What are bustiers and basques? The dictionary defines a bustier as a close-fitting strapless bra that you can wear as outerwear. According to the French, it's merely a longline bra. A basque is longer, and often includes garters or suspenders. But the terms seem interchangeable. And both styles veer into "only for the boudoir" territory, at times.
Many people confuse a bustier with a corset. No surprise, given that lingerie and bra style terms aren't always clear. That's where Orchard Corset's educational FAQs come in handy. The bustier lifts breasts (think "boost-ier") and works like shapewear by keeping everything in place. A corset cinches in your waist, using boning and front steel closures. Bustiers, on the other hand, can close with hook-and-eyes or zippers. Finally, corsets tend to be more expensive due to rigid construction standards.
Bustiers are often strapless or come with removable straps. It's common for brides to wear them under wedding dresses because they do a great job of creating cleavage. And they look pretty sexy when the dress comes off.
The bustier or basque is also perfect lingerie as outerwear looks. You can layer one under a jacket or short robe or pair it with skirts and jeans. I've worn a bustier under a suit for a fancy night out. One of the advantages of a bustier is how it doubles as shapewear, keeping your tummy flat while not squishing down boobs. So it's a great style to consider wearing for the holiday season, too.
Below are 15 bustiers and basques, which give you an idea of the variety of styles available. So if you want some of the function of shapewear, but it to look more exciting, give one a try.
Under $100Hasmik Conture Plus Fits Bands 38-42, Cups B-H via Adore Me Bluebella Mara Basque Fits Bands 32-36, Cups B-DD via Figleaves Low Plunge Soiree Bustier Fits Bands 32-38, Cups A-E via Va Bien Butterfly Bustier Fits 1X - 3X via Savage X Fenty Stella Lurex Lace Basque Fits Bands 32-38, Cups A-G via Figleaves
From $100 to $200Scantilly by Curvy Kate Surrender Basque (Available in Black) Fits Bands 30-38, Cups DD-HH via Figleaves Segur Bustier Fits Bands 32-36, Cups B-E via Chantelle
Over $200Audacieuse Bustier, Chantal Thomass Available in S, M, L via Chantelle Simone Perele Wish Bustier Fits Bands 32-36, Cups B-D via Bloomingdales Shape Allure Lycra Control Bustier w/Chantilly Lace Available in 3 Colors Fits Bands 32-38, Cups B and C via La Perla
Do you like the look of bustiers and basques? Would you wear one, either underneath an outfit or as outerwear? Or do you think they belong only in the boudoir?