The History of the Corset and How It’s Trending Today

Corsets have been around since before the Middle Ages. At the beginning of its history, corsets were made of fabric, stiffened by glue, and supported by boning made of whalebone or metal. Women were secured into the corset either by lacing or hooking up the back of the corset or up the front of the corset, sometimes both. The purpose of corsets at the time was to narrow the waist and support the breasts. This created the much desired, even to this day, S-curve or hourglass figure that represents femininity.

PHOTO: Natalie Miller

However, these corsets caused a lot of health problems among women such as frequent fainting due to inability to breathe and displacement of organs as well as infertility as a result of the development of endometriosis.

It wasn’t until the 1920s that corsets began to loosen their form when straight silhouettes became more fashionable. No longer were corsets designed to create the tiniest waist possible. Instead, corsets were designed to flatten the curves on a woman’s chest and hips to create a more boy-like figure.

From there, traditional corsets appeared to slowly lose their following as Spandex shapewear grew in popularity with its promise to subtly mold the body without the discomfort and decreased mobility of previous styles. Corsets were no longer expected of women and began to only be a staple of runway shows and lingerie.

Until recently, only fashion icons such as Madonna and Kim Kardashian could be seen wearing a corset on the street, but with the new structure of corsets today, the trend is beginning to be seen more and more on everyday women.

PHOTO: Natalie Miller

These new corsets no longer attempt to mold women’s bodies into unnatural shapes. Instead, they aim to highlight parts of the body that women feel proud of. The new style prefers looser fits and flowing fabrics over constrictive boning and stiff textiles. The lacing is often seen around the waist of T-shirts and dresses, which can be easily styled with some modern accessories to keep from looking like a historical actor on your way to class. The corset trend has also been popular in the form of belts, which can be added over any basic top or dress to add a little detail and highlight the waist.

Whether this new corset trend will stick around for more than a season or fizzle out when the next trend comes around is hard to tell. Nonetheless, it is definitely a trend to play with as the old fashion staple joins the modern era.

How would you wear the modern corset trend? Let us know in the comments below or show us on social media. Don’t forget to tag @CFashionista!

All photos taken by Natalie Miller.

These Female Owned Businesses Make Supporting Your Girl Gang a Fashionable Statement

The political turmoil going on all across the country has become especially apparent over the last couple of weeks. It seems that a new piece of upsetting news is released every day like clockwork. It’s easy to feel like we have no power in the overall scheme of things, but just as generations before us have proven, the best way to impact change is supporting positivity and one another.

Amidst all the madness, there has been a beacon of beauty in the form of major girl power. Women supporting women in every sense of the word is pretty magical. Maybe flying to New York or LA for the Women’s March wasn’t an option for you, or getting involved in local political groups isn’t exactly your thing. That’s fine. There are plenty of other ways for you to make a difference—even if it’s done on a smaller scale. You don’t have to have the same voice as those around you, you just have to have one.

One of my favorite ways to make a difference, even if it’s a slight one, is to support small, female-owned businesses. That could mean picking up your morning coffee at the local female-owned bakery instead of your usual trip to Starbucks or purchasing your textbooks used from the old female-owned bookstore in town instead of getting them directly from the publisher. While these swaps may seem small and inconsequential, if enough people partake in them, their impact can eventually put a dent in the establishment.

To make this transition a wee-bit simpler for all of you, I’ve rounded up a list of seven of my favorite female-owned online and brick and mortar businesses for you to spend your hard-earned money at. After all, us girls have to stick together.

Lisa Says Gah – This online shop based in San Francisco was created by Lisa Bühler in order to create a fashion community for like-minded and dedicated women. A majority of the labels sold on the site were created by females and made with sustainability in mind. Not only does the site provide a place to support smart and inspiring women, it also shares their stories. Check out their interview page here to read up on the career paths of different successful women in fashion. (Photo via @lisabuhler).

Pansy – This organic, sturdy collection of underwear was designed by Laura Schoorl and Rachel Corry in an effort to make undergarments made for women by women. Every piece is sewn and dyed in a local factory in California and made with an ethical viewpoint in mind. (Photo via

Ventrone Chronicles – Two sisters, Daniella and Sofia, with eyes for visual design, started Ventrone Chronicles off with detail-oriented accessories. Born in 2014, accessories are only the first phase in the design cycle for this female-owned company. Clothing is next. (Photo via @ventronechronicles).

LOQ – This collection of modern footwear was created by co-founders, Keren Longkumer and Valerie Quant in 2015. The duo met while studying design in Los Angeles and quickly discovered their similar design styles. While a pair of LOQ shoes may set you back a bit, the unique styles and thoughtful details are well worth the splurge. (Photo via @loq).

DUO NYC – This little piece of vintage heaven is settled right in the heart of the East Village. The shop was created by yet-another sister duo, Wendy and LaRae Kangas, and features hand-picked vintage items including piles of vintage Levis, an endless array of linen tops and pants, and a quaint selection of Ferragamos. Hint: head to the sale section in back. (Photo via @duonyc).

Glossier – Social media genius, Emily Weiss, started her blog, Into the Gloss, in 2010. Her success lead to the evolution of Glossier, a millennial-focused beauty and makeup brand that offers high quality and natural products for women at an affordable price. It’s all about real products for real women. Check out their showroom next time you’re in NYC or order online. (Photo via @glossier).

Reformation – Eco-friendly Reformation was created by Yael Alfalfo in 2009 and has since built the label into an Instagram cult favorite amongst millennials. With a mission like “we make killer clothes that don’t kill the environment,” it’s nearly impossible not to jump on board the Reformation bandwagon. (Photo via @reformation).

We’re always looking for other ways to support the global girl gang! Let us know some of your favorite female owned labels in the comments below and we’ll be sure to check them out!

ALL IN THE DETAILS: Negligee for the Day

With the passing of recent fashion weeks in Paris, Milan, and New York, the catwalks were full of lingerie-inspired pieces and slip dresses. These lingerie-inspired pieces have been spotted on streets everywhere this season. Silky slips, lace camisoles, and robes aren’t only being experimented with in the fashion world, but they are being worn as outerwear with a change of thought. The trick is to get the styling right with intentional purpose in what is being pursued. Pushing the boundaries of what we wear is what it is coming down to.

Coming out from behind shirts and tops, this Fashionista is wearing her lacy black and white negligee tucked into her jeans which is touching on the trend of wearing lingerie-inspired pieces as outerwear. Her strappy, pointed stilettos with distressed jeans put an edge to the outfit. To finish it off, her dusty pink duster adds to the French chicness of lingerie as the dernier cri.

The lacy detailing and distinct fabrics being used show this trend relate to the phrase “Your underwear is showing.” The most appropriate answer for that today would be “Thank you.” Again, styling something right with intentional purpose is what it comes down to. Visible ‘undergarments’ are now outerwear and lingerie-inspired dresses are all over the runway. It’s easier to master wearing these pieces as something else now thanks to Dior, Bouchra Jarrar for Lanvin, and Alexander Wang. Along with comfort, the elegance these pieces can show off is marvelous. Think of a silky blush robe over a sheer lace top with a black bra peeking through. When delving into this trend, explore the options and experiment with bits and pieces. If done with intention and confidence, it will feel like walking off the runway onto the streets with high fashion in mind and at hand.

Holy Hosiery! 6 Styles to Heighten Your Look

This year’s top hosiery trends are causing an adrenaline rush in fashion and igniting desires to try them over and over again.Think: What if hosiery was actually the focal point of your outfit rather than a complement? It’s time to give your classic opaque tights a break by adding a fun, fashion-forward twist to your go-to looks this winter.

From sultry thigh-highs to flashy fishnets, street style gurus have officially served legwear trends with potential to speak literal statements. With peek-a-boo mesh details, geometric cutouts, sparkles, and embellishments, each masterpiece drips distinctive confidence. And the fun doesn’t stop there; socks and heels have surprisingly developed normcore status this season. The once fashion faux-pas has been unanimously accepted by our favorite style influencers, and is totally having its moment right now.

The unthinkable has resurfaced, so drop the “I could never pull that off” verdict and take a leap. Here’s six daring trends to keep looking fresh.

1— Fishnet waistline: This accessory is no longer part of your last minute Halloween costume, ladies.  (Photo via @kimberlyttruong)

2— Ankle socks and heels: Embracing this granny-chic look is not only on trend, but a great way maximize your wardrobe. (Photo via @samanthaneira)

3— Patterned pantyhose: Sneak some eye-pleasing dimension into your outfit. (Photo via @marilang_)

4— Geometric net socks: Who needs warm feet anyway?  (Photo via @gabscherer)

5— Sparkly stockings: Don’t act like Kylie Jenner’s bedazzled fishnets didn’t inspire you. (Photo via @marybordelon)

6— Intricate lace tights and destroyed denim: Your favorite jeans are now winter-esque.  (Photo via @madisonbrunner)

You Can Wake Up Like This And Go With No Effort Necessary

Over the years, the fashion industry has tried and tried again to kickstart the straight-out-of-bed trend but have always gotten distracted by crazes like Juicy Couture tracksuits and athleisure. At this point, these trends have had their days in the spotlight and it’s time for us to get serious about making it possible to wake up and go with only a few tweaks here and there. The tools are right at our disposal; the only difficult part is getting this trend started. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s not as hard as it may seem and once you’ve got it down, you’ll never go back to spending hours every morning looking for something to wear.

The best part about this up-and-coming trend is that it can go so many different ways depending on your sleep style (and yes this is a thing). To get you started on determining your unique method to tackling the straight-out-of-bed look, check out the ways these Fashionistas made this trend their own.

For the “I stole this from my boyfriend” sleeper, all you’ve got to add is a great pair of shoes that mix comfort and style and a couple accessories to dress it up. (Photo via @katilyn_sperry).


For the perfectly-worn in vintage T-shirt sleeper, tie it up and throw on your favorite – and of course, most comfortable—pair of denim. Finish it off with some sneakers and you’re on your way. (Photo via @elementsofchic).


For the so-oversized-it’s-basically-a-dress T-shirt sleeper, tie a jacket around your wait to give yourself a little shape and throw on your Stans. You’ve officially mastered the “I woke up like this” look in a matter of minutes. (Photo via @jaamierose).


For the girl who sleeps in style, add a plain white tee under that silky slip and a light jacket to create the perfect rendition of ’90s style. (Photo via @sarahalmazan)


For the “I sleep in pants girl” who I personally will never understand, throw your hair up, pull on a graphic tee and some simple black boots. Nobody will ever know how easily you pulled this look off. (Photo via @taylorknoxx)


And for the ultimate comfort sleeper, keep doing what you’re doing. Toss on a cute hat to cover up any bedhead and some sleek shades and you’re ready to take on your day (Photo via @kamilleaustria).


But always remember, some days aren’t made for leaving the house or getting out of bed at all for that matter. Sleep in, you deserve it. (Photo via @chastity_diane)


STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Transitional Season Style

Alright, so don’t get me wrong—I’m as just as excited for sweater weather as the next girl but I’m not quite ready to move on completely. (At least not yet!) That’s why I’m super excited about this transitional style trend. I get to combine my summer favorites in a new, updated and more weather appropriate way!

Here in Montana we are starting to really feel the crispness in the air and have actually already had a couple of freezing days. Yet, that sun never fails to come back out and burn us up when we least expect it. Still holding onto that last little bit of summer. That’s why transitional style is so important. It allows us the option to be comfortable AND stylish no matter what the weather throws at us.

An elegant jumpsuit was quickly added to my wardrobe after seeing this effortless transitional season outfit on this Fashionista. Normally I stick to basic black pants and a gorgeous top or a button-up skirt and blouse for this time of year but that gets boring quickly. So, you can imagine my immediate fascination with something different. It also reminded me just how cool keeping it simple can be.

Fall style is all about basics so the key here is to keep it simple. Even so, don’t overlook the little details—that’s where some of the summer aspects come in. A simple lace bralette and layered jewelry are super easy ways to achieve this. Both add a little class but also some interest to any look. And although not pictured, leather jackets are another PERFECT transitional piece and look good over just about everything.

The Unexpected Textures Of The Season You Have To Try

It happened like this: for years I associated frivolous silks and satin-y dresses with my grandma’s closet, no doubt the remnants of a 1950s heyday. Lace was reserved for dressing up for church on Sunday. I even remember a pink ribbon my mother tied in my hair for a 5th grade picture day—to my horror that photo was eternalized in a lacquered frame for years to come. And then, just as the pajama shirt trend emerged on the fashion sphere, soon to follow suit were silk slip dresses and camisoles. You know the kind—you cannot scroll throw your Instagram feed lately without seeing these effeminate textures in #OOTDs everywhere.

Feminine, ladylike and elegant, materials like satin, silk and lace no longer connote a “matronly” wardrobe. In fact, these pieces in shades of cream, blush and pastel feel just as vintage as they do on-trend and current. I’ll even bet that you already have a few pieces like these in your closet. And if not, not to worry, Fashionista’s! Raid your local vintage store (or even your grandma’s closet) and you’re sure to discover a hidden gem among racks of forgotten items.

Check out how these Style Gurus are rocking these textures in unexpected new ways!

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STYLE GURU STYLE: Satin Sensation

Satin has become my summertime obsession. With each trip I took to the thrift store this summer, I found myself coming home with multiple slip dresses and satin pajamas. Boudoir street style is currently trending and pieces that may have been reserved for lounging in the house are now being worn casually with jeans, leather jackets and sneakers. Satin can be worked into any wardrobe and be appropriately worn for any occasion with the correct styling.

Today I took my inspiration from Balenciaga’s spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection. Each season different designers manage to invent new looks and reinvent past styles. Femininity changes form on the runway from year to year, and Balenciaga managed to channel femininity into sporty, sophisticated and casual looks with only the color white and delicate fabrics. Satin, silk and lace floated down the runway. While the color and fabrics created a cohesive collection, the diverse silhouettes made for an inclusive collection from which everyone can draw inspiration.

All my summer spent thrift shopping did my closet some good. I found this lace ruffle blouse and these white satin pajama pants on one of my trips. The combination of details in the top are different than what I have seen before. When I saw these pants I knew they would be perfect for a boudoir street style look. Both the blouse and pants fit the theme of Balenciaga’s collection and are versatile on their own.

To personalize the look I kept my jewelry limited to rings but I wore plenty. And to liven up this monochrome, I borrowed some flowers from a nearby tree to add texture and detail. I love sticking flowers where they don’t necessarily belong.

Get My Look: 1. Lace blouse. 2. Satin pajama pants. 3. Nude slides.

ALL IN THE DETAILS: Slip Into Summer

It’s no secret that trying to dress fashionably for the summer can be difficult. As the temperatures get higher, the more your closet feels limited when trying to pick ensembles that won’t leave you drenched in sweat. This makes it so easy to fall accustom to the sea of T-shirts, denim shorts and sandals that most people sport this season. But this Fashionista has a solution for this problem—through the use of a slip! That’s right, slip dresses are not just for wearing in the boudoir anymore. These lightweight silky dresses are perfect for conquering the summer blaze.

We’ve seen this trend not only in the catwalk shows of Céline and Yves Saint Laurent, but also by celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez. Though it can be a little intimidating to bring an intended provocative piece out in public, nothing tones down the sexy level off an outfit like a graphic T-shirt! You can layer the T-shirt over or underneath the slip, making it totally acceptable to wear during the day. But there are many ways to style a slip dress. You could tie a shirt around your waist, pair it with minimalist accessories, or throw on an open cardigan or an oversized blazer.

This Fashionista chose some great accessories to pair with this classic outfit! The white old-fashioned shoes and pastel yellow backpack give a vintage feel whereas the punk choker, mirrored sunglasses and mesh-paneled socks add edge to the ensemble. This juxtaposition of styles makes this look super fresh.

How To: The trick on wearing this lingerie garment out in public is to layer it over a t-shirt you definitely already have in your closet! Grab a few accessories—such as a vintage backpack or a heart choker—and you’re set in this sexy ‘90s look that will keep you cool, calm, and collected this summer.

ALL IN THE DETAILS: Lette Me See That Bra

If you know me, bralettes are pretty much all I wear anymore. Not only are they half the price of a normal bra, but they’re 100 percent comfier, 100 percent more playful and, overall, one of the best purchases you’ll make. They come in a variety of styles, allowing you to achieve a soft look, an edgy look or a fabulously sexy look.

The saying “April showers brings May flowers,” is about the only thing getting me through this month. With all of this rain, it’s been hard to stay motivated, let alone look presentable and go to class. I don’t hate rain, it’s just that I only like it when I’m sleeping (and only when I’m sleeping). As we sit here mid-April, beginning to notice sprouting flowers and a little bit more sunshine, it’s easy to daydream about everything sleeveless and open-toed. Although dreary weather like this makes you crave all-day movie marathons and soft blankets, we Fashionistas/os have to make the most of our days. Honestly, wearing a cute outfit not only makes you look put together, but makes you feel it, as well.

No worries, putting together a cute ensemble doesn’t always require a lot of effort.  Sometimes, it’s the little details that really make you stand out. Bralettes may be small, but offer the perfect charm to any outfit, casual or not. This Fashionista kept it casual with her sandals, black jeans, knotted tank top and jean jacket. The strappy lace bralette peeking out of the top of her simple tank top is my favorite aspect of her look. Lace-up sandals paired with this style bralette are always a power couple and easily accent one another.

I personally find myself pulling out this lace accessory anytime I want to wear something backless or with a plunging neckline, but don’t want to go braless. Plus, they give you an excuse to show off your darling straps. What if it’s a breezy day out and you aren’t wearing a bra? Yes, sticky bras are a blessing, but what happens when it’s 90 degrees outside and they’re sliding right off? Bralettes offer the perfect solution to all of these problems. The one thing to remember is that you want the bra to add something to your outfit, not take away from it. Visible intimates were not always socially acceptable, but now that they’re everywhere, it’s important that you know how to flaunt them.

How To: First, distinguish the bralette style or styles you prefer. Bralettes look great underneath loose tank tops, T-shirts and dresses. They can also be worn underneath sheer shirts to show off some skin without revealing too much. If you’re feeling bold, you can couple a bralette with a flowy maxi skirt and a leather jacket. Urban Outfitters, NASTY GAL, Free People and Forever 21 have plenty of options to choose from. If you want to achieve the look above, all you need are dark wash jeans, gladiator sandals, a simple tank top, a jean jacket and a lace bralette.