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The Ultimate Guide to Wearing a Corset Formal Dress

Corset Formal Dresses

Posted March 23 • Dress for a Night • Designer Dress Hire

Whether you have just received an invitation to a black tie/formal wedding, or you have your school formal around the corner, you are looking for a formal dress but you do not know where to start. In just one word and six letters, we have the answer for you, CORSET.

Corset Style Formal Dress

Corsets are making a comeback and everyone is loving it. The way corset dresses create distinct silhouettes that achieve the flattering hourglass figure will forever be something that catches the attention of a crowd of people.

Corsets originated in the 1800s and were what we call nowadays, "trending" during those times because of their ability to accentuate curves and feminine features.

During modern times, there are plenty of accessible procedures to achieve this famous 'hourglass figure' that has been desired for hundreds of years. People are loving the effect of corset dresses as they allow for temporary enhancements of feminine features and curves without having to spend thousands of dollars to achieve the look with permanent changes.

How to Wear a Corset Dress

You are now convinced that a corset dress is simply the only thing you should be wearing to your next event - how could you pass up an opportunity to look like a Kardashian-Jenner? But the questions at hand are - how do you wear a corset dress? And where can you wear one if you're not attending the Met Gala?

How to Accessorise a Corset Dress

Corset dresses should be treated the same as any other dress when it comes to accessorising. If you are wearing a black corset formal dress, you can accessorise with a pop of colour, or metallic accessories to elevate the dress.

If your formal dress with a corset, is crafted in a bold colour, or has dramatic features such as a long train, high split or exposed boning, then accessories can be kept minimal as the dress itself is the statement piece. You do not want to draw attention away from your amazing corset dress, so keep accessories minimal - meaning, dainty jewellery and neutral tone accessories.

When to Wear a Corset Dress

Formal dresses with corsets can be worn to most events depending on the type of dress. Let's breakdown the two main dress codes - cocktail and black tie/formal.


The cocktail dress code typically consists of mini and midi dresses. Corset dresses can be worn if featuring a mid-length which means any length from knee to ankle.

Black Tie/Formal

The black tie/formal dress code consists of full-length dresses. This dress code is also more formal than cocktail, which means you can bring out the corset dresses with the dramatic features. As long as your formal dress does not go above the ankle in length, then you can wear any corset dress you desire as long as it is appropriate for the event.

Corset Formal Dresses

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House Of CB Adrienne Corset Maxi Dress

The House of CB Adrienne Corset Maxi Dress is cut from a thick satin that drapes across the body. The built in corset allows for a flattering hourglass silhouette. This dress is all about luxury which is why we think it makes the perfect dress for any event as it nails the formal dress code. You can never go wrong with a black dress, no matter what season, which is why we know you will fall in love with this dress. If you are wanting to experiment with corset dresses, but want to start off with baby steps, this is the dress for you.

Lia Stublla Celine Gown

The Lia Stublla Celine Gown is the perfect formal dress for those who want something extra. This strapless corset gown features a thigh high split and a long dramatic train. If you want to make a statement, this dress is made for doing just that. With the cinch at the waist, the corset does everything it is supposed to do to give that hourglass figure. Everyone is obsessed with Lia Stublla and we know you will be too.

This style is also available in red and cobalt blue.

House Of CB Charmaine Corset Gown

The House of CB Charmaine Corset Gown is one we know you will recognise. Made from a lustrous silk satin, this dress features a beautifully draped cowl neckline with a corset bodice to cinch the figure. This is the dress of the season and we understand why. Corset dresses are the trending style of the year, so why not jump onto the trend while you can at your next wedding? You are guaranteed to make a statement with this gorgeous style.

This dress is also available in colours blush pink and black.

Lia Stublla Lillia Gown

The Lia Stublla Lillia Gown is a stunning corset formal dress crafted from a high quality satin. This dress features intricate pleating and a corset-style strapless bodice that cinches at the waist. With a thigh high split and long dramatic train, this dress exudes elegance and drama. This dress is guaranteed to turn heads, so if you are looking for a showstopping style, this one is for you.

This style is also available in emerald green.

House Of CB Thalia Corset Maxi Dress (Black Velvet)

The House Of CB Thalia Corset Maxi Dress (Black Velvet) is all about drama and glamour. This formal dress is crafted from a soft black stretch velvet, that hugs the figure and accentuates your curves. This dress features a draped bodice with a built in corset to cinch at the waist, as well as exposed boning for dramatic effect. We love this dress for black tie events as it can be accessorised in so many different ways. Add a pop of colour, diamonds, pearls, metallic accessories or keep it neutral. It is extremely versatile when it comes to styling.

Lia Stublla Eviana Gown

The Lia Stublla Eviana Gown is a beautiful strapless gown featuring an asymmetric neckline with a corset bodice. This dress gives a stunning hourglass silhouette and we know you will love this dress for your next formal event. This gown is sure to turn heads and will leave you feeling glamorous. We love this style for formal events where every guest is required to make a statement with their outfit. This gorgeous corset style formal dress is the perfect dress to step out of your comfort zone with, as it leaves you feeling like a million dollars.

This style is also available in red and black.

House Of CB Lulu Drape Corset Midi Dress

The House of CB Lulu Drape Corset Midi Dress is a beautiful one shoulder corset dress in a delicate sage tone. This dress is perfect for cocktail events as it is a mid-length design. Corset dresses are also super trendy at the moment so why not jump on the trend while you have the chance! The thick satin adds a touch of luxury, especially with the exposed boning that brings the drama. An easy to wear style, that has you feeling elegant and classy.

This style is also available in white.

Lia Stublla Milana Gown

The Lia Stublla Milana Gown is a gorgeous black corset formal dress crafted in a high quality satin. This corset formal dress features a sweatheart neckline, thigh high split and lace up corset detailing at the back to cinch at the waist. This style is perfect for formal and black tie events, for if you're wanting a dress that is simple but with a twist.

Finding Your Fit

If you are thinking... Where can I find a corset style formal dress in Australia? Don't worry, we have got you covered! At Dress for a Night you can hire a corset style formal dress for a fraction of the retail price. Corset dresses may be a style that you only want to dabble in, not keep in your wardrobe forever, because let's be honest, corset dresses are not cheap.

You can hire all these styles mentioned above, and never have to outfit repeat again! The most convenient and sustainable way to wear all your favourite outfits.


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