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"Silk does for the body what diamonds do for the hand." - Oscar De La Renta

White shirt Wednesday: corset queen

sexy update to classic workwear

Looking to the past to inspire the future, fashions proverbial looking glass has met a surprising new style accoutrement that has got the European style set frantically exploring the recesses of their dressing up box.

The hit hero item in question– the corset.

Giving everyday essentials a medieval-meets-modern style bent, the antiqued item was first debuted in Milan, with the likes of Prada and Valentino adding to the inside out lingerie trend that has taken the streets by storm this year. The new home of good taste gone bad, it seems like editor at large, Anna Dello Russo’s sartorial swagger has got in the drinking water - as once fashion wallflowers stepped out in style in some of the most invigorating outfits inspired by the queen of weird and wonderful herself.

Ranging from bizarre to downright bonkers, the corset has become the new fashion oddity to covet. Dressed up or down, there is only one rule of engagement – wear it over not under your everyday garb. A waist-whittling look that has become a surprising weird to wardrobe favourite for the fashion elite and everyday dresser alike, with everyone to Gigi to K.K. sucking in and lacing up for extra curve appeal this season.

Embracing the rogue edge of street style, the VAUGHAN girls are the latest suckers to secretly love this guilty pleasure micro-trend. The ideal fashion accoutrement to style with our endlessly versatile silk shirts, we’re loving the re-emergence of Madonna-esque bodice structured shirting. The perfect update for the style rich and cash poor – we’ll show you how to nail deconstructed femininity without looking like you got dragged backwards through the ladies lingerie department!

A statement piece with antique opulence, the waist-cinching half corset is the ideal introductory segue into this gutsy trend. Looking to the finest purveyors of intimate luxury, we went for a transparent lace fronted design from Folies By Renaud. A see-through style with removable stocking clasps, this form-fitting design is the ideal statement piece with a modern twist. Constructed with classic boning, wear it with an almost-invisible air of irreverence over our classic white silk Hepburn shirt - offering instant elegant overtones thanks to its ladylike proportions and simple front button closure.

Styled on a Brit-chic tip with English Dame country check trousers, this look is a trend-conscious power move for the discerning dresser looking to up her sartorial game. The ideal balance of bizarre and beguiling, these straight fit trousers are a mix n’ match favourite that blends preppy undertones with a strong fashion front page aesthetic. Styled up or down, we’ve chosen to pair this daring ensemble with a comfortable soft touch heel and drool-worthy emerald handbag for added modern mistress style notes.

Ideal for the guarded everyday dresser looking to expand her sphere of influence, this outfit epitomises the confused allure of this season’s biggest micro trends. Unleash your inner delightful dominatrix with this inside out trend – fit for the front row and whatever fashion capital you call home.

Pictured: VAUGHAN Hepburn shirt in Lion in Winter, Max Mara Pino trousers, Folies by Renaud corset, Gianvito Rossi leather boots, Marni shoulder bag


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