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Formal Corset Dresses

Crystal Schwanke

Feminine and Flattering Corset Styles

Formal corset dresses are feminine and figure-flattering options for a special evening. They cinch in at the waist, offer beautiful structure to the bodice, and have the additional pretty lace-up detail. Skirts can be long or short, fitted or flowing. If you've ever wanted to feel like a princess at a special event, a corset dress is one way to get close.

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Formal Yet Flirty Corset Dress

If you love the corset back but think a shorter skirt is more your style, this strapless, beaded cocktail formal dress will work. It comes in eight colors, including beige, turquoise, red, and coral, in sizes 4 through 20. It costs less than $100.00, so it's fairly budget-friendly where formal dresses are concerned.

This style doesn't have the true lace-up detail in the back that some do, but it gives the illusion due to ruched fabric around the middle. A pair of sandals with heels, sparkly earrings, and a small, structured purse will tie this look together.

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Fit for a Queen

This gown is the picture of elegance. Its trumpet style paired with the corset back makes for an unusual - but incredibly flattering - style. It would be right at home in a family movie about a princess or a queen in a scene where she finally gets the happy ending she deserves.

Get it in one of eight different colors: dark champagne (shown), fuchsia, ivory, pink, purple, sky blue, champagne, or silver. It comes in sizes 00 Petite to 28 Plus and will flatter any body shape. Prices vary, but all colors are less than $200.00 each. Simple shoes, a small clutch, and delicate jewelry (optional) will keep all eyes on the dress, not your accessories.

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Corset-Style Ball Gown

This breathtaking ball gown is shockingly inexpensive at less than $150.00, and it's available in 15 different colors. That means there's something for any occasion, season, and skin tone. It also comes in sizes 2 through 28 Plus and will look stunning on any body shape and size.

For the full princess effect, stick with simple jewelry, like a dainty necklace and bracelet, and a pair of basic ballet flats or sandals.

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Va-Va-Voom Red

This dress is undeniably sexy. Is it the color, the shape, the strapless bodice with sweetheart neckline, or all of the above, combined in one place to create a style so exquisite? It has an Old Hollywood starlet vibe that will make you want to curl your hair and wear red lipstick. Get this design in sizes 14 through 18.

This is another dress that offers the shape a corset would provide (thanks to boning and padded cups), without the lace-up back. The price is just under $450.00. Because of the bright color and embellishments, you need little in the way of accessories. A simple, short necklace or a chunky bracelet will do.

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Ethereal and Trendy

This dress somehow manages to look otherworldly and angelic while following the high-low hemline trend, which keeps it youthful and modern. The petal applique embellishments and shorter skirt in front make this a beautiful choice for a formal spring event.

The back has the corset-style lace-up detail above a long mesh skirt. Get it in size small, medium, or large for around $150.00. Consider wearing a pair of silver flats or simple sandals with this dress to keep the attention on the roses and amazing hemline.

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Florals and Fairy Dust

This gorgeous v-neck 3D flower beaded dress is perfect for homecoming. It's whimsical, feminine, and beautiful, ideal for a teen or 20-something to wear to a high school or college event. The low back has a zipper closure with lace-up detail. Get it in sizes small through XXXL for less than $75.00.

A tiny clutch in silver, blue, or purple and an understated pair of shoes are all this dress needs.

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Look Like a Million Bucks

Nothing says luxury quite like a floor-length gown done in shimmering gold fabric. Surprisingly, this dress costs less than $125.00. It's available in sizes small, medium, and large and features mesh at the top of the bodice, cap sleeves (sheer), a stand collar, cutouts, and a lace-up back; it will look beautiful on any body type.

Add color with your accessories or keep it monochromatic with a gold clutch and gold pumps or sandals.

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The Party Dress

If you want to have fun with your dress, spend a night out dancing without the extra weight of a long skirt, and you love daring flashes of skin, this is your dress. It's a fit and flare style with a short skirt and mesh detail on the bodice. This one's available in juniors sizing, from 1 to 13. Get it for just over $200.00.

Simple black strappy sandals and a small purse will finish the look.

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The Picture of Elegance

This eggplant chiffon dress is the picture of elegance and especially perfect for special events in the fall and winter because of its deep color. It's available in over 10 other shades, however, so you can make this one work for you any time of the year. It's flirty, feminine, and flattering.

Even if you're not crazy about the strapless style, you can always drape a shawl over your shoulders; it will pair well with one. Keep your accessories simple since the flowing chiffon, lace-up back, and silk band at the waist add interesting detail on their own.

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Look Like Royalty

At first glance, this dress looks especially low-cut, which could make some ladies nervous. However, the mesh panel in the center will help keep all sections of the bodice in place. The flowing skirt with a train will make you look and feel like royalty, and the red shade is perfect for romantic settings or holiday parties. It's available in sizes 8 and 10 for just over $200.00.

A corset dress is a wonderful way to embrace your feminine side and effortlessly add a little detail to your look without needing a lot of extra accessories. Keep jewelry simple and consider a clutch as your purse if you need to carry one at all.

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