Burlesque has arguably re-entered the spotlight in recent years, and it's oftentimes discussed in conjunction with body positivity. So as the burlesque scene has been popularized once more, I thought it high time we channel our inner vixen babes in burlesque fashion inspired by the performance art. Whether for a costume party, a roaring '20s-themed event, or simply a day in the office, there's likely a way to incorporate the burlesque-inspired into your wardrobe.
Burlesque is an industry that is definitely evolving. Traditionally beautiful women with figures like Dita Von Teese's are no longer the sole poster girls of the dance. While stunning in their own right, the body positive burlesque industry has grown to encompass anyone who wishes to be a part of it. The face of modern burlesque is more difficult to pinpoint, but this doesn't mean the industry is any less iconic. It can even lead to contemplation about the lack of diversity in the beauty pageant and mainstream fashion and performance industries. Burlesque is a wild, riotous, ravishing party where everyone is invited.
So if you want to unleash your inner burlesque vixen in everyday life and showcase your individuality to the world, take a peek behind the curtain at these saucy style essentials.
Black Corset with Floral Strap, $25, Corset Story
Perfectly merge your style and burlesque style with a subtle corset top that can be paired with your favorite skirt and worn for a variety of occasions.
If you prefer to rock an edgier look, pair a gothic corset with a pair of skinny jeans and a biker jacket. This plus size style will work a treat.
2. Red Lipstick
Dita Von Teese Lipstick, $18, Mac Cosmetics
That perfect shade of red lipstick that walks the line between classic and sultry is hard to come by, so make the choice simple by picking a Dita Von Teese beauty collaboration lippy.
Hold-ups are basically the lazy girl version of stockings. Of course, stockings have a more vintage vibe, but if you're a busy bee who can't be bothered with the hassle of strapping yourself in and out of your suspenders, a pair of hold-ups might be the better choice for you.
Vintage Dot Stay-Up Thigh Highs, $21.95, Hips and Curves
For those wanting to flaunt a more traditionally feminine, retro style, just pick up a pair of plus size, polka dot, stay-up thigh-highs.
4. Opera Gloves
Secret Wishes Long Velvet Gloves, $11, Amazon
Keep it classic with a pair of velvet, opera-length gloves in black to add a touch of decadence to your ensemble.
If you're feeling more adventurous, opt for a dramatic pair of scarlet satin gloves to flaunt on a special occasion.
5. Feather Boa
Flirty Feathers Boa, $7.60, Claire's
Sashay around in a fun feather boa on your next night out.
Couture Lusty Lace Pasties, $30, Goth Fox
Surprise your S.O. or date in the boudoir with a pair of pretty nipple pasties. Or wear them around the house for your own pleasure.
7. Winged Eyeliner & False Eyelashes
Magic Ink Jet-Black Liquid Eyeliner, $20, Benefit Cosmetics
Transform into a burlesque bombshell with a chic cat eye.
Flutter your way through life in a pair of vintage-inspired falsies that will add a certain va-va-voom to your beauty look.
8. Showgirl Headdress
Make the everyday fabulous with a flapper-inspired, feather headpiece.
9. Embellished Bra
Follow this simple craft tutorial to decorate your favorite bra and turn it into a sparkling work of art. Wear it under your normal clothes when you feel you need cheering up (maybe on a Monday morning) or wear as outerwear to a fancy dress party.
10. Feather Fan
Pack a feather fan in your purse the next time you attend a sophisticated soirée, so you can keep cool while looking elegant. This style is available in a range of colors so you can match it to your outfit.
11. Sparkly Shoes
Opus Glitter in 'Silver' by Penny Loves Kenny, $74.99, Heels
Glitter is a girl's best friend and these sparkling shoes will ensure you take center stage.
Glitter Bow Pumps, $54.50, Torrid
For folks searching for a more subtle style, a classic heel with a touch of sparkle will have you putting your best foot forward.
Showcase your own brand of body positivity in burlesque-inspired fashions to wear every day.
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