Burlesque is a musical, theatrical and sometimes literary or humorous type of production, often put on by women, with a specific type of fashion and style that has lasted through many decades and eras, even centuries. Burlesque performers, particularly women, are of varying ages, sizes and body types, typically wearing specific types of outfits inspired by looks of modern and victorian corsetry, garters and suspenders, hosiery, pasties, and more. Burlesque in modern times has become more of a fashion statement, with many women coveting the sexy, timeless appeal that comes with a woman dressed in pin up, retro, vintage and burlesque-inspired corsetry.
Burlesque outfits can be worn for a variety of purposes, whether it’s to enhance a formal outfit, for a burlesque-themed costume, or for a sexy lingerie outfit to be worn in the bedroom. There are many fashion designers, stylists and boutiques that specialize in burlesque-themed looks, creating a variety of accessories that can be pieced together for the perfect burlesque outfit.
For a corset that perfectly hugs your curves and flaunts your body, check out designers such as Kaos Corsets, Redcat 7, The Pin Up Peep Shop, SugarKitty Corsets, Bibian Blue, Maya Hansen, Burleska, and Deadly Dames.
Corsetry isn’t the only attraction for burlesque outfits. Hosiery, garters, stockings and accessories are also important. Find everything you’ll need to complement your corset at boutiques such as Sweet Pin, Pandoras Choice, Freddies Of Pinewood, Outsiders.biz, Girdlebound, Feisty Cat, Feel Funky, and Emerald Angel.
Whether you love the look of classic, true-to-form burlesque, a little bit of pin up, a hint of retro or the sassy look of rockabilly edge, a sexy corset paired with frilly knickers, thigh-high stockings, a garter belt, suspenders and a pair of patent leather sky-high stilettos is the perfect way to feel absolutely sexy while resembling the look of a burlesque queen back in the day. Known for their sexuality and femininity, burlesque women never left without their confidence and ability to silence a room with their attitude.
If burlesque is something you’d like to try or a style you’d like to use to enhance your wardrobe, check out these shops for everything you need to have heads turning everywhere you go.
With both ready-made and custom items available, this shop features alternative brands like Glamour Bunny, Pin up Couture, Valkyrie and Velda Lauder plus off-the-rack lingerie and Nina Young’s own handmade brand Bite Me! Couture. Providing burlesque outfits at reasonable prices with a small but knowledgeable staff, they provide hassle-free, one-stopping shopping for all your glamour-puss needs.
Nina, who was originally an avid a member of the London gothic scene, began sewing her doll’s clothes from leftover fabric scraps at the age of eight. She continued to develop her skills and later successfully sold her own custom, handmade, original design bone-top and lace corsets to her high school chums for party money. After finishing her education, she spent time as a seamstress for Homberg’s Theatrical Costumiers in Leeds, England but was earning her bread and butter in IT. Fortunately, she was seduced by the burlesque world after watching a Miss Beeby performance in an Amsterdam supper club. Inspired, she returned to her beloved sewing machine, began designing her own burlesque costumes and set up the Love Burlesque boutique. An enterprising spirit, she now not only hand sews her Bite Me! Couture items, she also shares her skills with others, offering classes from her home base in the Netherlands on basic sewing, sewing from commercial patterns and on the art of creating original and custom patterns.
Love Burlesque’s online shop has a broad spectrum of handmade and specially selected items available: pasties, tassels, over-bust and under-bust corsets, waist-cinchers, frilly knickers, and bordello shoes plus dresses, skirts, tops, shrugs and jackets, fascinators, wigs and more. Very affordable, their most expensive custom items cap at £250, while ready-made products range from £20 to £60. Based in Worthing, UK and the Netherlands, Love Burlesque accepts only PayPal, delivers worldwide. They ship in-stock items within one day and custom items within 7 to 14 days; shipping costs vary with weight and delivery location. With a customer friendly money-back guarantee, un-worn items (excluding custom orders and undergarments) may be returned within seven days of receipt for full refund or exchange. Follow their newsletter, or Facebook-friend them for up-to-the-minute deals!
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