A corset top definitely makes a sexy statement. But because it's such a bold piece of clothing, it can be tough to figure out what to wear with it. A corset makes an ideal layering piece for an evening out, but you can also dress it down to wear it during the day. The key is pairing it with pieces that add a little more coverage to your look so you don't feel too exposed.

Cover Up

If you want to ease your way into wearing a corset, putting it under a blazer is an ideal option. Go for a bold contrast by pairing a menswear-inspired pinstripe blazer over a lacy white corset and dark-wash skinny jeans. Add black peep-toe pumps and statement earrings like crystal chandeliers or oversize silver hoops to finish off the outfit. Or try an elegant velvet blazer in a striking teal over a black satin corset and a black pencil skirt for a dressed-up look. Strappy silver stilettos and a strand of pearls give the look a chic, sophisticated vibe. You can also swap the blazer for a fitted cardigan for a softer mood. For an edgy twist, pair a satin or lace corset with a leather jacket, distressed denim pencil skirt and motorcycle boots.

Go High

Pairing your corset with high-waisted bottoms is another way to make it more wearable. The high-waist covers the bottom of the corset so you don’t have to worry about your stomach being exposed. Put on a pink velvet corset with a high-waisted satin pencil skirt in delicate pink-and-white floral print for date night. Throw on a pair of navy velvet pumps, a delicate gold pendant necklace and a few gold bangles for a look that’s sexy and stylish. Or wear a simple nude-colored corset with a pair of high-waisted black trousers. Layer an animal print cardigan over the corset and add black heeled ankle boots for a look that’s casual enough to wear during the day.

Short-en Up

It can be tricky to wear a mini-skirt with a corset because your outfit can veer into tacky territory pretty quickly. For a look that’s a little more classy, combine your top with shorts instead of a skirt. In the summer, pair a denim corset with a simple pair of khaki shorts and gladiator sandals for a low-key casual look. Add a straw fedora and aviator sunglasses to really tie the outfit together. For an evening out, wear a red satin corset with tailored black shorts that feature a scalloped hem. Accessorize the outfit with peep-toe black booties and a statement necklace, like a bib style with red and pink stones, to send a bold, sexy message.

Layer Up

While it’s more common to layer items over a corset, you may want to experiment with layering yours over a tee -- it’s an easy way to make a corset more wearable and appropriate for daytime. Put on a black lace corset over your favorite basic white tee. Add a denim mini-skirt, red hoodie and black canvas tennis shoes to finish off the outfit. Or layer a navy corset over a loose-fitting chiffon blouse in blush or peach. Pair it with skinny jeans and knee-high boots for a chic, sophisticated outfit.