Body-Con Dresses (107)

What is a “body-con” dress?

Body-con is short for “body conscious,” and refers to a style of dress that hugs the body from top to bottom, emphasizing a woman’s curves. body-con dresses are usually skintight and range in length from mini to midi.

Where did the body-con trend come from?

Though Herve Leger popularized the body-con style in the 1990s with his “bandage” dress, iterations of the body-con have been around for decades. Stars like Marilyn Monroe wore figure hugging sheath dresses in the 1950s, and even though attitudes and clothing loosened up a bit in the 1960s and 1970s, look to Mad Men to see the silhouette on full display. The sexy body-con dress was a major hit of the 1980s, thanks to the slim fit designs of Azzedine Alaia.

Where does a body-con dress belong?

A body-con dress can easily function as a cocktail or party dress. Its figure revealing cut is better suited to festive and social occasions, than say, the office. A mini body-con dress is perfect for a night out, and is a great vacation wardrobe staple (Hello, Vegas!). A longer body-con dress, with detail like a flounced hem, or lace overlay, is appropriate for weddings and semi-formal events.

How should a body-con dress be styled?

The body-con dress pretty much speaks for itself, so it’s best not to over-accessorize, lest you detract from the body contouring that makes the body-con style unique. A body-con dress outfit definitely calls for a heel or wedge, a small evening bag, and statement jewelry. While you can find body-con dresses in sleeveless, short sleeved, and long sleeved styles, you’ll notice that dresses are usually monochromatic, perhaps playing with cutouts, texture or other embellishment.

Worth a try?

With the variety of colors, lengths, and styles available, most women can find a body-con that works. Shapewear can help create smooth lines if you’re worried about being too exposed. And if you want something more tailored and slightly more forgiving, try a classic sheath dress instead.

 

Shop the body-con trend on sale from designers like French Connection, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Topshop, and BCBG.

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Lulu Body-Con Dress
French Connection
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'Lula' Stretch Body-Con Dress
French Connection
$158.00 $94.80
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Aurore Body-Con Dress
French Connection
$148.00 $88.80
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$295.00 $197.65
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$98.00 $58.80
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Sequin Body-Con Dress
Vince Camuto
$168.00 $100.80
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$295.00 $176.98
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Sequin Body-Con Dress
Vince Camuto
$188.00 $112.80
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$178.00
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Body-Con Knit Maxi Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
$468.00 $187.20
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$355.00 $142.00
from Theory
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$129.00
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$48.00
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Rope Twist Body-Con Dress
MICHAEL Michael Kors
$98.00
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$98.00
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Ribbed Circle Trim Body-Con Dress
MICHAEL Michael Kors
$110.00
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$134.00
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$38.00
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Keyhole Body-Con Dress
Michael Stars
$88.00
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$195.00
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$128.00
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$118.00
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$415.00
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$198.00
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$60.00
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Sutter Body-Con Dress
cupcakes and cashmere
$130.00
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Rosario Jersey Body-Con Dress
French Connection
$138.00
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$178.00
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Solar Spotlight Body-Con Dress
French Connection
$198.00
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Keyhole Body-Con Dress
Michael Stars
$88.00
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$98.00 $58.80
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Twist Back Jersey Body-Con Dress
Laundry by Shelli Segal
$195.00
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$195.00
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$348.00
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