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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There are slip dresses with a slight bustier top as well as easy-wear pants and off-the-shoulder tops in zebra prints. Kavita Daswani, latimes.com, "Sun Becomes Her label offers new women’s styles fit for summer," 5 June 2019 Her reception gown featured a sheer bustier top with pearl detailing and a full skirt. Neha Prakash, Glamour, "Gina Rodriguez Wore Not One, But Two Gorgeous Wedding Dresses," 6 May 2019 Selena Gomez made a rare red carpet appearance at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival wearing a Louis Vuitton silky bustier top and matching skirt with a leg slit. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Stuns in a Silky Louis Vuitton Look on the Cannes Red Carpet," 14 May 2019 After walking the red carpet, Hailee made a quick change, this time opting for a metallic bustier and matching pants for an empowering talk and acoustic performance. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailee Steinfeld Wears a Button-Down Shirt Dress on the Post-it Red Carpet in New York," 24 July 2018 Makeup artist Hung Vanngo posted a photo and a video of Bella Hadid's look, which featured a full-on denim bustier. Glamour, "These Photos From Gigi Hadid’s Denim-Themed Birthday Party Are a Delight," 23 Apr. 2019 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

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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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