Tips to Help You Nail the Burlesque Style


While you probably wouldn’t see the likes of Selena Gomez incorporating a burlesque style into her next outfit, you might see Beyonce doing it while she’s on stage. The all-around look might divide some people in society, but there are others who simply adore the red-lit and the velveted world of burlesque.

Steeped in history and always popular throughout time, it’s a look that can also be applied to the fashion sphere if done correctly. Although she didn’t invent burlesque, Dita Von Teese is certainly being credited with its revival in 2022. In fact, she even has a Burlesque by Dita game that has been named after her following her ongoing mission to revive the art of burlesque. Burlesque was prominent long before Von Teese was on the scene, though, although she is certainly doing her utmost to bring it back to its very best in the modern world.

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While dance and comedy certainly add to the overall look and feel of burlesque, as seen in movies like Burlesque, a person aiming to pull off the burlesque style also needs to ooze elegance and showcase their naughty side, all while achieving a fully-dressed look that will wow audiences without providing any smuttiness along the way. It’s a tough look to pull off, especially back in the day when attitudes towards women were perhaps different.

In the modern world, a burlesque look is perfect for certain occasions, be it a party at a friend’s house or during a carnival in the city. If it’s a style you’ve considered rocking, let’s take a look at some simple tips to help you nail it.

The essentials always stay the same

As you’ll see from Dita Von Teese, the burlesque look has some style must-haves that must always be featured. The essentials that have to stay the same include red lipstick, eyeliner, a good quality set of underwear, heels, nails, and impeccable retro hair that is likely to turn heads. While the look requires someone to ooze confidence and truly pull it off with a swagger, it can also be subtly added alongside another fashionable look, too. For example, you might not want to turn up to a party in a potentially risqué outfit, therefore leaving you with the option of simply taking on just the lipstick and hair side of the burlesque look. Essentially, you don’t have to go all out if you don’t want to.

Don’t be afraid of a skirt

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While you don’t have to go all-out with your burlesque look if you aren’t feeling it, you certainly can’t opt for trousers instead of a skirt. Whether it’s a short skirt or a fitted piece that will complement your overall look, incorporating a skirt is a necessity for any burlesque outfit. Ultimately, a look can’t be classed as burlesque if it doesn’t feature a skirt.

Jewelry and accessories are needed

Once you’ve nailed your hair and found the perfect skirt, you’ll probably want to throw on some jewelry and accessories to elevate your look further. Common options in this space include rhinestones, sequins, lace, frills, ribbons, and a selection of other touches that the likes of Dita Von Teese and Marilyn Monroe have shown off in the past. If you’re feeling brave enough, some pasties and nipple tassels will add to your outfit, too.

Final thoughts

Other things to keep in mind include avoiding wearing a corset if the weather is too hot, while also making sure that you’ve had a manicure and a pedicure heading into the event you’re aiming to impress at. Don’t be afraid to adapt and be unique either.


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