The 90s revival has been done. The high street is so awash with tattoo chokers, slip dresses and high-neck rib tops that a wander into New Look today can leave people born in the 80s short of breath and panicky.
For these people – and we are they – know what’s coming next. We remember. We don’t have the excuse that our parents picked our wardrobes. We, of sound mind, actively chose to confront the new millennium in patchwork denim, tops with one long sleeve and various shades of combat-wear in a heroically failed attempt to look like a member of All Saints. We know what it’s like to embrace scarf crop tops, bakerboy caps, long denim coats and lace-up jeans so low-slung that sitting down or bending over or moving in any way was a total no-go.
Now one of the least stylish decades known to man is being dragged back into the light by the fashion powers that be: the noughties, with an abbreviation as unpalatable as the fashion sense.
Thanks to Zara it’s now possible to quickly and easily get your hands on (drum roll) a corset bag.
Yep, a bag shaped like a corset and decorated to look like a corset.
The trend peaked around 2003/2004 and we’re not entirely sure why, though a quick search of the archives reveals the general trend for underwear as outerwear – especially in the stunning bootcut jean and stiletto combo – went on a lot longer than we remembered back in the day. (Not this author though, who definitely didn’t think showing off a denim bra by wearing a black shirt buttoned only at the waist was an excellent look for the pub.)
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Was it, as hellogiggles.com muses, some kind of nod to 2001’s Moulin Rouge? Did we see celebrities in corsets and think ‘Hey, I wish that were an accessory’?
We don’t know. All we do know is that should you so desire, you can get the leather corset cross-body bag on zara.com for £45.99.
Images: Rex / Zara