Photo "No Reflection" courtesy of Kat in a Hat Photography and Alexandria Web
The most common question asked here at Forever in Black is "How do I wear that?". We'd love to be able to help everyone who asked that question, so this page will be our style blog, featuring different ways to wear your corset.
Today we'll look at getting a saloon girl look. This can also double as a burlesque look. It is a way to be risque but without revealing too much flesh, if you're not comfortable doing so.
Alexandria wears a black pintucked camisole, long bloomers, a two part bustle, and a Memento Mori corset, all made by Forever in Black. The pintucked camisole is excellent under a corset, as despite having detailing on the front of the fabric, the inside is quite smooth. Look for tops which have small seams, or ideally flat-felled or french seams, so that there's no exposed edge against your skin. Soft, natural fabrics are best, like cotton or silk, to wick moisture away from the body. Finally, try to wear a thin top so as not to interfere with your corset if you tightlace. Here is a nice close-up of how that looks.
The 'Momento Mori' corset has the advantage of not having a busk to catch the buttons on the camisole, but it is a little trickier to put on than a corset with a busk. However, we spiral laced the corset, loosened the laces, and popped it on over Alexandria's head before tightening the laces, and it was fine. She can even manage it on her own.Image courtesy of Kat in a Hat Photography and Alexandia Web
Now that we have established what to wear on top, let's address what is worn below the waist. Alexandria wears a pair of long bloomers with this outfit, but you could easily wear short bloomers or even simply shorts. She also wears one of our two part bustles. These are a little tricky to put on, but the effect is, we think you'll agree, stunning.
So there we are, how to get a saloon girl look with just 4 garments.
To see more of Alexandria's work, visit her Model Mayhem account Alexandria WebTo see more of Kat in a Hat Photography's work, visit their Deviantart page at Kat in a Hat Photography
Next time, corsets and feathers!
Image courtesy of Rubber Alice and Spellbound Imagery
Feathers and Frou Frou
Sometimes, an ultra-glamorous look is the only thing that will cut it for you. An easy way to get a theatrical and over-the-top look is to add feathery accessories.
Corset, shrug, skirt and top model's own. Shoes by Hades Shoes. Photography by Fledermaus photography. Hat by Forever in Black
On a recent shoot, Zoe was wearing an outfit which consisted of a skirt, top, corset and shrug. We tried adding a matching half-sized top hat
This was a pretty effect, but we really wanted to give Zoe a theatrical, over the top look. So, we added the Rossetti collar and matching cuffs...
Photograph courtesy of Angy Ellis Photography Photography courtesy of Anth Short Photography
You don't of course, have to go quite that far. Simply adding a feathered collar or fascinator can lift your whole outfit
Photograph courtesy of Emily Cromarty Photography. Rebecca Cowell wears 'Absinthe' feathered collar and matching fascinator from Forever in Black
For example, Rebecca wears a feathered collar, which would spruce up a plain corset/ shrug quite nicely