In 2020, “Bridgerton”-inspired corsets launched the regencycore trend that we’re still seeing circulate today. But recent celebrity looks have us pondering the evolution of the corset top, which, in 2023, feels a bit more va-va-voom. After the premiere of Netflix’s “Bridgerton,” wardrobed by costume designer Sophie Canale, Victorian-era details trickled down to the runway, from pouf-sleeves and opera-length gloves to springy pastels and florals. Shopping guides included the best corset tops, alongside ornate jewelry, pearls, satin and crystal-embellished shoes. But the regencycore trend felt dreamy and romantic – and the new version, which we’re dubbing the villain-era corset, is anything but.
The villian-era corset harkens back to styles from the 19th century, which boasted a straight or rigid neckline that seemed to lift and emphasize the bustline. Embodying a witchy tone, the corsets are structured and edgy, making them appropriate for fall and consistent with popular trends like the dark-academia aesthetic.
When Selena Gomez stepped out in Paris flaunting Marc Jacobs’s corset with structured boning and a low-cut neckline, her outfit added a villain-era vibe to quiet luxury. Similarly, Sydney Sweeney’s vintage Miu Miu corset minidress emitted tough sophistication and mystery. Sofía Vergara offered perhaps the most wearable take, showing off her signature sultry style in a corseted LBD.
Keep scrolling to see the most memorable iterations of the villian-era corset so far, as seen on your favorite celebrities. Then, get inspiration for unique ways to style your own corset top.