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Burlesque Costumes

Burlesque is a type of dance that uses music and costumes to create a sensual mood onstage. Burlesque costumes are colourful and dramatic, and typically use accents and touches like feathers, crystals and anything shimmery to make a statement. Whether you're performing or you just want to dress burlesque for a party or occasion, putting together a burlesque costumes requires the right look and accessories, and picking a costume is fun and engaging.


Women's burlesque costumes come in several styles. You can purchase costumes as one piece, such as a dress, or put separates together to create your own distinct look. Burlesque outfits typically have a corset top that cinches in, along with a sheer tulle bottom that flares out and has plenty of volume. Costume colours and designs vary, as you'll find costumes with straps, strapless options, designs with long skirts or options with short skirts. More elaborate costumes may include layers of fabric to create volume, or a full-length bustle skirt. Costumes are generally figure-enhancing and flattering.


Pick a corset top and pair it with a skirt to create your own look. Some top options include a strappy slip top or a top with boning, a bustier top or a lace-up corset option. Skirts vary in style, and include satin tiered skirts, frilly tulle petticoat skirts, or short mini skirts. Some burlesque skirts are ballet-inspired and have a tutu design, while Moulin Rouge-inspired skirts have a can-can look with layers and layers of satin-edged tulle. Patterns and designs include lace options, ruffled skirts and tops and accents, such as bows, rhinestones or feathers.


Burlesque accessories are a big part of the overall look, and hats are a popular option. Burlesque hats range from traditional top hats to elaborately feathered headpieces. Mini hats are fun and feminine, while tiaras embellished with crystals, lace and sequins stand out. For an animal-themed costume, choose sparkling cat ears. For a retro-inspired look, a snood with a veil looks chic and elegant. Some burlesque dancers pick eras to represent, so if you wish to dress in the style of the 1920s, choose a sequined headband for a flapper look. Cowgirl hats are a fun option too, especially covered in crystals or feathers.


Burlesque costume accessories are a must-have when it comes to putting together the perfect burlesque costumes. Some accessories to add to your look include elbow-length gloves, a feather boa, thigh-high stockings, garters and eye masks. Change up your look by adding a wig to your costume for even more drama, or pile on glittering pearls and gold jewellery to accessorise your look even further. No burlesque act is complete without an oversized, feathery fan and high heels.

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