mallowninja asked: What sorts of corsets (or bustiers, unless those are ALWAYS intended as lingerie) can be worn outside clothing? I really like the visual design of corsets on women (and there are men who can rock it, sure) but I'd rather not seem generic or lazy about character design by just slapping a half-assed thing around her waist and going "there, now she's pretty"
well the thing to remember about character design is that you’re designing interesting, compelling characters that make sense within the context of the universe you’re creating- not necessarily just designing something you like the look of. :) I totally fall into that trap myself (if I had my way everyone would have jodhpurs and epaulettes and hussar jackets), but most of the characters I design at work have no reason to be wearing a visible corset- it goes against their personality, their station, their setting, what have you.
And, from a visual standpoint, I don’t necessarily want all of my costumes having a big band of fabric across the middle! Sometimes you want loose clothing, sometimes you want long, visual lines that continue through an entire garment- it would be like putting every male character you design in a vest.
Obviously everything’s fair game when you’re designing a universe from the ground up, but from a historical standpoint there are a couple of instances where you might see some corset-esque fashion motifs. I was just pointed to this amazing article on The Dreamstress about the differences between corsets and swiss waists/corsetlets, and I couldn’t have said it better myself.