The Modern Corset Tops That Are Fun, Fashionable and Actually Wearable

Today's corsets are meant to be shown off.

The Modern Corset Tops That Are Fun, Fashionable and Actually Wearable
The modern corset is one of the biggest trends you’ll see this year. Annie Sheehan for Observer

If there’s one item of clothing that proves fashion is cyclical, it must be the corset, which dates all the way back to the Victorian era. The modern corset had a real moment in the skin-baring days of the ’90s and early aughts, and it’s returned to the mainstream over the past few years, in no small part due to the massive popularities of shows like Netflix’s Bridgerton, because #Regencycore style is a whole vibe.

While the original corsets were (quite literally) bone-crushing garments intended to create an otherwise impossible silhouette (and also often caused actual fainting due to their restrictive structure), today’s corsets celebrate the female form. Instead of a hidden undergarment, the modern corset is a statement piece that’s meant to be shown off, as a fun, fashionable and feminine top.

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Corset-inspired, bustier-esque tops are flattering and unapologetically sexy, and can be worn in so many different ways. While a classic boned bodice is always chic, there are also more subdued and subtle options, including long-sleeved sweater silhouettes, flirty floral lace-up tops and structured knit tanks, all in the corset and bustier-inspired vein. Below, see the best corset tops to shop now, to add a little Regency flair to your spring and summer ensembles.

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  • Who What Wear Collection.

    Who What Wear Collection Lara Corset Top

    For a soft, subtle and ultra-wearable take on the corset trend, try this cream-colored, cropped knit tank, which you can take from day to night in a second.

    $88, Shop Now
  • Dolce and Gabbana.

    Dolce & Gabanna Black Grosgrain-Trimmed Lace Bustier Top

    Few designers understand the art of the corset quite like Dolce & Gabbana. This sultry and chic black lace bustier top will ensure all eyes are on you, and we love that you can just as easily pair it with an oversized blazer and trousers as with a flared skirt or even jeans.

    $1,145, Shop Now
  • Reformation.

    Reformation Barrett Lace-Up Linen Top

    If you want a more subdued, softer take on the corset top, look no further than this romantic floral blouse, which has feminine lace-up detailing and reveals just a hint of skin.

    $148, Shop Now
  • Bevza.

    Bevza Market Bag Knitted Bodysuit

    A structured black bodysuit is so versatile.

    $237.50, Shop Now
  • Tiger Mist.

    Tiger Mist Geneva Corset Top

    This cropped navy corset features classic boning and a trendy square neckline.

    $45, Shop Now
  • Khaite.

    Khaite Maddy Ribbed-Knit Sweater

    Khaite’s long-sleeved ecru sweater corset is a demure take on the trend.

    $1,080, Shop Now
  • & Other Stories.

    & Other Stories Smocked Puff Sleeve Top

    Think pink in this puff-sleeved smocked blouse.

    $59, Shop Now
  • Miaou.

    Miaou Venus Corset

    Go all in on the corset look with this fully boned top, complete with lace-up detailing all the way up the back.

    $245, Shop Now
  • Burberry.

    Burberry Ribbed Silk-Blend Bustier Top

    Burberry (BURBY)’s black bustier top is simple and sophisticated.

    $1,250, Shop Now
  • Isabel Marant.

    Isabel Marant Delphine Camisole

    For a less constricting style, try this pale pink button-down top, with delicate spaghetti straps and romantic eyelet and lace accents.

    $635, Shop Now
  • Dion Lee.

    Dion Lee Crewneck Corset T-Shirt

    A classic white tee might not seem compatible with a corset, but check out Dion Lee’s chic crewneck for proof that the unexpected combination really does work.

    $500, Shop Now
  • Express.

    Express Floral Off The Shoulder Corset Peplum Top

    This floral off-the-shoulder silhouette is cottagecore at its finest.

    $64.80, Shop Now
  • Dolce & Gabbana.

    Dolce & Gabbana Lace-Up Bustier Top

    Make a statement in this luxurious satin front lace-up bustier.

    $1,175, Shop Now
  • Sea.

    Sea Vienne Strapless Bustier Top

    You can’t go wrong with this crisp white bustier top, which is an instant summer staple.

    $195, Shop Now
  • Missguided.

    Missguided White Floral Print Corset Top

    This structured, flowery corset is one of those tops that you can easily dress up or down.

    $26, Shop Now
  • Safiyaa.

    Safiyaa Amal Ribbed Cotton Bustier Top

    A ribbed knit bustier tank top is the perfect way to test out the trend, for those that aren’t quite sure about boning and laces.

    $515, Shop Now
  • Zara.

    Zara Gingham Corset Top

    This gingham cropped corset top has metal hook enclosures all down the front, for an alluring yet demure aesthetic.

    $35.90, Shop Now
  • Wayf.

    Wayf Gathered Bustier Top

    A long-sleeved, white ruched top is whimsical and wearable.

    $89, Shop Now
  • Fleur du Mal.

    Fleur du Mal Vegan Leather Bustier

    Embrace the vampy vibes in this vegan leather bustier, for an elevated dominatrix-esque take on the corset.

    $225, Shop Now
The Modern Corset Tops That Are Fun, Fashionable and Actually Wearable