The bodycon dress is undoubtedly one of those things we have a love-hate relationship with. Short for “body conscious,” these dresses are the go-to trend to when it comes to dressing up for a party or big night out on the town, but how do you pull one off?
Prep step. Confidence is key, but a little extra help never hurts! When it comes to figure-hugging silhouettes, Spanx is your best friend. Slip on some shapewear underneath your dress to smooth out any insecurities. Tights are your second-best option. Aside from providing a safeguard against flashing someone every time you bend over, dark high-rise pantyhose can more often than not be a chic complement to your dress. Keep it party-appropriate with sheer black, fishnet, or dark patterns.
Bring out your best. Style and cut are crucial when it comes to picking a bodycon dress that accentuates all your best features. That being said, don’t be afraid to show off what yo momma gave ya! Be proud of your curves and try a bandage dress – the material is extra-forgiving and hugs in all the right places. Go bright with this mint green one or sultry with this purple one. If you have a more streamline figure, use details like bold lines, ruching, embroidery and cutouts to your advantage. Long-sleeve and one-shoulder dresses tend to be pretty universally flattering styles as well.
Color matters. Dark tones always come highly recommended, but take it up a notch and try a metallic bodycon! Sequins will make you look and feel extra glamorous and there are tons of stunning color and pattern options to try, like this black-and-gold chevron and shimmery turquoise. All-over print bodycon dresses are another fun, standout style – plus, they have a more casual feel so you can easily wear them in the daytime. Lazy Oaf and Bless’ed are the Meek have some rad prints you should check out.
Outerwear. No one will think less of your dress if not every inch of it is on display – if you’d rather err on the side of subtle mystery and/or want to balance out the short-and-tight factor, wear your bodycon dress with a cute blazer, leather jacket or cardigan. The Chictopia Shop has some great options to choose from, including this metallic leather jacket and hot pink blazer (both of which you can easily pair with a classic black bodycon) and this awesome vegan leather chiffon moto vest.