It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Wait — what do you mean, that’s Christmas? I love Halloween and Día de los Muertos and their associated season, mood, decorations, and overall style — holidays with pizazz! Admittedly, as one of my friends once told me, “You just like Halloween because it’s an excuse to play dress up, and you do that every day, Marianne.” But now it is time to play dress up with a purpose. Check out the delightful skeleton motif corsets below (listed alphabetically by designer) and see some more along the same lines on my eponymous Pinterest board.
Cinched Tight: Ribcage Overbust Corset
Cinched Tight’s signature Ribcage overbust has a fashion layer of silk dupioni (one of my favorite fabrics) with hand-appliqued stylized bones and an anatomical heart. This corset is definitely the most classically gothic of those on this list. It is also highly customizable, with each element available in a range of colors and a couple additional embellishment options for the heart.
Contrived to Charm: Tooled Leather Ribcage Corset Belt
This beautiful tooled leather belt wins honorable mention on this list, as it is not a true corset. It looks to be very lightly shaped along the laced-up side seams, and fits with the bottom edge on or just below the natural waistline. The leather tooling and hand painting is just beautiful. Those a little corset-shy may find this piece a bit more wearable, and those with an interest in anatomy should be pleased by the rendition.
One surely cannot discuss skeleton corsets without mentioning the famous Louise Black cameo corsets! They can be made in an assortment of fabrications, though I am particularly fond of the stripe and scroll combination shown above. Unfortunately at this time it seems that her Etsy store has been deactivated, as all the links through are dead.
Naturally, I am particularly fond of this “T-shirt corset” style from my line. The skeleton illustration is a custom screen print onto organic cotton interlock, overlayed onto a single layer corset of any style. The illustration is from an antique anti-corset propaganda piece; the t-shirt overlay hides a front busk. This look is fun and versatile, and a bit more casual than the other styles shown — it could be easily worn with jeans.
Sweet Carousel was reader’s choice for best corset brand in 2012 here at The Lingerie Addict. Their skeleton corset doesn’t disappoint: the applique is cut exactingly in your choice of vinyl (white is the default, of course), overlayed onto a satin corset. Click through to the Etsy link to see some interesting variations: hearts, underbusts, and interesting color combinations.
Would you rock these spooky styles for Halloween? Year-round? Which is your favorite take on the style?