Valentine’s Glamour

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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?” 

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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.

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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!

XxMO

Photos by Audrey Froggatt

This post was done in collaboration with Orchard Corset.  However, all opinions are my own– I have been a fan of the brand for a long time!
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43 Comments

  1. elb743
    February 16, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Well I love the corset on you, and I am certain my husband would love it on me… so maybe that is a win win!
    You ask a good question, it is so important to feel comfortable in one skin- that enhances any mood, and is crucial to self esteem!
    Great Post Madame!
    xx, Elle
    http://mydailycostume.com/

    • February 17, 2015 / 12:54 pm

      Thanks Elle! It’s so true, when you’re comfortable you feel good and the beauty from within is able to shine! Hope you’re staying warm xx

    • February 17, 2015 / 12:54 pm

      Thank you Mihaela! I hope you have a great week! xx

  2. afroditebalsen
    February 13, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    To me, sexy is when someone shows confidence (which is very different from arrogance). I can’t even name a specific physical feature that appeals to me, because I’ve been attracted by so many different body types!
    A corset though is most definitely a sexy garment – partly because it enhances feminine curves and partly because it evokes a feeling of pain that comes along with beauty, which is something I find extremely intriguing (and no, this has nothing to do with that trashy 50 shades of grey :D).
    Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day dear!

    Arianna, Nymphashion ♡

    • February 17, 2015 / 3:12 pm

      Is it bad that sometimes arrogance can be sexy, too? I guess there’s a very fine line between arrogance and confidence that can only be executed correctly by a select group of people!

      The correlation between beauty and pain is an interesting one– take for example high heels. Would love to explore that further. I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day too! xx

  3. February 13, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    I have always wanted a real corset!!!! You look so fabulous my words won’t do you any justice. It’s funny because when I was in film school I used to wear “fake” corsets all the time…. miss those days.
    xo
    styleontheside.com

    • February 17, 2015 / 3:13 pm

      Hi Caroline! You should try one, they’re a fun piece of shape wear! I have a few “fake” ones too that I’d wear for nights out under a leather jacket. It’s crazy how different a “real” one feels though! xx

      • February 17, 2015 / 4:05 pm

        I’m soooo dying for a real one!
        xo

  4. February 12, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    I think the red corset perfectly compliments a black dress..and the color looks amazing on you. Great photos.
    xo Natasha

    • February 17, 2015 / 3:14 pm

      Hi Natasha! Thank you so much for your kind words, they mean a lot. I hope you have a wonderful week! xx

  5. February 12, 2015 / 7:49 am

    I love love love the red with your hair, and you look smokin! I’ve never worn a corset since I can’t find anything in my size and don’t have the money to get one custom-made, but the second I do, I’m totally getting one! I love how old Hollywood glamorized them and I think they look amazing. You’re proof!
    Randi | Randi with an i

    • February 17, 2015 / 3:17 pm

      Hi Randi! Thank you so much for your kind words, they really mean a lot!

      The nice thing about Orchard Corset is that they carry the most diverse size range of any corset provider I’ve heard of. They have “short” lengths for petite girls, long ones for tall girls (like myself!) as well as waist sizes ranging from 16 – 46 inches. Definitely take a look at them!

  6. February 12, 2015 / 6:16 am

    gorgeous curves! love the red corset :)

    • February 17, 2015 / 3:18 pm

      Hi love, thank you so much! I hope you’re having a wonderful week xx

    • February 17, 2015 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you so much mama! That’s so nice of you to say. I hope you’re having a great week, and I’ll talk to you soon! xx

  7. February 11, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    I’ve never tried a corset, but in addition to be hot as hell, I love the shape it gives too! Got me thinking for Valentine’s Day… haha

    Thanks!
    Joyce

    http://joycesaysyes.com/

    • February 17, 2015 / 3:19 pm

      Thanks Joyce! You should definitely give one a try some time :)

      Have a great week! xx

    • February 11, 2015 / 10:04 am

      Definitely agree! Thank you so much for stopping by, Jenny. I hope you have a wonderful week! xx

    • February 11, 2015 / 10:04 am

      Aw, thank you Deniz! That is so kind of you to say! xx

    • February 11, 2015 / 10:05 am

      It is fun! It’s not something I wear every day but it definitely adds something fun to a going out look. Thank you so much for stopping by! xx

    • February 11, 2015 / 10:06 am

      Thank you so much Edita! I hope you are having a fantastic week — xx

    • February 11, 2015 / 10:06 am

      Thanks Mihaela! I’m doing great– hope you are as well! xx

  8. Shybiker
    February 9, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    You look TERRIFIC! Really sexy. Great post. Your blog keeps getting better and better.

  9. Michi of Delphina Luxe
    February 9, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    Ok, I just have to do this:

    DAAYAAAM GURL!

    • February 11, 2015 / 10:07 am

      Thanks mama! Hope you’re staying warm– its effing cold! xx

  10. February 9, 2015 / 9:35 pm

    What a lovely post! “What is sexy?” is a great question, there are so many different answers ♥
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

    • February 11, 2015 / 10:07 am

      Hi Amy! Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful day! xx

    • February 11, 2015 / 10:08 am

      Hi Mel! Thank you! I hope you have a wonderful week as well xx

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