bus·​tier | \ ˌbü-stē-ˈā How to pronounce bustier (audio) , ˌbə-, -ˈtyā\

Definition of bustier

: a tight-fitting often strapless top worn as a brassiere or outer garment

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And Angolan beauty Maria Borges served up a red carpet-worthy look in her ivory off-the-shoulder bustier and ruffled skirt. Thomas Delage, Vogue, "Beauties in Brock Collection Gathered for a Meal to Celebrate the Brand's New Capsule Collection," 4 Mar. 2019 Madonna took on her hostess duties wearing a leather hat and bustier that showed off a lacy bra with thigh-high boots. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Madonna Has an Epic Photo Shoot with Kim Kardashian and Cardi B at Her Oscars Party," 6 Mar. 2018 Bella's hot pink look boasted oversized ruffles on each sleeve and a structured bustier-style bodice. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Wears a Bright Pink Romper on the Red Carpet," 3 Oct. 2018 One-shoulder gowns with big exaggerated shoulder bows, bustier and tiered ruffle minidresses, and sweeping pleated gowns completed the trip down memory lane that was a classier street on this outing. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alexandre Vauthier Shows "Super Parisian" Couture Collection," 3 July 2018 Per the photos, Janel opted for black pants and a black bustier paired with a smoky eye. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "The "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" Cast Reunited at Lana Condor's "Deadly Class" Premiere," 4 Jan. 2019 From the neovintage pink bustier dress to the smock white peasant top, these picks will satiate your sartorial appetite as summer winds down. 1. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "6 Off-the-Shoulder Styles You Can Wear On Repeat," 28 July 2014 Two skirts were constructed for the bustier of the second gown, making for an easy transformation for the bride between her reception and after party carnival. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Inside the Dior Atelier for the Making of Chiara Ferragni's 3 Wedding Dresses," 4 Sep. 2018 In addition to the bustier, Ross has created a bolero jacket made from upcycled bandanas, a belt buckle necklace, and lace-up distressed denim pants decorated with cowboy boot–inspired embroidery. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This Denver-Based Designer Is Reimagining Cowboy Fashion for 2018," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of bustier

1978, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bustier

French, from buste

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English Language Learners Definition of bustier

: a tight piece of clothing that covers the upper part of a woman's body and that is worn by itself or under other clothes

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