's not magic. It depends on various factors including how frequently you wear your trainer, how long you've been waist training, your lifestyle habits like diet and exercise, and your genetics. Of course, you'll enjoy instant slimming whenever you're wearing a waist-training garment, but you may need to be patient before you notice much difference when the trainer comes off.

    There's no average amount of time it takes to see the results you want, just like there's not average results to healthy eating and exercise. But like any regimen, the more you stick with it, the more likely you'll see what you want.

    If you need some inspiration, look no further than some of these reviews from real women just like you. They've tried some of the best waist training garments available and are thrilled with the results.

    Arlene T. on the Vedette Candice Double Layer Waist Cincher with Zipper:

    "Ordered the Vedette Candice Double Layer Waist Cincher with Zipper 940—loved it. Perfect for my healing post-partum bod. Started wearing it 3 weeks post-partum: it was super snug but definitely expedited the weight loss process. I've already ordered another!"

    Stephanie J. on the Cincher by Amia:

    "Love it! It fits amazing and works! You can wear it all day under your clothes and it's not noticeable. After weeks of wearing it my waist has gotten much smaller, helps your curves stand out. At first I bought a Small and after two months purchased an XS. Love it, and would recommend to others."

    Cindy G. on the Corselette by Amia:

    "Love it!!! Was a little skeptical about actually looking thinner....BUT was I wrong. It actually does give you an hourglass figure. It doesn't show under your clothes and wasn't as uncomfortable as I thought it might be. Can't wait to order more!

    Jamila E. on the Workout Band by Ann Chery:

    "Perfect, Perfect, Perfect. I couldn't be more pleased with this item. I received it quickly and couldn't wait to put it on. I am 5'3 with not the longest torso. It fit perfectly. I wear it daily while working (under my clothes) and find it to be very comfortable, yet very very firm. The compression keeps things where they need to be. I have noticed it is becoming easier and easier to get this tight thing on. I have another row of hooks that will be the final phase of contouring my waistline. I can't wait. I love the results. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to minimize their waist. Not to mention the posture that you get when using a corset is priceless. I would order it again and again. Thanks Hourglass Angel."

    Sheena L. on the SlimVest:

    "Great Motivator! I have been wearing the SlimVest for 3 weeks now, and it's time to order the next size down. Can you say AMAZING!!! This is also without any change to my diet or exercise routine. Well to be quite honest, I've slacked a lot as it pertains to exercise, which is all the more reason to believe that it's because of the SlimVest that I've slimmed down. Not to mention I've gotten affirmation from others that I've slimmed down and are now wanting to make a purchase for themselves. It is an investment piece, but one that's well worth it. I highly recommend the SlimVest."

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  • Love Your Derriere

    4 Ways to Flatter Your Bottom with Butt-Lifting Jeans

    Ever wonder why jeans are so difficult to shop for? It's because everyone's booty comes in a different shape and size! If you don't know what you're looking for in a pair of jeans that flatters your natural shape, you'll spend a lot of hours in shopping frustration. Or worse, you'll just give up and buy a pair of jeans that doesn't look good on you!

    It doesn't have to be that hard. By knowing what type of jeans flatter your butt shape, you can cut down on your shopping time and frustration. Follow these basic tips and you'll always have a pair of jeans that your derriere will love.

     Butt-lifting jeans for any body type

    1. Jeans for a Flat Butt

    Does your butt have a sheer drop-off? To look fabulous instead of flat, choose jeans that are designed to shape and lift. Wide-set pockets with eye-catching stitching and embellishments will help break up the flat appearance.

    The Skinny Lift Butt Lift Pants by Verox are jeans that will transform a flat butt into one that helps you feel curvy and confident.

    2. Jeans for a Bubble Butt

    You might have enviable shape to your butt, but that doesn't make your selection of great jeans any easier! You probably run into the problem of covering your backside properly without having a gaping waistline. They solution to your problem is higher seams so that your booty has some extra room. You'll also benefit from a stretchy fit to avoid bagginess and sagging.

    The Firm Up Butt Lift Jeans by Verox will highlight and lift your naturally round figure with a stretchy and comfortable fit, while the high seams will provide the coverage you need.

    3. Jeans for a Wide Butt

    To manage that extra width, it's important to know what to avoid: wide leg pants, which will make your whole lower body look wide instead of long. Your best bet for jeans are straight leg or boot cut with closely set pockets that draw the eyes to the center. The less fabric the better – you'll want to highlight your curves.

    The AM to PM Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox have a straight leg, with pockets and seams that draw attention inward, giving your butt a firmer, narrower look.

    4. Jeans for a Triangle Butt

    If your butt is widest where you hips meet your thighs, you'll want a pair of jeans that helps create balance. Heavyweight denim with minimal stretch is the best type of fabric. Choose pockets that are diagonal or set high toward the waist, focusing attention on the center and not the outside.

    The Sexy Nightingale Butt Enhancing Jeans by Verox are the solution to the triangle butt by giving providing balance with strategic seaming and high-set diagonal pockets.

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  • Discover Your Second Skin

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette

    Are you looking for a way to transform the shape of the silhouette you see in the mirror? There's no need to be frustrated when that dress just doesn't look right or those sexy pants create an unflattering muffin top. If you need a transformation, look no further than these 5 revolutionary body-shaping solutions.

    If you're hesitant about relying on an undergarment to look great, there's nothing to be ashamed of. Most women still have some annoying trouble spots on their figures no matter how much they exercise or watch what they eat. Even the most beautiful celebrities need a little help from shapers!

    All of these shapers are designed to be seamless, so you'll never have to worry about revealing your little secret.

    5 Shapers That Will Transform Your Silhouette

    1. Panty Shaper by Amia

    Watch as up to three inches melt away from your waistline immediately in this customer-favorite shaper. It provides firm shaping and coverage for the entire torso under the bustline, so you'll never worry about love handles or muffin top again. All that shows under your clothes is slim and smooth curves.

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    2. Vedette Harriet Open Bust Front Closure Shaper in Thong

    Say goodbye to inches on your waistline as well as visible panty lines. In this supremely effective midsection sculpting shaper, you'll never look or feel sexier. It works with any bra, so you can use it with a variety of styles, whether you're dressing up for a night out or you want to look professional and sharp.

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    3. Ann Chery Geraldine Bodysuit

    It is possible to enhance every inch of your figure with a superior bodysuit, and this garment from Ann Chery doesn't disappoint. Zip yourself into this one-piece garment and watch as your midsection, and hips slim down while your butt shapes up. Ladies absolutely love how just one shaper does so much.

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    4. Sophie Braless Long Leg Bodysuit by Vedette

    In those clinging skirts and dresses as well as tight pants, you want your legs to look long and sexy. This long leg bodysuit is the solution that adds length to your whole figure with a slimming effect from under the bust to your calves. It's lightweight too, so you won't break a sweat about your sexy little secret.

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    5. Smooth Silhouette Shaping Slip by Yummie by Heather Thomson

    For many special occasions requiring cocktail dresses and other formalwear, nothing beats a classy slip. This shaping slip does the job, slimming and smoothing down your midsection, butt and thighs, while lifting your bust. And it won't slip or ride out of place. It helps your loveliest dresses fall perfectly into place for your most flattering looks.

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  • Comfy Compression for Beautiful Curves Every Day

    How To Look Smooth and Shapely with All-Day Comfort

    Modern beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Shapewear is all about taking what gorgeous shape you already have and making it flawlessly smooth and sculpted. While certain occasions call for maximum waist-shrinking compression, many days you may want more relaxed shaping. With a variety of casual, low-compression shapers, you can have a fabulous silhouette and feel wonderfully confortable all day.

    Have you ever tried casual shapers that are both sexy and comfy? Here are just a few of the most comfortable shapewear items you'll ever own!

    Casual, low-compression shapewear

    Shaping Camis

    Having several pairs of great camis is essential to building your wardrobe. They're wonderful on their own for casual wear in warm temperatures, and they also build a great foundation for layering. A shaping cami is a no-brainer because you'll probably be wearing a cami anyway!

    Try the Simply Strappy Nylon Tank by Yummie by Heather Thomson, which will shape and smooth your midsection without riding up.

    Shaping Leggings

    Leggings continue to be a hot fashion item this season. Women everywhere are in love with this comfortable trend. Why not make the most of your leggings; use them to lift your butt, shrink your thighs and flatten your tummy?

    The Lean Mean Legging by Hold Your Haunches will help your legs look long and lean, comfortably keeping your curves in place all day.

    If you need more tummy control, try the High Waisted Legging by Lyssé, which will never roll down or cause an unsightly muffin top.

    And for a cropped look that shows off your calves, there's the Slim Style Denim Knit Capri by Lysse.

    Shaping Denim

    If you have an active lifestyle, sometimes you just need to simplify. Add a pair of butt-lifting jeans to your wardrobe and you won’t have to worry about how your rear end is holding up. They instantly shape and lift your butt so it will always be round, firm and smooth from every angle.

    Find a style that works for you.

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  • 6 Must-Have Shapers for Your Wardrobe

    Shaping Tricks To Reshape Your Whole Body

    Are you in on the shaping secret yet? Having the perfect shapers in your wardrobe is absolutely essential for modern fashion! Even the hottest celebrities openly confess that they couldn't look their best without taming and tucking their tummies, rears and thighs with quality shapewear.

    Shapers instantly transform the shape of your body so you can feel confident and sexy no matter what you're wearing. Do you have what you need in your closet to look your hottest in every type of outfit? Here are six types of shapers every woman should own to look fabulous whether going casual or dressed for a formal:

    High Waist Thong ShaperMust-have shapewear for women

    For every form-fitting look, you'll want powerful midsection slimming without revealing any panty lines. Slenderizing garments like are the ideal solution – no one will suspect your secret!

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    Butt-Defining Shaper
    Must-have shapewear for women

    For looks that emphasize your backside, a butt-lifting shaper can create a firm, round and smooth derriere in a snap. Perfect under tight skirts and pants.

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     Shaping SlipMust-have shapewear for women

    If you've ever wondered whether anyone wears slips anymore, the answer is yes! A pretty shaping slip will keep all of your curves exactly where they belong so that your dress or skirt falls elegantly over your entire figure. For extra sex appeal, try a printed or lacy slip.

    Shop: Shaping Slips

     

     Bodysuit with BraMust-have shapewear for women

    Sometimes you just need one piece that will do it all. A bodysuit with a bra in your size is the simplest way reshape your body in all the places you'd appreciate the most. You'll instantly enjoy a slender and smooth waist with a lifted bust and butt.

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    Thigh SlimmerMust-have shapewear for women

    Say hello to legs that are sexy and smooth that will help your whole figure look longer and leaner. Thigh slimmers can also double as waist shapers for an even more complete body makeover.

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    High Waist BriefMust-have shapewear for women

    You might never want to wear regular panties again once you discover how your midsection can look slender and firm every day! A high waist brief is a comfortable and effective solution to taming your tummy.

    Shop: High Waist Briefs

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  • Your Sweet and Sexy Date Night

    Fabulous Fashion Ideas for Sweetest Day

    Do you celebrate Sweetest Day? If you're not familiar with it, it's kind of like Valentine's Day in fall, with sweet treats strongly encouraged. What better way to express your love and affection than a sweet and sexy date?

    Whether you're planning a special date for Sweetest Day or for any special day, you'll want to look your best. Pair a sweet outfit with a sexy shaper and you've got a combo that will keep your date's undivided attention the whole evening.

    One of our favorite date night shapers is the Hi-Waist Firm Control Brief by Va Bien. You'll enjoy powerful shaping and control for your midsection and rear with a steamy lingerie look.

    Looking for some new ideas for how to dress up for your night out? Check out some of these trendy styles:

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    Polished separates: Pair your favorite striped tee with a blazer for a stylish yet carefree evening look. Push up your sleeves and half-tuck your shirt to look laid back.

    Leather: Try leather leggings or a pencil skirt with some strappy shoes and a sexy tank for a look that really turns heads.

    Concert casual: If you're planning on something low-key, you can't go wrong with your favorite skinny jeans and a vintage concert tee. Make your outfit sexier with your favorite pointy heels.

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    Little black dress: This classic never fails. For a sweet twist, wear colored heels.

    Bold print: If you like to have fun, show it off! A boldly patterned dress will make an attention-getting statement.

    Printed leggings: Make this girly look super sexy by pairing it with a sheer top and matching bra.

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    Crop top and high waist: You can really dress up a crop top with a high-waisted midi-or maxiskirt. Just show a little skin and leave the rest to the imagination.

    Sundress and jean jacket: A casual dress transforms into a great date night look with a cute jacket and booties.

    Colored denim: This is a great way to draw attention to your legs. Don't forget your heels!

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    V-neck jumpsuit: Did you know that your collarbone is extremely sexy? Wear a v-neck jumpsuit to draw more attention to your neckline, which will look even better with your cinched midsection.

    Bright-colored dress: If the date involves dancing, try a flashy color that compliments your skin tone.

    Jeans and a striped shirt: With an outfit that's fitted and comfortable, you can look perfectly casual and perfectly sexy.

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    Flirty floral top: Wear a tasteful lingerie-inspired top for some classy flirting.

    Strategic cutouts: For a riskier but gorgeous look, try a dress with sheer illusion panels or cutouts. 

    Miniskirt: Make your legs look long! Try pairing with a tank and a blazer, along with some tall booties to add to the length.

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    Matching separates: Visually tantalizing and powerfully magnetic. The latest trend to come is the game of matching separates. Try print or pattern corresponding top to bottom for a trendy look.

    Have fun, get a little flirty and enjoy your Sweetest Day!

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  • Must-Have Lingerie for Fall

    Sexy Styles, Perfect for Cooler Weather 

    No matter where you live, you're probably noticing by now that the air is a little crisper and everyone's pulling out the layers. Even though you're showing less skin, this is no time to go lax on your lingerie! On the contrary, there are some key pieces that every fashion-conscious woman needs in the fall to continue looking sexy and sharp. With the right undergarments you can pull off some stunning, form-fitting looks.

    1. Black Tights

    It's the season for dark, black and gray skirts, trouser pants and dresses. Black tights are simply something you can't do without. For a smooth dark look, from your midsection to your calves, try the Smooth Couture High Waist Tights by Va Bien.

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    2. Thigh Highs

     

    Not every outfit needs tights up to your midsection, and thigh highs are a fabulous way to provide some sexy coverage for your legs. While you're at it, why not have a little fun with a garter? The Stocking with Lace Garter by Calvin Klein is an elegant choice.

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    3. Lacy Bodysuit

     

    Whether you're sporting a fitted suit or a gorgeous fall gown, a bodysuit is an important piece in making your silhouette flawless so those outfits will look their best. Forget about your grandmother's girdle; try a lacy garment like the Stephanie Firm Control Convertible Bodysuit by DuMi. You'll look phenomenally sexy from the inside out.

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    4. Colorful Undergarments

     

    Are you in a lingerie rut with everything black and nude-colored? Fall is the perfect time to try some lovely alternatives, like navy blue and gray. Try The Bodysuit by Scandale in navy blue or Le Belle Bodysuit Shapewear by Scandale in silver gray.

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    5. Silk Chemise

     

    As the weather cools, you'll have some evenings where nothing sounds better than cozying up with your sweetheart. A black chemise is simply a must for those chilly nights curled up near the fireplace. Silk is especially luxurious because it helps regulate your body temperature. The Silk Satin Chemise by Mary Green is the perfect piece for a sexy night in.

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  • How to Wear Leggings in Your Fall Wardrobe

    Hot Leggings Styles for Cooler Weather Fall means cooler weather, beautiful colors, some sweet and spicy flavors, and of course a shift in fashion from sundresses and shorts to cozier styles. This season, leggings continue to be a fashion favorite, whether you're dressing to impress out on the town or just kicking back with a warm drink in a coffee shop. What's not to love about leggings? They're comfortable, warm, stylish, easy to wear and can complement a number of body types if you wear them tastefully. With a variety of tops and accessories, your options for leggings in a fall wardrobe are almost endless. If you haven't explored all the ways you can show off this style, consider some new twists on this classy look. How to wear leggings in your fall wardrobe Basic Black Leggings If you're not used to wearing leggings, black is the place to start. There are numerous ways to wear them, from workout outfits to dressy ensembles. Some attractive ways to pair leggings include:

    • With an oversized top: a big top will create balance in your silhouette. It will also cover your hips and butt so you don't have to worry about drawing too much attention there. Who says women with curvier figures can't wear leggings? Try a white, gray or black top and then accessorize with a bright purse or scarf.
    • With a short dress: if you love dresses, leggings are your best friends in the colder weather. This is a great way to wear a skater dress. Like the oversized top, a dress will help your figure balance and will cover your hips. One trend is to wear a black dress over black leggings and then a muted color like powder pink and gray for your shoes, scarf or purse.
    • Sporty: there's a whole range of sporty looks you can go for, so don't be afraid to be bold! Try a sporty cotton dress with a quilted jacket and wedge sneakers for a look that combines the athlete and the fashionista.
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    The Ponte Seam Tummy Control Leggings by Lysse are a great way to start building your wardrobe with black leggings at the foundation. Leather Leggings To step up your fashion a bit, try leather leggings and add a sexy statement to your style. You can use them as party of a flashy outfit in a couple of ways:

    • For partying: this is the most obvious use. Leather pants is the perfect compliment to a lot of dressy tops.
    • With a colorful sweater and jacket: this look is ideal for a day out on the town. Use a trendy color sweater and a statement coat. You'll add a pop of color and balance to your whole look. And while you're at it, experiment with your favorite accessories: perhaps a beanie, your most elegant black purse and some oxfords.

    Try Metallic Stretch Leggings by Espiral to achieve some of these flashier looks. How to wear leggings in your fall wardrobe Muted Color Leggings If you're ready to move beyond your basic black, branch out and use some muted colors like beige or gray. These colors can give a whole new life to your wardrobe.

    • As with black leggings, pair with longer tops like sweaters and dresses.
    • Try pairing with the same color top for a chic and stylish look. You can add some pop with your shoes or a beanie.

    The iPant Capri Leggings by Wacoal in nude can work in a number of your neutral outfits.  How to wear leggings in your fall wardrobe Printed Leggings Why should your tops have all the fun? Be bold and step out with some daring prints!

    • Printed leggings are automatically going to be the main accent of any outfit. Pair with a basic top like a long straight sweatshirt that covers up to your mid-thigh. Choose accessories that are plain with matching colors.

    The Ikat Print Fashion Leggings by Lysse are a fun way to add some flair to your outfits.

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  • 5 Ways to Wear a Corset for Halloween

    Sexy Corset Halloween Costumes

    Your Guide for Spookily Sexy Costumes

    Halloween is around the corner, and if you've got any big party plans, you'll want to look hot! It's that special time of year when you can go all-out with your party attire, get a little flirty and show off your figure.

    Skip the poor-fitting attire from the costume shop and build a fabulously sexy costume using a corset!

    Here are five ways you can use corsets to put together endless costume ideas:

    1. Corset Over a Blouse

    Find a soft, pretty blouse and put a lacy corset over the top. You'll look like a saloon girl in a snap. To look like an authentic lady of the Old West, wear a flowing or lacy skirt. For a more modern sexy cowgirl look, wear with skinny jeans and cowboy boots. Be sure that the corset is long enough to cover the top of your pants or skirt.

    The Red Leather Lover Corset Set by Hourglass Angel is a great option for this costume style.

    2. Vintage Styles

    You can wear any vintage style like Marilyn Monroe or 1960s Mad Men-inspired housewife and have the perfect hourglass shape to pull it off. A lot of older styles were designed to be worn with girdles and corsets. Have no fear of the fitted bodice when you've got a corset underneath!

    Many corsets will get the job done beautifully, like the Nude Sand Underbust Corset.

    3. Formal and Bridal Style

    There are a lot of ways you can go formal on Halloween, like zombie bride or killer prom queen. A corset will perfect your shape. Use one underneath a number of formal dress styles, or as the bodice itself paired with a flowing skirt.

    You can't go wrong with a bridal piece like the Graceful Bride Longline Convertible Bustier by Va Bien.

    4. Goth Style Corsets

    This is the perfect time to go Goth. Be a sexy vampire, witch or any other dark lady. A black or dark-colored corset works best, over a long, slinky skirt -- at least knees length, but with slits if desired. Great accessories include heels and thigh-highs with garter belts.

    For Goth, choose a black corset like the Classic Sweetheart Shape Corset by Bonitaz.

    5. Burlesque Corsets

    If you've ever been too timid to try burlesque style, why not give it a try on Halloween? A corset is the foundation of any burlesque girl's outfit. To be truly burlesque all you'll need is a skimpy bottom underneath, but you can use more clothing if desired, like a lacy skirt.

    For burlesque you'll need a flashy corset like the Sparkling Silhouette Overbust Corset by Eurotique.

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