Style

 In BUST's Fashion Nation series, we talk to women about their personal style.  Janeth GondaBUST Event Planner and MusicianBrooklyn, NY   Tell me about this outfit.This is one of my favorite shirts. I love how sexy it is, revealing yet mysterious. I really like how much it makes me feel like a woman. I’m just starting to become in tune with my body, my age, and my womanhood. How would you describe your personal style?Definitely gothic and sleek. I like to wear a lot of lace, a lot of...
  Bindle & Keep crafts dashing bespoke suits that make their customers look on the outside how they feel on the inside. The company’s inclusive, highly individualized approach to fashion has made Bindle & Keep a popular choice for queer and trans folks. To further its mission of clothing all bodies to feel like their best selves, the company is currently providing pro bono suits to wrongfully incarcerated individuals freed with the assistance of the Innocence Project. The suits help those like Carlos Sanchez, who was...
  The silhouette of women’s gowns changed a great deal over the course of the 19th century. Side-by-side, it's easy to notice the difference between an early Regency gown with an empire waist, and a late-Victorian dress with a bustle. But it is harder to pinpoint the differences in style during the transitional decades, the 1820s, 1830s, and 1870s, for instance. With that in mind, I present you with a decade-by-decade visual guide to silk gowns as they evolved during the 19th century. *All of the images...
Though Victorians can be credited with helping to popularize—and commercialize—Valentine’s Day, when it comes to holiday fashions, their contribution to history is somewhat lackluster. There were no heart-printed gowns or heart-shaped hats. Instead, as noted in an 1880 edition of the Staffordshire Sentinel, ladies were encouraged to don “something pretty and useful.” In 1880, the most popular variety of that “something” was a richly ornamented fan.Victorian fans were accessories of great beauty. Most often paired with an evening dress, they could be made to match...
  In our February/March 2018 "Booty Call" feature, editor Callie Watts picks loungewear that will make you a real lady of leisure. From frilly robes to ultra-soft pajamas, luxe loungewear will make you want to put yourself on house arrest. Sleeping Beauty Mask, $12, bustboobtique.comAdult Carnation Pink Scales mermaid tail blanket, $76.66, cozymermaids.com Love Letters Shelf Bra Gown, $88, eberjey.com Ultra Soft Plaid Pajama Set, $128, plush-apparel.com Velour Ballerina Slippers, €25.99, oysho.com   Top photo: Deluxe Chiffon Dressing Gown, $199, ravenbombshell.etsy.com, photo by Kimmi Lynn/Gem City Photography This article originally appeared in the February/March 2018 print...
To celebrate the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we gathered the founders and friends of #ShoutYourAbortion to model some fierce looks for our February/March 2018 print issue. Photographed by Tawni BannisterStyled by Katie James and Amelia Bonow // Hair by Siobhan BensonMakeup by Claudia Lake @ Contact NYC Using C. Lake OrganicsEssay by Amelia Bonow  Roe v. Wade—the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion—turns 45 this year, and abortion has been a part of women’s lives since the dawn of time. But in spite of the...
“As the basket was padded and lined with satin, and bedizened with fringe and ribbons, pussy did not object to being a prisoner therein, and to being placed on the lady’s bustle as a pack.” —Truth, 1887 During the mid-1880s, the silhouette of women’s gowns was characterized by the size and shape of the bustle or “dress improver.” Unlike the more moderate-sized dress improvers of the 1870s, the bustle of the 1880s was—at its most extreme—large, protruding, and shelf-like. For fashionable ladies with cats, it provided a...
    Who doesn’t love a wedding? Trick question! Everyone does. There’s cake, booze and tons of stuff to secretly judge (we all do, it's fine!). Sadly, though, there are also dull great-aunts, too-long speeches, and the simple truth that wearing heels for more than three hours is basically torture. And that, my friends, is why a Royal Wedding is the best kind of wedding. You can not so secretly judge away at every little detail, free from guilt and any form of shoe-based pain. THE DREAM. So in that...

“Light or fancy needlework often forms a portion of the evening’s recreation for the ladies of the household…”  — Beeton’s Book of Household Management, 1861. During the 19th century, women were rarely idle in their spare moments. Many preferred instead to occupy themselves with a bit of sewing.  This sewing generally fell into two broad categories: plain work and fancy work. Plain work was used to make or mend simple articles of clothing., while fancy work—which included knitting, crochet, and embroidery—was used in a more decorative...

    From our December/January 2018 issue, Stephanie J. shares her "good stuff." This month, she's chosen 9 cheerful buys to help brighten up your winter.   Add a little lunar shine to your room.  BRASS MOON GARLAND, $58, POKETO.COM Get gardening  indoors, even if it’s snowing outside. MINI HAND-PAINTED HANGING PLANTERS, $28 each, SEAANDASTERS.ETSY.COM Light your fire with matchboxes handmade by a female-owned and operated studio.  CERAMIC STRIPED MATCHBOXES, $32 each, CONNECTEDGOODS.COM   Kick back on a fair trade Moroccan pouf. TAN LEATHER POUF—MOROCCAN HANDMADE FOOTSTOOL, $120 CAD (APPROX. $95 USD), BABASOUK.CASet the scene with a traditional Turkish...