Social media and ever-changing celebrity trends have changed the face of fashion. From Tiktok influencers like Sammi Jefcoate to Kimin from BTS, the more we see those gothic harnesses that we follow, the more we long for it in our own closets. From gothic subculture to the designer runway, the body harness has worked its’ way into popular fashion. Though they have been commonly spotted on the Golden Globes carpet and at renowned fashion week events, these black body harnesses were first and foremost associated with gothic, steampunk, grunge, and fetish fashion.
Here are some of our top tips on how to enhance and accentuate your figure with a body harness.
The most popular goth harnesses are either made from leather or elasticated materials. Just like the lingeries, both can be fashionable, depending on which part of your body and outfit you want to enhance.Leather harnesses are more sturdy, creating shape and dimension. Wear on top of oversized clothing like t-shirts and dresses to add dimension. Equally, a leather body harness can also make an accentuated frame even more defined. Wear over figure-hugging clothing such as a bodycon dress. A body harness with a fastening at the waist will create an hourglass figure. Harnesses often have intricate or unique details, designed to make a statement and be seen.
Elastic Goth Harnesses
Elastic harnesses have more stretch and comfortability to them, so are better suited to being worn directly against the skin and under clothes. Espeacially with your sunglasses, these harnesses look stylish underneath tight, form-fitting clothing such as tank tops and bodycon dresses. Wearing an elastic goth harness underneath your clothing will draw attention to the decolletage area with the power to completely transform your look. Worn with a backless dress for instance this could be a show-stopping look. A black body harness like this is often known as a cage bra or bralette and can be a fashionable way to display an alternative form of lingerie.
Arm & Shoulder Body Harnesses
This type of body harness and corsets are normally worn around the upper arms and is generally crafted from a chain or hammered metals. With steampunk and gothic subculture influences, these goth harnesses have been favored by alternative fashionistas for years. In the early years, these were often fashioned out of used leather with buckles, chains, and other added detailing to give a striking effect. In this way these black body harnesses can even be classed as jewelry, giving much more of a statement than a simple arm bangle. Wear over sleeveless clothing to accentuate arms and shoulders. Smaller, thinner, and cropped tops work well since they give more skin for the harness to adorn and enhance.
Thigh and Leg Harnesses
A harness or strap worn around the thigh, this form of goth harness can accentuate the legs and draw attention away from unwanted areas for added confidence. The lower body becomes seductive so creating a look that can be worn with many different clothes. These can be worn over knee-high socks, tights, or bare legs. Other options include over jeans or underneath a dress or skirt. No matter the choice, the resulting look is one of seduction and enhancement.
Now that you know exactly how to style a body harness, head to GOTHBB store to find the perfect one for you.