How To Dress Burlesque
Wanna know how to dress burlesque? It's not that difficult to do and you don't have to buy a whole new wardrobe to pull this classic style off. First you have to know a little bit about burlesque history and the style, and then we'll share a few tips and tricks with you that will have you looking like a sassy burlesque dancer in no time.
Burlesque was a very popular artform and entertainment of the middle and late 19th century. It started in Europe, in cities such as Paris and in venues such as the Moulin Rouge where gentlemen could go to escape regular polite society and see over-the-top, exaggerated performances of all kinds, often pushing the boundaries of public sexual behavior and norms. There were all sorts of burlesque acts, but ones we're most interested in here were the female performers and the sexy, costumes and dress they wore.
To learn how to dress burlesque, the one thing to keep in mind is that there isn't ONE distinct burlesque way to dress. It is more of an overall style. The performers of the day wore layers of petticoats, skirts and corsets with a myriad assortment of lace trim. Contemporary burlesque dancers typically wear a simpler but still sexy and ornate outfit, combined with fabulous accessories
and plenty of attitude. The focus of burlesque dress is to accentuate your curvy self and show off your assets!
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A great look for you to try is something like this. This corset has plenty of visual appeal with its busy, contrasting fabrics and trims. The look is instant burlesque and the light boning will help you show off your waist and create fabulous curves. You can dress it up with a little thigh high hosiery and opera length satin gloves. By combining the outfit with a few accessories like these, not only do you feature your curves, but interest is created at the top of the legs and around the shoulders. This is classic burlesque style.
Another great little item you might consider adding to your burlesque dress up is a bustle skirt like the one in the first picture. This is a nod to the Victorian era burlesque when layered skirts were part of the look. This one simply stays up on its own and can be paired with a corset or panty
. The intricate fabric is eye catching and will draw attention to your bottom.
And then for a much more modern version of burlesque dress, we have something like this. The outfit features bold designs with plenty of ruffles and bows. It is much more skimpy, but the style is classy and the accessories really complete the look.
We love burlesque from both the past and present. The look is all about a similar over the top style which draws attention and accentuates the female form. We're thrilled that you find this style so appealing too and we're here to help you make it work for you.