In conjunction with my last outfit post, I rounded up the best of the harness and harness-like garments currently on the market. I think most people are afraid to wear harnesses as outerwear due to their “kink” taboo, but I predict that they’ll become as mainstream as polka dots soon enough. All it takes is one big commercial vendor to start making them en masse and voila, a trend is inevitable. But for now, you can be the trendsetter. It’s not easy to hunt down fashionable harnesses, so I put together this style guide of pieces that are perfect for both virgin harness wearers and harness veterans. When worn as outerwear, these pieces are unique, intriguing and simply gorgeous.
Out of all of the body pieces I found, this body chain by Dreams of Norway is my favorite. It’s so enchanting and ethereal, you might just grow fairy wings and fly away.
How to style it: The quartz would look phenomenal against a plain dress or top, white or black, preferably fitted through the torso. Anything busier than that and the delicate chains may get lost in the mix, and they deserve to be out on display!
This badass leather number is the closest harness I could find to my Aiko waistcoat. When compared to Fleet Ilya’s other selections, it’s one of the more gentle and feminine options. It’s dominatrix-y without being too kinky, which I think makes for a great first outerwear harness.
How to style it: This would look amazing with almost anything – tees and jeans, skirt and blouse… embrace the versatility!
This waistcoat by Made by Niki is a little more on the daring side! The fringe adds another layer of funk to your ensemble and can be worn in a multitude of ways.
How to style it: I’m envisioning two entirely different looks: flapper-esque and punk. Both require red lipstick.
This bustier by chromat stood out from the designer’s collection of bold and beautiful wearable “structures.” I’ve never seen a bustier with a zipper in front, but I love how it’s slightly reminiscent of a leather jacket or vest.
How to style it: It does look quite stunning as pictured; over a simple, form fitting dress. I think it would look fantastic worn over just about any color, especially white or this summer’s on-trend neon brights with a fitted dress or top.