Once seen as a signifier of male oppression, the corset has be reclaimed over the 20th century into the innately feminist piece of clothing that it is today. Forget about the archaic boned styles of centuries gone, that were designed to crush and reshape your torso, today you'll find figure hugging shapes that are meant to embrace the shape of your body, rather than hide it. 

That being said, it's historically not been a look for the faint hearted. Forever being sexualised and worn to cause a stir – think: the Jean Paul Gautier cone corset Madonna wore – it's hard to imagine how it could fit into our everyday outfits. But, that's where we come in.

With it being such a confidence building garment, it makes for worthy wear day to day. We've styled these oh so versatile options so that they don't feel to daring to wear at your local corner shop, but equally wouldn't go a miss at a rooftop bar.

No look says effortless cool quite like printed denim, and this corset and jeans combo from Ganni has caught our hearts. Oh, and have we mentioned it's in the sale? *Immediately adds to basket*

This reworked pin-strip look calls for other modern updates of classics to be paired with it. Dangle these unpolished pearls from Timeless Pearly from your ears and throw on these Proenza Schouler cloggs and you're set.

Who'd have thought you could get a knitted corset?! This Alexander McQueen number comes in an eye-catching emerald shade, but it needn't be the only star of this colour-blocking show.

Up the ante by throwing in another hue into the mix, like this turquoise Gucci skirt, and if you're here to make an even bigger sartorial splash, add a small dose of animal print in the form of an aeyde pump. Finally, throw on a Little Liffner shoulder bag and prepare to be admired for your creative boldness by passers by. 

Often what puts people off from rocking a corset is the attention it can bring to your décolletage, but this can be easily resolved. In the case of this Christopher John Rogers iteration, we'd layer this Miu Miu ruffled collar top underneath it. The oversized peter pan collar draws the eye upwards, and gives a fresh take on how to wear the ancient garb. As the top half is doing the talking, keeping the rest of the look elegant and more subdued. Cue: The Row tailored trousers; Neous slingbacks and Charlotte Chesnais gold hoops

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