Burlesque costumes are worn for a variety of reasons, whether a woman is doing a genuine burlesque performance, wants a burlesque-inspired look for a costume party or event, or just wants to add some retro sex appeal to her lingerie collection. Burlesque costumes are classic, iconic looks, with styles that go all the way back to the 1920s, gaining popularity in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s with icons, theatre performers, and dancers around the world.
Burlesque costumes are incredibly diverse, and can be as simple, colorful, revealing, or complex as any woman desires. Women who are tiny and petite love burlesque costumes just as much as women who are curvy and voluptuous, so there’s no shortage in available stockings, corsetry, and accessories for women of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
When creating a burlesque costume, one of the most important components is the corset. Finding a corset that suits your needs, whether it’s layers of fabric or a sturdy steel-boned corset, is simple with the amount of customization available by corset designers. Search through shops such as KaosCorsets, SugarKitty Corsets, Maya Hansen, Bibian Blue, Miss Katie, Burleska, and Redcat 7. Most times the designer will allow you to choose everything from the sturdiness of the bone to the colors of the fabric, lace, ruffles, and trim.
Of course, a corset can’t do it all. Burlesque costumes have plenty of necessary accessories such as pasties, garter belts, ruffled panties, stockings, floral hair pieces, and suspender straps. You’ll find a great assortment of burlesque costume accessories at Gothesque.de, Starlets and Harlets, and Feisty Cat. For luxurious stockings and hosiery that will stand the test of time and last more than one wear without snagging, browse shops such as Sweet Pins, Hepburn and Leigh, Secrets In Lace, Girdlebound, and Cervin Paris. Some of these shops also allow for customization, so whether it’s pasties, stockings, or a garter belt you want to adjust and tailor to your own needs, the talented designers will work with you to make that happen.
Burlesque costumes are always worn with confidence, so don’t be afraid to flaunt your body in the perfect outfit. Check out these shops for the most luxurious and high-quality burlesque looks on the market.