A bodycon dress can help you make a statement and is an easy and an obvious choice when running late for a night out. What makes it unique is its shape and the ability to give bodies the required structure. The bodycon dress gained popularity in the 1990s when luxury fashion label Herve Leger invented what was called ‘the bender’ dress, commonly called a bandage dress. There is no definite date or an individual who invented the bodycon but ever since the 1920s, there have been different interpretations of it.
Miranda Kerr in a bodycon dress
Looking Back - The bodycon style dates back to the ancient Egyptian Kalasiris dress (slim-fitting dresses worn by women of ancient Egypt). In the 1920s, bodycon dresses were frowned upon since they signified rebellion against the floor-sweeping gowns of the time. From 1930s to the 1970s, the bodycon emerged as an insignia of uber-glamorous fashion. From Hollywood’s elite to ‘haute’ socialites, anyone significant in fashion circles was spotted in a bodycon dress. Then came the 1980s when the legendary designer Azzedine Alaia designed his famous bandage dress. Often referred to as the original ‘King of Cling’Alaia helped a number of women fit in his bodycon dresses. Another major designer who can be credited with contributing to the bodycon style is Paco Rabanne, who created his famous chainmail dresses in a similar style.
Nicole Scherzinger in a bodycon dress
Style it to Perfection- Bodycon dresses are best suited for women with an hourglass and toned figure. It clings to curves and helps accentuates their shape. Bodycons are the perfect choice for a night out. Opt for geometric one-piece necklaces and cuffs. Avoid going for elaborate or intricate neckpieces and earrings. Don’t forget to pick up a sexy clutch. Keep accessories minimal and let that dress do the talking. Shoes can be a little tricky; we do not recommend ankle boots. Instead go for sleek sandals or block heels. Peep toes are also an option but they have been overdone. Strappy heels can be a great option too, but mind the colour – the safest option is black or tan brown.
A model in Azzedine Alaia
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