Kate Beckinsale wears corset in Underworld Awakening, so how about trying a bustier?

Kate Beckinsale wears corset in Underworld Awakening, so how about trying a bustier?

If you’ve watched Underworld Awakening over the weekend, you couldn’t have missed the super-fit Kate Beckinsale dressed in an all-leather outfit and, most importantly, her leather corset.


It seems that Kate Beckinsale was more concerned about fitting into the leather corset than the daredevil stunts and the heavy-duty action scenes. Not surprising, considering that the first Underworld movie was shot almost a decade ago.

Nevertheless, if you think Kate Beckinsale looks sexy in this (I certainly do), there’s an easy way to get the corseted look without time-travelling to the Victorian era or holding your breath.

Say hello to the bustier!

La Senza pink bustier

Ok, not this bustier (from La Senza), but the ones I’ve written about below. Read on…

Why a bustier?

Sure, bustiers are usually associated with lingerie (they give the woman a higher bust line and a shapely waist), but as innerwear transformed into outerwear over the past few seasons, bustiers had a coming out of sorts (pun intended).

Bustier v/s corset

So what’s the difference between a bustier and a corset? For one, a bustier lacks the lacing and “boning” of a typical corset (they give shape to the wearer). Secondly, a bustier usually ends at the ribs or waist, while a corset can be of varying lengths.

If you want to wear a bustier to get a more defined torso, take your pick from the options below.

Bustier as a dress

Bustier dresses can be fitted or A-line, long or short.

Below: Denim bustier dress, Sabrina bustier bandage dress both from Forever New; Winter Love strapless dress from French Connection, gown from Jatin Varma (LFW W/F 2011)

Forevernew Cannes Denim bustier dressForevernew Sabrina Bustier Bandage DressFrench Connection Winter Love Strapless dress Jatin Varma LFW WF 2011 bustier2

Bustier as a top

I spotted a number of bustier tops at Bebe recently, and they looked absolutely fab! They ranged from sporty to sexy, and the satin ones were especially attractive. 🙂

Below: Space dye bustier top, Embellished pleated bustier, heart-shaped satin bustier, all from Bebe.

Bebe space-dye bustier pink Bebe embellished pleated bustier

Bebe heart shaped satin bustier

Bustier as a camisole or Indian-style blouse

Wear a bustier as a camisole under a sheer blouse, shirt or jacket. Or wear a bustier as a blouse with your sari or lehenga this wedding season.

Below: Lace bustier camisole from Forever New, look from Satya Paul LFW S/R 2011

Forevernew bustier cami

Satya Paul SR 2011 bustier


Bustier warning!

Wearing a bustier as outerwear is not easy, especially in India- it takes guts and a good figure. 🙂 So here are a couple of tips when you’re buying or wearing one.

A garment can only enhance what you already have—being in shape really helps. And not all bustier garments give good support. So be careful what you choose.

Innerwear matters: A bustier top or dress may require additional support from within especially if you’re a curvy girl. So shop for the right lingerie to look shapely and smart in your bustier.

Cover up: Bare shoulders and plunging neckline are not exactly appropriate or acceptable street wear in India. So wear a matching shrug or jacket over your bustier when you’re out, which you could take off when you’re indoors at a party or dinner.

Accessorise right: There’s nothing cooler than a long necklace to go with a bustier top or dress. Very flattering if you got the right curves!

Below: Feather charm necklace from Toniq

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Are you ready to wear a bustier?

Bollywood Fashion: Manish Malhotra’s ramp-inspired clothes for Kareena Kapoor in Bodyguard

This post on Kareena Kapoor’s clothes in her recent movie Bodyguard was due at least a week ago. But then I decided to do some additional research and go back to my six-m0nth-old archives to understand the story behind how Manish Malhotra chose his clothes for Kareena.

Here is Kareena Kapoor in the outfit she wore in the last scene of Bodyguard, and here she is attending Manish Malhotra’s Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2011 show, and a model from that show.

Kareena Kapoor in Bodyguard Kareena Kapoor at LFW S/R 2011 for Manish Malhotra Model at Manish Malhotra LFWSR2011

We got four words for you: Kashmiri embroidery, chikankari work!

Key trends we spotted on Kareena Kapoor in Bodyguard:

  • Chikankari on kurtas
  • Kashmiri embroidery
  • Sheer sleeves
  • Deliberate mismatching (eg: white embroidered kurta with yellow salwar and green dupatta)

Being a small-town girl, Kareena’s clothes are mostly Indian wear, the key outfits being kurti + loose salwar, and kurti + jeans. As for accessories, she is mostly wearing slinky bangles, statement neckpieces from local markets, and oh, her Vaio. 😉

Kareena Kapoor in Bodyguard  Kareena Kapoor in BodyguardKareena Kapoor in Bodyguard

Meanwhile… at LFW S/R 2011

At LFW S/R 2011, Manish Malhotra’s collection was heavy on Kashmiri embroidery and chikankari work, with either of these two crafts seen on every garment. Also, there were plenty of sheer dupattas. The pictures below are from the collection:

Model at Manish Malhotra LFW S/R 2011 Model at Manish Malhotra LFW S/R 2011

And at LFW W/F 2011, Manish Malhotra played a lot with contrasts:

Model at Manish Malhotra W/F 2011

It’s wonderful to see a designer create regular clothes using thematic elements from his fashion week collections. Ultimately, most women want to wear what Kareena, Katrina or Kalki is wearing in their favourite movie, right?

PS—A male friend of ours (and a Speaking Chic reader) is already raving about Kareena Kapoor and her red outfit in Chammak Challo from Ra.One. That’s Manish Malhotra again!