Burlesque is a type of dancing and acting that is often done as a parody or dramatic, musical work with the intent to create a humorous show. Burlesque is often very theatrical, with sexy retro styles worn by the actors, primarily women.
Burlesque regained popularity in the 1990s, with famous icons such as Dita Von Teese wearing burlesque dresses and performing sexy burlesque dances across the country. Burlesque dresses have kept their traditional aspects while some have added a bit of a modern or even gothic twist, so women of all ages, shapes, sizes and styles can find a pin up dress that is perfect for them and their personal taste. Fitted corsets, pencil skirts, halter tops and wide ruffled skirts are some of the most popular components of a true burlesque dress.
If you’re looking to add some sexy burlesque dresses to your closet, there are plenty of online boutiques that sell true retro as well as modernized burlesque dresses in plenty of sizes for a wide range of prices. Bibian Blue is known for its gothic inspired burlesque styles, incorporating corsets, silk and satin into their dresses. Starlets & Harlets has a huge selection of dresses, many of which channel burlesque styles. If you’re looking for a classic burlesque corset, FairyGothMother and Slacks Fashion are two of the most widely recognized custom corset shops on the web. Tired of “vanilla” fashions and want to bring out the gothic goddess in you? Gothesque.de sells a wide range of sexy, racy styles. If you want to keep your burlesque style a bit more tame, Vintage Suits by Mary has all sorts of swimsuits and playsuits AND awesome Bulesque Dresses for the pin up girl in you.
To add the perfect finishing touch to your burlesque dress, swipe on some bright red lipstick, draw a seductive cat-eye liner above your lashes, and tease your hair into some sexy curls for the ultimate burlesque goddess look.