The Return of the Bustier

If you’ve watched the Titanic or any movie set in the late nineteenth century, you would have noticed that their cleavage seems to be more defined and deeper. If you watched such movies more closely, you would also notice that the women in the movie wore undergarments. Whatever they wore, it sure worked, the women there appeared to have firmer breasts and deeper cleavages. Thanks to the corset and its cousin, the bustier.

A bustier is worn as an undergarment and as lingerie for women. The purpose for wearing a bustier is, as the name suggests, to make the bust, or the breast stand out and make it look a bit bigger. A bustier helps a woman feel and look sexier by making the breasts appear firmer and more robust.

A Basque is a kind of cousin of the bustier but the former is longer. A bustier reaches down to the waist or the last pair of ribs in order to push up a woman’s breast against the midriff. Therefore, it helps a woman wearing it take two birds with one stone—her breasts appear larger and more defined and at the same time, her waists are shaped by the bustier to make it appear slimmer.

Nowadays, women do not need to wear elaborate dresses as the kind portrayed in the movie Titanic. Yet, the bustier can still fulfill several roles for the modern woman. It functions as an undergarment that can be used for different purposes. It can be used as a push-up bra, especially if the back of a woman’s dress is low. In other instances, it can also be used as an outer garment and worn as a camisole. Moreover, it can be donned as a half-slip for outer garments that tend to display a lot of skin in the midriff.

The bustier is not only for women in the nineteenth century. In fact, the fashion statements of this century can still be complemented by the bustier.