>> So again on the Victorian influence I've been feeling: their emphasis on the waistline is really starting to filter its way into my dress. Which is why I've suddenly become obsessed with with these big, wide belts -- corset belts, to be exact. AMA Handmade has some beautiful waist cinchers (left), and from what I can see, ebay has some interesting stock as well. Perfect for feminizing that shirt dress we were talking about the other day.
There's another waist-centric accessory that has been intriguing me -- the bustle. Also Victorian influence, bustles have been in the back of my mind ever since I saw this YSL one in Nylon back in March. I came across this taffeta belt (right) today at Yoox -- kind of a modern-day bustle. I'm really tempted, but I'm not sure it's a $75-down-the-hole type of temptation. I guess I'll just leave it the decision in limbo for a while more.