bus·tier | \ ˌbüs-tē-ˈā , ˌbəs- , -ˈtyā \

Definition of bustier 

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

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Aniston paired the bustier with formal shorts, giving her entire outfit a sort of deconstructed tux feel. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Jennifer Aniston Wears a Strapless Tux — and What's That On Her Back?," 17 Apr. 2013 But halfway through the video, things take a decidedly wicked turn, and Cardi reappears as a vengeful lady in a black bustier and jacket, unabashedly calling the shots at her philandering husband's funeral. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Cardi B Goes Platinum Blonde—then Pink—In her New Kill Bill-Inspired Music Video," 21 May 2018 As for the rest of her look that didn’t involve futuristic car parts, the vibe was gothic (and slightly vampiric) thanks to the embossed white bustier, sheer arms, high-low tulle skirt and platform thigh-high boots. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Grimes? Here's What to Know About the Musician Reportedly Dating Elon Musk," 9 May 2018 Head to the Theater at the Ace Hotel for this steamy (18+) parody show, which drops characters from George Lucas’ classic films into a world full of bustiers and garter belts. Marielle Wakim, Los Angeles Magazine, "The 6 Best Things to Do in L.A. This Weekend, Hands Down," 31 May 2018 Hitting the Billboard Music Awards red carpet, the 37-year-old actress turned heads in her black strapless leather bustier Zuhair Murad dress featuring fringe detail. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Jenna Dewan Rocks Chin-Length Bob at Billboard Music Awards After Chopping Off Her Hair," 20 May 2018 The two women were front and center when the adult film star hit the stage at 11 p.m., clad in a blue-and-white-starred bustier and long red skirt. Eder Campuzano, OregonLive.com, "Stormy Daniels in Portland: 'I hope she nails him'," 20 May 2018 Decked in a strapless lace bustier dress and draped in Chanel pearls, Cabello jammed along to her song with a guitar. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Camila Cabello Performs 'Never Be The Same' on 'Ellen': Watch," 21 Mar. 2018 The reference seemed undeniable, as Lively's hair was brushed to frizzy perfection with a deep side part—all the better to show off her exaggerated hoops and pared-down black bustier dress with spaghetti straps (also quintessential Carrie). Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Blake Lively Steps Out with a New Lion's Mane of Curls in Los Angeles," 14 Mar. 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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: 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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