With burlesque hitting movie screens the world over and classes popping up in thousands of cities worldwide, there has never been a better time to get involved with the wonderful world of burlesque. It doesn't take much. A cheeky pout and an open mind will go a long way, whether you just want to dip a toe into the water or dive right in. The greatest burlesque performers can make more or less anything sexy. We're pretty sure Dita von Teese could set a house on fire with nothing more than an old sack and a pair of tennis shoes to work with but for the rest of us a good burlesque costume is very helpful. It'll not only look great but also get you in the right frame of mind. Feeling sexy is the first step towards looking sexy. Most burlesque costumes start with a corset. Some of the more risqué end with a corset too, but don't underestimate the value of accessories. A fascinator is great for that sophisticated yet cheeky vintage look, and the more you put on, the more you can take off. Everything you wear is a prop first and a garment second. Bits and pieces can be waved, waggled, stroked, or removed and tossed into the audience. We recommend picking a corset first, then adding matching burlesque clothing and accessories until you've got the look you want. If you think silk stockings might work for you (and you're almost certainly right, by the way) make sure to choose a corset with suspender loops for easy attachment.