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How to Wear the Body-Con Trend


Body con skirt and dress trend at herve leger
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Short for “body conscious” (think super tight bandage style dresses, Hérve Léger, etc.), body-con is a huge trend for fall.

From skintight pencil skirts (or bodycon skirts) to figure-hugging dresses and even form-fitting high-waisted jeans, the body-con silhouette will have you showing off your shape if you choose to partake this season.

But how do you wear it? Will it be flattering? How can you keep your look sultry, not trashy? Are there cute pieces out there that don’t come with a Hérve Léger price tag? Read on, chicas! I’ll let you know.

General Body-Con Tips:

  • Don’t be afraid! The thought of tight, figure-hugging clothing probably inspires fear in the majority of women, but it shouldn’t! Most body-con pieces are actually pretty flattering, due to the fact that they suck you in, smoothing out your shape. Still self-conscious? Try wearing Spanx (Jessica Alba swears by ‘em) or even high-waisted sheer footless tights under anything you feel is too tight or short.
  • Play with proportions. As I’ve stressed in previous articles, if you’re wearing a tight item of clothing, it’s a good rule to balance it out with an item that’s not as form fitting. Wearing a tight skirt? Try a colorful, loose-fitting tank tank top for balance.
  • Choose what to showcase. Sure, a tight bandage dress is a great option for a night at the club, but it’s not for every day! For normal wear, it’s best to decide what assets to flaunt and cover the rest! Example: if you’re wearing tight, high-waisted jeans, put on a short sleeved turtleneck! That way, you flaunt your legs and butt, but keep the cleavage under wraps for a classy look.
  • Go dark. Because these styles are so form fitting, it’s best to opt for a dark color if you’re feeling at all shy about showing your shape. Black, dark gray, brown, navy, and even deep purples and reds are all great color choices for body-con pieces.
  • Pick your pairings wisely. What you wear with your body-con is almost as important as the body-con item itself! For city chic looks, pair body-con dresses with bombers, boyfriend blazers, or jean jackets. If you’re doing the body-con thing in the AM (or any in-class hours!) choose conservative shoes–think ballet flats or boots. Even your accessories can provide some needed coverage, so go ahead and pull out your scarf from last fall! It’s all about striking a balance between showing off your hot bod and keeping it classy.

Outfit Inspiration:

Body-Con Look 1:

Outfit idea for wearing the body con trend

This is a great, sophisticated interpretation of the body-con trend, without the typical bandage details. Inspired by a look Kim Kardashian wore earlier in the year, dark high-waisted jeans and a waist-cinching skinny belt provide a hint of the body-con trend, while the ruffled top keeps you appropriately covered up.

Product Information: 7 For All Mankind High Waist Bootcut Jeans, Full Tilt Batwing Top, Tillys. Black patent waist belt, Dorothy Perkins. Faux Suede Peep Toe Zipper Side Booties, Patent zipper clutch, Aldo.

Body-Con Look 2:

How to wear bodycon styles

A black bodycon skirt is a must-have item this season. So functional! So versatile! While this skirt would look great with a tank top and heels at a party, this outfit provides a look at how it can be worn casually. Tuck your favorite v-neck (plain or printed) into your skirt, throw on a long sweater, and slip into some flats for a look that is comfortable, yet totally chic.

Product Information: Bandage skirt, Forever 21. Zebra Stripe Burnout Top, Buckle. Deep V cardigan, American Eagle. Chain Detail Pumps, Dorothy Perkins.

Body-Con Look 3:

Try the body con trend at a party

This dress is a hot pick for a special night out, and it’s under $100! The snug fit and short hemline will definitely show off your curves! Pull out all the stops with leg-elongating nude heels and fun costume jewelry. For a more conservative spin, you could also wear the dress with sheer black tights, a cropped cardigan, and a pair of pretty flats.

Product Information: Cross Front Bandage Dress, Metropark. Ranjana Khan Simulated Pearl and Crystal Bib Necklace, Dolce Vita Madison Pumps, Zappos. Amethyst and Smokey Topaz Rings, Oversized faceted cocktail ring, ASOS.

What Do You Think?

Have you braved the body-con trend yet? If so, how do you wear it? If you haven’t tried the trend yet, are you going to pick up a bandage skirt or dress for fall? Let everyone know what you think — leave a comment!

Posted on on September 29, 2009 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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45 Responses to “How to Wear the Body-Con Trend”

  1. 1
    September 29th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    love this trend! im buying that full tilt batwing shirt right nowww!

  2. 2
    September 29th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    ps i know the shirt im buying isnt body con, but im in love with bodycon penil skirts right chic!

  3. 3
    September 29th, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I actually like this trend. Its a great way to show of your figure, which I hear men love lol.
    I love the outfits you put together. They are way too cute.

  4. 4
    September 29th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    P.S. if worried with any flaws….spanx slip under the dress and skirt, or lipo in a box thong style body suit under high waist jeans can help smooth out anything u might be afraid of. I love the bodycon look and use it with a few of my peices for fall, but it olny looks truly great if the lines underneath are smooth, but bumpy. :) Just a thought.

  5. 5
    September 29th, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    ** NOT bumpy, I ment to say…lol

  6. 6
    September 29th, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    I love my magenta pencil skirt from H&M. The first outfit is beautiful. I have a pair of curvy round the thighs mid rise (don’t like high) bootcut jeans and I love to wear it with a black sweater, very classy and pretty.

  7. 7
    September 29th, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I’m getting kinda into this trend actually! Maybe I’ll go for the pencil skirt from Forever21…thanks for a great post! I love it how you always emphasize the fact that women should be proud of their curves =)

  8. 8
    September 29th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Sweet, I’ve been waiting for this article!

    Thanks for the outfit ideas.

  9. 9
    September 29th, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    i love this trend. outfit 1 is a cute way to slowly get into the trend

  10. 10
    September 29th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    I love the body con skirt with a baggier tee! When I was in London this summer all the strores were selling really bright colored bandage dresses– i’m kicking myself for not picking one up!

  11. 11
    September 30th, 2009 at 3:35 am

    I love this trend! I’m very conscious with my body shape but when I tried a skirt like in the #2 outfit inspiration (but the color is gold), it absolutely flatters my body shape and I feel so confident! I love this trend!

  12. 12
    September 30th, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Hey I love your site every time you come up with great stuff.. I Like Body-Con Look 2: superb pattern thanks for sharing it keep it up :)

  13. 13
    September 30th, 2009 at 6:14 am

    How do I wear high-heels to school ?
    You suggest lots of outfits that include high heels, and I always think they’re amazing. But how can I wear heels to school (that means being classy & fashionable) without feeling uncomfortable or making a faux pas ?
    Thank you !

  14. 14
    September 30th, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    I just got a bandage skirt in grey, and I’m about to wear it today just like the first outfit you suggested. Thanks for the inspiration! I don’t think anyone should be afraid to try this trend. I was convinced it wouldn’t look good on me, because I have hips, but the skirt was surprisingly flattering!

  15. 15
    September 30th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I’m pretty sue I’ve always worn this trend. While I do have some looser items, I love my curves and I love to show them off. Most of my clothes are form-fitting, and I like it that way

  16. 16
    September 30th, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I really love how in your posts you show how to blend the trends slowly into a more conservative wardrobe! It’s a really nice touch, also how the influence of the trend increases with your examples. Really helpful, thank you! :D

  17. 17
    September 30th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    i love this trend but i would have no where to wear it. =[ are you girls going to be doing a post on winter/rain boots. (stuff you can actually wear in bad weather!)?

  18. 18
    October 1st, 2009 at 12:49 am

    I really love this trend. Body con skirt is my favorite and body con tips are great.

  19. 19
    October 4th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I love this trend but I am jut going to have to break down and go in for major tailoring again, because I cannot find a pencil skirt that actually fits me! When I get the waist to fit, they are downright immodest around my hips, and I think ANY type of underwear would have pantylines, but, if they fit my hips closely-but-nicely, then I can stick my fngers down the waist! Help for the defined hourglass figure and the pencil skirt, s’il vous plait!

  20. 20
    November 23rd, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Omg i really want a body con skirt ! i think it will look vintage with a belt vest and stellettos x

  21. 21
    July 7th, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    body-con is short for body CONDOM, because it hugs your body.
    that’s just how it makes you feel,
    if you DON’T have the body type to be wearing one.


  22. 22
    July 25th, 2010 at 8:43 am

    i love bandage skirts and recently, body con dresses <3

  23. 23
    July 31st, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    I am so excited to try this trend- I recently bought 2 bandage skirts for school, and this is sooo my style. Great article!

  24. 24
    August 28th, 2010 at 5:37 am

    as much as i like to experiment with trends, i fear that this one is not for me cos i am apple shaped! but i mean testing clothes are free right? so il find out when i get to the store if its a total do or no-no for me!

  25. 25
    August 9th, 2011 at 5:27 am

    All i wear is body con dresses! But mine are not bandage ones, i like the thin fabrick ones, but how do i stop them from stretching?

  26. 26
    September 11th, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Oh, I just bought this strawberry milk pink quarter sleeve crop top and a light gray body-con skirt from Forever21.
    I absolutely love the combination. _<

  27. 27
    October 22nd, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I really want to buy some of the body con skirts but not exactly sure where to buy any

  28. 28
    December 6th, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    i want that black shirt but i can’t find it on the website! :( help?

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