Tasteful Bodycon Dresses: Styling Tips

Posted on 07 February 2017



Let’s face it, sometimes bodycon dresses get a bad rap. You know what we mean, those uber-tight dresses that look more vulgar than they do flattering; they were a staple of the early 2000’s, with every pop star under the sun donning a few on the red carpet. Sometimes a bodycon dress is purchased in the wrong size, or in a design that isn't flattering, and that's when a fashion faux-pas arises! That shouldn’t deter you from wearing this beautiful style of dress, however. If you purchase the right size, with a design that’s subtle, it can make for a remarkably stunning outfit. If you’re looking for ways to wear a tasteful bodycon dress, keep reading for our best styling tips!

Black Bodycon Dress

Experiment With Prints and Patterns

Tasteful bodycon dresses are an absolute wardrobe essential for those nights when you want to look and feel beautiful. You can wear this style of dress to almost any special occasion, evening event, dinner date, or holiday party. The good news is that you'll never get bored with this closet staple because there exists so many options on the market today, in varying colors, prints, and designs; it's a good way to spice up your wardrobe. Always try to keep a few neutral colors in your closet, however, as you’ll be able to style them with many of your other wardrobe staples, such as a black blazer, duster coat or denim jacket. Take a look at the photos below to see how a few celebrities kept their bodycon dresses tasteful, subtle and flattering!

You'll notice that the model below took a simple taupe bodycon dress and dressed it up by styling it with a black leather jacket and statement heels. She also added a choker and layered a delicate necklace over it; this look is a knockout and so easy to achieve! What's even better is that you can create about a hundred different outfits from this one basic taupe bodycon dress.  Learn from this model by pairing your dress with your favorite outerwear pieces on your next night out. 


Highlight Your Bodycon Dress With The Right Accessories  



Now let's take a look at actress Emmanuelle Chriqui in the photo above; doesn’t she look exquisite?! The deep maroon shade she’s wearing is beautiful against her skin tone and her look feels fresh because she kept the accessories to a minimum. The dress is far from basic, however, as you can see with the mockneck design and plunging keyhole neckline; it’s tastefully sexy. The dress is made all the more interesting with the built-in belt and mid-calf length, which works well with the revealing neckline. Pair a dress like this with subtle strappy sandals and a delicate bracelet for a look you can take to the season’s best parties!

Style Your Bodycon Dress For Winter Weather 



Are you looking for a dress that’s at once sexy and weather appropriate? Take a look at the lovely Nicole Trunfio in the photo above and see how you can indeed wear a bodycon dress during Winter weather! If you’re looking for a bigger fashion risk that your standard long-sleeve little number just can’t fulfill, try looking for a dress that features only one sleeve, peep shoulders, or an off-the-shoulder design; it’s an easy way to instantly look fashion-forward! With this type of design, however, it's best to keep the accessories to a minimum and let the design of the dress take center stage, otherwise you might look like you're wearing too many trends. Also, take note of how Nicole wore a nude-colored choker to go with her velvet little black dress, and kept her shoes and clutch delicate and feminine; she knew the dress' intricate design needed little accessorizing. This is definitely a wonderful example of a monochromatic outfit done right!

Never Forget The Power of Statement Heels

Now can we say that we think you can never go wrong with pairing a black dress with red statement heels? This look is practically foolproof! Actress Carly Hughes looks beautiful in her black leather bodycon dress, which fits her perfectly and shows off her figure in a very tasteful way. A mockneck dress is a wardrobe staple that you’ll want to keep around to wear in almost every season, minus Summer, of course! This look however, is great for building beautiful outfits during Fall, Winter and even those brisk Spring days. Furthermore, a structured dress like this makes for a wonderfully edgy outfit, while the red shoes add femininity and to the look. TIP: Don’t be afraid to add your favorite jewelry pieces, either; this simple dress can benefit well from a few key pieces such as chunky bracelet, cocktail ring, or diamond studs.


Now that you've gathered a few key styling tips, we hope you have fun picking out your next bodycon dress! Remember to only purchase dresses you feel comfortable and confident in: it's the best way to ensure you'll look your best. Build out your outfit by adding fun accessories and pops of color, and you'll be ready to make an entrance in no time! 

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