Red & Black Week 2014, Day 4: Trying a Wasp Waist on for Size

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As I mentioned on Day 1, this year several of my Red & Black posts are all about celebrating a subtle touch of red. I wanted to include this recent club outfit because it features a perfect example of my favorite lip look, which has become a signature element of my club style.

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Gothic Victorian Wasp Waist Corset

When Mr. Kitty and I went shopping at What Katie Did back in September to find the perfect foundation garment for my Fabulous 40th Birthday dress, I couldn’t help but also notice this wasp-waist underbust corset hanging on a rack next to the checkout. I told myself I really didn’t need it, but I just had to try it on anyway. I fell so deeply and completely in love with it, Mr. Kitty bought it for me as my 40th birthday gift.

Gothic Victorian Wasp Waist Corset

Wearing a corset with such a dramatic shape and waist reduction is definitely a very different experience from any of my other corsets. While I do tend to lean toward tight lacing with all of my corsets, this one gave me approximately 2″ more reduction than usual. It was actually quite comfortable, due to the brilliant design: it’s cut short enough in the front to fall pretty much below the rib cage, so restricted breathing and bone compression were not issues at all.

Gothic Victorian Wasp Waist Corset

The extremely compressed waist was, however, rather uncomfortable while sitting in our car’s bucket seats for the 1-hour drive to the club. Next time, I will definitely wait until we arrive to tighten the lacing.

Gothic Victorian Wasp Waist Corset

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  1. What a beautiful outfit !

  2. miss kitty i love you rose head-dress, it’s adorable and how amazing that you can rock the corset!!!

  3. Wow. Just wow! Everything is just stunning, and you have stunning eyes.

  4. Awesome, you look like a dark princess πŸ™‚

  5. You look stunning!! Do you wear one of your fab hairpieces?
    I have been thinking of buying a wais chincher since my measure around the waist is of a bigger size than hip and bust. I would wear it under my clothes to get better proportions.

    • Yes, this pony tail is a hairpiece. ;D

      I was wearing my most comfortable waist cincher daily under my clothes at one point (several years ago). I found it quite comfortable, as long as it was not too tight. It takes a bit of getting used to, but in the end it actually helped my posture at work as well!

  6. That waist corset looks very flattering on you! πŸ™‚ What a beautiful piece of clothing. However, the thing that makes me fall in love most with this outfit is the skirt. Wow! I need a skirt like that in my life! (And my wardrobe…)

  7. That corset is beautiful and gives such a striking silhouette! Tops off the outfit quite nicely!

  8. So beautiful, everything about this look – your skirt, the waspie, your entire figure, your hair and your lips and the strange way your red and black make – up enhances your eyes even though they’re not even complementary colors to blue…alright, this must have sounded weird…:D

  9. What a dramatic look! You look awesome! I think you look like a gothic Snow White. ^_^ I am also in love with your skirt. I don’t tight lace- I like steel boned corsets just because they hold their shape, but I mainly just use them to keep everything smooth and supportive. I can’t breathe well when they’re tight so for dancing or jumping up and down at a concert it just doesn’t work- plus I admit it, I’m no masochist and am not into pain or even discomfort. πŸ˜€ I also keep the laces loose in the car, or if I’m wearing a shirt or something underneath I may not even put the corset on till I get to a venue.

  10. Aw, you look so beautiful! And that’s some tight lacing, darling gal! VA-VOOM!

  11. Gorgeous outfit! Everything goes just perfectly together! That is a really neat corset, I have never seen one that falls below the ribcage. It must be very well made because he waist reduction looks amazing!

    I know what you mean about wearing a fully laced up corset on the way to the club….sooo uncomfortable, especially if you take a cab!

  12. I am in love with that corset. The whole outfit looks great. But I’ve always loved the wasp-waist silhouette – I blame watching Gone with the Wind at a young age. πŸ˜‰

    I added my link…to what will probably be a unique post in the history of Red and Black Week!

  13. Oh my, you look absolutely fantastic. The whole outfit is just a dream

  14. Very lovely! I just love that skirt,and your eyes are beautiful!

  15. You look lovely, as usual. The whole outfit is beautiful, and the red roses are an unusual finishing touch. My favourite part of the outfit is the skirt: it’s airy and light and still wondrously full and decadent.

  16. Gasp! I am DYING right now. You look gorgeous! I want everything – especially that skirt! (I’m addicted to skirts, apparently). Beautiful!

  17. I’ve always wanted to try the wasp-waist look just to see. I don’t really think my personality fits its ultrafeminine shape. You do, though! And you pull it off well! And I want to echo the earlier comment that this look somehow complements your eyes beautifully!

  18. Stunning as ever – I really do love those flowers. The corset is such a dramatic shape; excellent taste!

    • I also can’t wait to see what you have for the final day, if this is only for day 4. πŸ˜‰

      • I probably should have saved this for the grand finale… Especially since my Day 6 photos ended up coming out TERRIBLE due to accidentally tweaking my camera settings, and I have no time to re-do them. πŸ™ Oh well, I couldn’t have foreseen the technical malfunction, and I guess that’s part of being stuck as a human. πŸ™‚

  19. You look beautiful, Ms. Kitty! Almost makes me want to put away my licorice toffee just to have a waist that small again. Notice I said almost. πŸ˜‰

  20. I honestly was a bit surprised to hear that you are already 40! you look so young! Guess that’s what you gain with life-long avoiding the sun for pale skin :-)Your skin stays young and fresh!
    I wanna look just as fabulous when I am 40!

  21. You look fabulous in full Romantic Goth fanciness! That skirt is so witchy – very lovely. How do you keep your skin so good? – You look a good 10 years younger than 40!

  22. That corset looks absolutely amazing on you. I love corsets but I’m not sure I could wear a waspie! I especially like the cross-like pendant on the bust of your top. A very nice outfit altogether, as usual.

  23. Girl With a Sword

    AH! I just looked again at these pictures and realized we have the same cross pendant! This makes me absurdly happy πŸ˜‰

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