Thursday, 4 June 2015

What Is Steampunk

What is Steampunk?

Steampunk is often referred to as the “greatest era that never was.” Set in the late 19th century, it encompasses all of the romanticism of the Victorian Era. Steampunk Clothing is becoming increasingly popular worldwide and The Burlesque Boutique stocks both men and womens Steampunk Clothing and Outfits. Steampunk has elements of Burlesque and Gothic with the corset being one of the main parts of your costume.
Coluors are commonly neutral, browns, blacks, creams and gold/bronze. Outfits are often put together by at least one prominent accessory, such as goggles, parasols, top hats.

A typical Steampunk costume is usually a dress or skirt again earthy neutral colours complete with a lacy petticoat or bloomers/pantaloons teamed with a Steampunk style corset either overbust or under-bust, and some sort of Steampunk headwear, often a small, feminine top hat or a floral pin. 

Outerwear often includes riding jackets, flight jackets, and carriage coats. Elegant gloves are a also common sight for any Steampunk Lady!
We really hope this little blog will help you choose your Steampunk Outfit and gives you a bit of a heads up on the awesome Steampunk Look!
Classic example of a Steampunk Carriage Coat

Steampunk Welding or a Aviator googles play a very popular part to complete your Costume.

Steampunk Dress with elements of Gothic Dress!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Steampunk Clothing

We have had a very busy week here at The Burlesque Boutique loading the NEW most amazing range of Steampunk Clothing. With the Steampunk fashion becoming increasingly popular in the UK we thought it was about time we treated our lovely customers to some awesome Steampunk goodies!

Our range of Steampunk Dresses are just to die for ranging from heavy brocades to lace dip hem dresses. Dip hem dresses generally are shorter at the front and have a cascading tail back to give almost a Saloon Girl look. Team one of our steampunk dresses up with a top hat with veil or Stovepipe hat and a pair of Steampunk boots!

We love this alternative look and am sure you will to? Browse through our shop to see a huge range of other Steampunk and accessories for both Ladies and Gents!

Don't you think the Steampunk Hot Air Balloon Dolly Dress is just totally awesome? see the rest of our 'Hot Air Balloon' range of clothing in store

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Moulin Rouge Hen Night Costumes

It's officially the start of the 'Wedding' season and we are busy working on lots of dresses to make the lovely hens and her friends look totally gorgeous ;) Burlesque theme hen nights are getting more and more popular. The Burlesque bride look normally consists of a white feather or net costume with white accessories such as gloves, stockings and fascinator or cute little mini top hat. This look is totally sexy but also very classy!

Moulin rouge themed hen nights are equally as popular and has pretty much the same look as burlesque but maybe a little more 'showgirly'!! maybe an ostrich feather in the hair instead of the mini top hat.

The next theme which is always a winner and an excuse for being totally over the top is 'Big fat gypsy wedding' for a big fat gypsy wedding costume it has to be a vibrant coloured costume normally hot pinks and turquoise our Petunia feather dress is perfect for this theme finished with some 'BIG' jewellery.

Enjoy organising and planning your hen night after all it is an extremely exciting time ;)


Burlesque Corset

The Corset!

The Corset?  Well so much to say about this beautiful garment. Corsets date back since the 16th century and were made by a 'corset maker' or 'corsetier' to fit the 'individuals' body to hold and shape the torso for medical purposes. In the modern world now they are classed as a beautiful fashion garment whether it will be worn as burlesque clothing or very popular currently as part of a Moulin Rouge costume inspired by Christina Aguilera costume in the film Moulin Rouge and Burlesque! Burlesque corsets are made to emphasize a curvy figure and at the same time reduce the waist. 

All our Steel Boned Burlesque Corsets have suspender loops and a modesty panel and we use silk cording to lace rather than ribbon so this makes the lacing easier to pull in for a nice tight fit to give you that hour glass figure we all crave!

Steel boned corsets should not be confused with 'vinyl boning' as these are hard plastic bones and are generally classed as fashion corsets perfect for burlesque fancy dress but do also still look fab for their price!


There is a slight art to how to put a corset on!

* Make sure your corset is the right way up!! normally the suspender loops will give an indication of this.
* Undo lacing at the back enough to get the corset around you and make sure the modesty panel is flat.
* Start to fasten the clips at the front starting from the middle, the top and bottom clips should then clip easily into place!
* Start pulling in the lacing at the back away from your body until you reach your desired tightness around your waist and bust. Do not pull too tight if this is the first time you have worn a corset! You can tighten as you get more used to wearing it.

Friday, 23 January 2015

Burlesque Hen Night Costumes

It's that time of year coming up! 

Proposals at Christmas so now planning wedding right? 

Hen Night planning is just as exciting!! Burlesque Hen Nights are extremely popular and you will definately stand out from the crowd in one of our costumes wink emoticon 

Think feathers, colour and frilly knickers for the perfect moulin rouge costume or the ultimate showgirl costume especially if your hen night theme is Las Vegas.

For the more sultry burlesquel ook go for a fabulous #burlesquecorsets with a beautiful bustle to compliment it! Here are just a few we have done. xx

Monday, 16 June 2014

How To Get The Rockabilly Look!

If you love the figure-hugging dresses and leopard print sweaters of the rockabilly look, read on to find out how to achieve the style.

Rockabilly was one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music which emerged in the 1950s, and has seen several revivals since, most notably in the 1980s. In terms of fashion, the rockabilly genre was somewhat of a rebellion of the buttoned-up, conservative look of the late 1940s. Girls tended to dress in full-skirt dresses, with low heeled shoes, and ponytails. However, those with economic and social backgrounds that allowed a little more leeway with regards to rebellion took rockabilly to its limit, with girls choosing pencil skirts, tight sweaters, and stiletto heels to show off their naughty side.
The full skirts, pencil skirts, figure-hugging dresses, and tight sweaters of the 1950s are what influenced the rockabilly fashion as we know and love it today. If you’ve admired the look for a while and decided to give it a go, here are a few tips to ease you into the rockabilly look...

The Hair
When creating a rockabilly look, one of the easiest things to begin with is your hair. In terms of colour most things work with a rockabilly look, but many women seem to favour black, bright red, or bleached blonde hair. As for style, curls are always a winner so invest in some rollers, a curling iron, and a lot of hairspray. Use the rollers to create victory rolls (search Google for tutorials), have a think, straight fringe cut in, curl your hair, and adorn it with a flower or a cute headscarf tied in a bow.

The Makeup
The rockabilly look is fairly simple to achieve if you know your way around a makeup bag. Start by creating a flawless base with primer, foundation, and concealer. Add a small amount of blush to give your face a little colour, and seal your base with loose of pressed powder. The rockabilly look is all about the eyes and lips. Apply black eyeliner and flick it up at the edges to make your eyes look big and sultry, then give your lashes a coat of black mascara, and finish the look off with bright lipstick.

The Clothes

If you’re not ready to go full rockabilly yet then you can add accents of the style by wearing a top in a rockabilly retro style print. For example leopard print, polka dots, cherry print, gingham, and tattoo print are all favoured by rockabilly girls. Styles such as halter-neck tops and shirts that tie at the waist will look great. Team your rockabilly print top or rockabilly corset with cropped jeans, and when you’re feeling braver, a rockabilly 1950's pencil skirt or a full swing skirt or dress, with a pair of stilettos to finish the look off.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

The advantages of wearing a corset

Here at The Burlesque Boutique we love our corsets and have corsets in almost every colour you can imagine! We stock plastic boned fashion corsets for beginners and those just looking for a Moulin Rouge fancy dress outfit, and we also stock steel boned corsets for those who want a high quality corset that can be used for waist training. Did you know there are a great number of physical and mental benefits to wearing a corset? The full breakdown can be found on the Lucy’s Corsetry blog but we’ve picked out our favourites here...

·       Corsets are good for posture and back problems: Corsets can help to minimise back pain by correcting posture. They are often used to help people who have experienced slipped discs, vertebral fractures, and those who suffer from autoimmune disorders such as fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis. They promote good posture and prevent the back pain that is associated by sitting in a slouched or hunched position for too long.

·       Corsets can help with menstrual cramps: Many women who suffer from painful menstrual cramps each month experience temporary relief by lying in the foetal position, which puts a little pressure on the peritoneal organs and alleviates the pain a little. Wearing a corset during a period mimics the foetal position technique by exerting pressure on the same organs and reducing uterine contractions.

·       Corsets can be a good weight loss tool: Wearing a corset acts as a sort of external gastric band as it does not allow for very much in the way of expansion around the stomach area. Whilst wearing a corset you’ll find that you consume smaller portions of food to avoid uncomfortable bloating. Seeing your slimmer figure whilst wearing a corset can also spur you on to eat healthily and exercise to achieve a slimmer figure for real.

·       Corsets act as armour: Wearing a corset can make you feel as though you’re wearing armour that separates you from the outside world and protects you from harm. If you’ve suffered from low self-esteem or been abused in the past a corset can give you the emotional strength to face people without feeling as vulnerable or exposed. The rigidity of a corset can make you feel as though there is more structure in your life, helping you to feel more in control of things. A corset will also boost your self-esteem too as you’ll look and feel amazing wearing it!