One of the latest (and hottest) fashion trends among celebrities is something I like to call “corset fashion”. It is when a woman wears a top that more closely resembles lingerie than any actual shirt. Now, there are varying degrees of just how risqué and lingerie-like these tops are, but all corset tops offer the same perks (pun intended): tightness, sexiness, and the showing off of its owners finest assets.
Now that wearing underwear as outerwear is a thing people do on the reg, it is useful to know more about this scandalous fashion choice. Corset tops are most often made from satin, mesh, cotton, lace, leather, brocade, or a combination of these materials. The most common kinds of corsets that are worn as regular clothing are underbust corsets (longline, cincher, wide-strap, bodice, waspie, and waist-trainer), overbust corsets (cupped or lingerie), bustiers, flat-fronts, and sweetheart necklines. I’ll bet you never knew there was so much to learn about a piece of clothing that covers so very little!
But enough with the tutorial. Now comes the fun part. Following are 16 lovely ladies of Hollywood who love their corset tops. These cute celebs either sport this trend all the time, or were spotted the only time they ever did. But either way, we are glad they did! Read on to find out which of your favorite young and hot celebrities are part of the crowd that is not afraid to bare it all when it comes to their midriffs.
16. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
It is not shocking in the slightest that this Victoria’s Secret supermodel looks hot AF in a top resembling lingerie. After all, lingerie is what she sports on the runway. In 2016, the British actress and model attended the Nirav Modi jewelry boutique launch in London wearing a sheer black strapless corset and loose black parachute pants. She was also dripping in diamonds. The racy lace bustier had a zipper up the front, as well as lace detailing. Rosie showed it (and her smokin’ body) off during Fashion Week in London last year, and all eyes were on her. Not that she is shy or ever feels the need to cover up, but Rosie also had a black blazer off her shoulders, completing the ensemble. Like Kim K., Rosie is a frequent wearer of the corset top, whether modeling or in her everyday life.
15. Jenna Dewan-Tatum
Channing Tatum’s wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum always wows with her beauty, but her hotness is exceptional in this corset top that leaves little to the imagination. The ballerina-turned-actress shows off her great figure by wearing a black lace see-through corset with cross-straps over the bodice. It was actually the top part of a dress that she wore to the Hateful Eight premiere in Los Angeles in 2015. The gown was a sexy sheer lace Marchesa dress with a beaded lace corset top, and won Jenna the praise of fashion critics near and far. The dress boasted cut-out detail and a flowing pleated skirt. Channing, it was reported, could not keep his eyes off of his stunning wife that night, and it is easy to see why.
14. Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams stepped out in this natural-toned corset and pants set at the Sleeping Beauty premiere during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival in 2011. The toffee-colored corset was embroidered with sequins, and paired with waist-high silk trousers. Both articles of clothing were pieces from Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2011 RTW collection. Rachel looked beautiful of course, and the outfit showcased her amazing body. But while many people drooled over the Doctor Strange actress and her “pantsuit power”, some were not fans of the look. You can’t please everyone, as they say, but most agree that Rachel dazzled in Cannes, both in the above outfit and the array of others she wore whilst promoting her new film (at the time), Midnight in Paris in Cannes.
13. Kim Kardashian
Kim K. is one of Hollywood’s celebs who is frequently seen out and about wearing corsets as tops. The above photo is simply one example of the many. In fact, she wears them so often she even manages to make them look comfortable! Of course, at least regarding this particular corset top, there is probably not enough fabric to even feel it, anyway. Pairing the extremely risqué top with casual denim, here Kim is seen in September 2016 during a night out in Miami. Of course, the mom of two completed her ensemble with rattlesnake-print boots and black sunglasses. Kim says of corset fashion, “It’s just super cute and different and just easy and effortless… I’m just going to wear [this look] until I get tired of it.”
12. Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus is known for her crazy outfits, but when she stepped out in this midriff-baring Emilio Pucci dress, she wowed. The top part, a corset, was barely-there, but flaunted the singer and actress’ curves nicely. She wore this creation that has been called “drab”, to the premiere of The Hunger Games in 2012, in support of her boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, who starred in the film. Although I think we can all agree that Miley has had plenty of more scandalous and insane outfits than this (relatively) tame one, she was compared to Jennifer Lawrence all night. According to critics, JLaw wowed in a golden ball gown, while Miley did not wow, at all. I just so happen to be of the opinion that Miley looked great in the corset top and matching gypsy skirt.
11. Cara Delevingne
Known almost as much for her signature eyebrows as she is for her fashion modeling, Cara Delevingne earns her spot on this list for her black corset worn during the 2013 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York City. Although she looks like she is also wearing kitchen cleaning gloves which do distract from the sexiness of the outfit (unless you are a high fashion model too, and “get” fashion), still she smolders on the runway in the sparkly, sequined, see-through corset and skirt. She rocked the dramatic gothic glam outfit, which was paired with yellow strappy heels to compliment, I guess, the gloves. Cara disappointed fans of hers and of the annual fashion show’s in 2016 when she did not walk, even though she had done so since 2012 and had been invited to do so again.
10. Hayden Panettiere
Blonde bombshell Hayden Panettiere has worn corsets several times, both for photo shoots and in her real life. One of her more famous outfits featuring a corset was when she wore the white, bead-studded corset with matching white denim short shorts to film a scene for her hit show, Nashville, in which she plays country music sensation Juliette Barnes. Pictured above, Hayden rocked this navy blue, zip-up leather corset top for Nylon Magazine in 2013. She also wore corsets for a photoshoot for Dolce and Gabbana, Candie’s, Vanity Fair, and several other brands. Her body of womanly curves is perfect for a top like a corset, and she knows it and shows it.
Colombian singer Shakira wore this ruby red stunner to the 2014 ACM Awards in Las Vegas. The corset, which was actually the top portion of a dress, was part of the Kristian Aadnevik Fall 2014 collection. The dress was inspired by lingerie, obviously, and Shakira paired it with over-the-knee boots and nude fishnet tights. That night, she performed “Medicine” with Blake Shelton in a sizzling duet made even more hot by her slinky little red number. The two are co-stars on the singing competition show The Voice. But all eyes were on Shakira for the performance, because it was hard to look elsewhere when the fiery red strapless dress showed off so very much of a smoking hot Shakira.
8. Julianne Hough
Fans of Julianne Hough are used to seeing her in skimpy little outfits on the dance floor of Dancing With the Stars, so it is natural for us to see her in a corset top, as well. Above, Julianne is pictured at the 2015 Emmy Awards. She attended with her brother and fellow Dancing With the Stars alum, Derek Hough, and the two looked like Ken and Barbie on the red carpet together. The brother and sister dance duo wore coordinating black outfits, but it was Julianne who radiated in the see-through gown, the top part of which was a corset. She was cited by several sources for having one of the best looks of the night, and it is a typical look for her; Julianne has worn corsets several times before. For example, in Footloose!, for the 2010 AMA’s, for the 2012 Emmy Awards, while out walking her dog, and at the Los Angeles premiere of This Is It in 2009.
7. Kaley Cuoco
Everyone’s favorite Big Bang Theory gal, Kaley Cuoco, cleans up nicely in lingerie-inspired clothing. Her character Penny never wears anything of the sort on the show; after all, she is married to a nerd and works as a pharmaceutical sales rep. Except for the occasional romp in the sheets, Penny has no need to wear anything so sexy. But Kaley in real life is a different story. This photo was part of a yummy photo series done of the actress, and I must say, less really is more in these photos. She is stunning in a simple outfit made up of a tight, daringly low-cut corset one-piece that shows off all the right things, unbuttoned short shorts, and nothing else. Light makeup, hair down, a plain background- it really is a beautiful image of a beautiful actress.
6. Gemma Arterton
The star of the upcoming Saint Joan, Gemma Arterton flaunts her perfect hourglass figure in this stunning black corset and skirt. She wore it to the 2012 Paris launch party of Jean Paul Gaultier’s limited edition Diet Coke bottles entitled Night and Day. The French label was, naturally, the designer of her ensemble, as well. The former Bond girl matched the Diet Coke Night bottle, which featured a design of a corset over the body of the bottle. More recently, Gemma Arterton has been one busy lady, having appeared in several projects in 2016 (Their Finest, Orphan, The History of Love, The Girl With All the Gifts, 100 Streets, etc.), and even more in 2017, such as the television mini-series Watership Down and the film Vita and Virginia with Eva Green.
5. Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence has shown off what the good Lord gave her in about as many corsets as she has had hairstyles. That is to say, a lot. Here, JLaw is sporting the short, bleach blonde ‘do she had for her most recent film, Passengers. And she is wearing a top that looks like a bra with fabric beneath it. She was out in London in 2016 when the photos of her in this eye-popping number were taken. She was there for the premiere of X-Men: Apocalypse, in which she plays Raven/Mystique. Pairing the outfit with Jimmy Choo sandals, she was quite the looker in the sheer floral dress with the black bustier bodice that saw her cleavage barely contained. Her other super-famous corset look was in 2011 at the Royal Opera House in London for the British Academy Film Awards. Then, she wore a royal blue gown with a corset top that actually malfunctioned and JLaw’s nip slipped!
4. Amanda Seyfried
There is something about a lady in red… and Amanda Seyfried proves it in this Prabal Gurung number. In 2012, Amanda attended the 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala presented by the Los Angeles Times in this sensational red corset dress, which she paired with equally red lips, a Judith Leiber clutch, earrings from Dana Rebecca Designs, and Jimmy Choo shoes. It all worked together to create one red hot Amanda Seyfried, who looked even better because she was standing on a matching red carpet. She was ever-so-steamy with luscious, sideswept curls, and sultry eye makeup. Coming up in 2017, Amanda will be seen in several big movies, for example The Last Word, The Clapper, Twin Peaks, and Anon.
3. Jennifer Love Hewitt
Brunette beauty Jennifer Love Hewitt of I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Ghost Whisperer fame is no stranger to wearing corsets. There are literally soooo many photos of J. Love in various corsets for photo shoots, roles, and in her real life. It was hard to choose just one, but the above photo of the actress in a lovely green ensemble was taken at the 2011 premiere of Breaking Dawn Part 1, the third installment of the Twilight saga films. At the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, she turned heads in this emerald green, curve-enhancing corset dress. This came after some haters hated on her “fat” body, but J.Love proved them all wrong because she wowed in this number.
2. Dove Cameron
There has been much talk recently about the baby-faced Dove Cameron, star of Disney’s Liv and Maddie, all grown up. Here, she proves it. The girl who plays twin sisters in her most well-known show is now 21 years old, and she has the womanly figure to go along with her new stature of being old enough to now vote and drink alcohol. Wearing this studded maroon-colored corset dress, matching heels, a choker, and earrings, Dove was very recently photographed at Catch L.A. in West Hollywood. She was there for Marie Claire’s Image Maker Awards 2017, and looking very grown up. In fact, it is hard to believe this gorgeous woman is the star of a show aimed at teeny-boppers and kids. Besides Liv and Maddie, this year Dove will play the character of Mal in the film Descendants 2.
1. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande is the absolute and undisputable queen of the corset. Whether it be a corset top, a corset dress, or a corset that is actually being used for its original purpose, lingerie, the pop starlet is always wearing one form or another. This stunning example of her love of the corset is the dress she wore to the 2016 Grammy Awards. Along with Selena Gomez, Bella Hadid, and a few others, she was among the best dressed that evening, according to fashion critics. And it is obvious why. The SS16 Romona Keveza Collection red silk crepe evening gown with a corset bodice and fluted skirt looks like it was dreamt up and created especially for her body. With her signature high ponytail and to-die-for diamond earrings, the singer wowed at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.