A bustier is a form-fitting garment for women, traditionally worn as lingerie. Its primary purpose is to push up the bust by tightening against the upper midriff and forcing the breasts up, while gently shaping the waist. A bustier resembles a basque, but it is shorter. It reaches down only to the ribs or waist. Modern bustiers are often made with mesh panels rather than the rigid boning of the past, making them more comfortable and versatile.
Bustiers are often confused with corsets. While both garments provide shaping effects, the bustier is more focused on lifting the bust and providing support. Corsets, on the other hand, are mainly used to cinch the waist and shape the torso.
A bustier typically comes with detachable and adjustable straps, and it may also have garters to hold up stockings. It’s made from a variety of fabrics including silk, satin, lace, and leather, and it might be adorned with lace, ruffles, bows, and other decorative elements.
Bustiers are not just for lingerie. They have made their way into outerwear as well. A popular trend in fashion is to wear a bustier over a blouse, under a jacket, or on its own as a top. This versatility makes the bustier a popular choice for adding a touch of elegance and seductiveness to both casual and formal outfits.