Do you remember those Victoria’s Secret ads that asked, “What is Sexy?”
VS might not be the best people to ask since their brand offers a very narrow depiction of what constitutes “sexy,” but they pose a good question nonetheless.
The interesting truth behind “What is Sexy?” is that there’s no “right” or “wrong” answer. Just look at instagram and you’ll see a lot of different ideas of what it means to be “#hot” (since they rather inconveniently won’t let you use #sexy.)
For some “sexy” may mean six pack abs, quick wit, silky hair, glasses, or maybe even a special talent. In this sense, sexiness is subjective—It can’t really be commodified since it’s a concept rather than a product.
The answer is as personal as an individual’s experiences, upbringing and cultural conditioning. I mean, could you imagine if we all found the exact same thing attractive? Humanity would cease to exist.
With Valentine’s Day coming up there’s not only a large focus on “romance,” but also self-appreciation. Marketers push product aimed to customers feel beautiful such as Valentine’s Day themed lingerie sets, lipsticks, and perfumes.
Arguably, Valentine’s Day has become equally as much about indulging in what makes you feel beautiful as it is celebrating amorous love.
Taking this into consideration, it might be better to reword “What is Sexy?” into the following question, “What makes you feel the most confident and attractive?”
Personally, what makes me feel beautiful is classic glamour and the high drama of old Hollywood screen sirens. Maybe it’s because I have a very specific body type, but I feel the most attractive while channeling my inner pin up with timeless silhouettes, dramatic winged eyeliner, and a bold lip on special occasions.
Thus, when my friends at Orchard Corset offered to send me their limited edition CS-426 in Red Satin for Valentine’s Day, I was ecstatic. I tried out their CS-411 in a previous post I wrote that explored the world of waist training and have since worn it numerous times under dresses for evenings out.
However, corsets aren’t just for those who want to train their waist to be smaller, or for vintage enthusiasts. They can be worn both under and on top of clothing and, in my opinion, add a touch of glamour to every day life.
Stars like Kim Kardashian and Beyonce are known for wearing corsets under red carpet dresses to enhance their curves. I like to do the same for nights out– especially since corsets can contour your curves in ways that Spanx and traditional shapewear can’t. As a bonus, it also gives you perfect posture with little to no effort!
I actually prefer the CS-426 over any other corset or shapewear since it has a more dramatic curve to it which better suits my body type. It also is a longer length, which makes it perfect for wearing as shapewear since it gives a smoother line under your clothing than shorter corsets do.
Of course, corsets can also be worn for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day as a way to add a touch of elegance to a basic lingerie set. Or if you’re celebrating a night out with friends and feeling especially cheeky you can embrace your inner pin up and wear a corset over a dress for an attention grabbing look. (Like I am in these photos! However, I’d probably go for black since red is a little too bold… even for me.)
Wearing a corset with an evening look is a great way to add a touch of luxe to every day life. Wearing one makes me feel like I’m channeling my inner Jayne Mansfield, which is ultimately what makes me feel most attractive.
So, what makes you feel your best? Would you try a corset out? Let me know in the comments below!
Photos by Audrey Froggatt