These days you can’t pick up a fashion magazine or scroll through an Ezine without coming across the terms Bandage Dress and BodyCon but many people are still confused about these two fashion staples - what are they and how are they different?
BodyCon - Body Can!
Derived from the term “Body Conscious”, the BodyCon dress has been big news since the mid nineties with celebrities such as Kim Kardashian championing its virtues. Made from viscose or silk woven with lycra, the BodyCon is designed to hug the figure from the bust down to the hem. Although lengths can vary, the most popular BodyCon dresses tend to be the elegant knee length versions. Available everywhere from the catwalk to the high street, online auction site Ebay reported a staggering 200% increase in the sales of BodyCon dresses over the past 12 months, showing that this popular style isn’t going away anytime soon!
From red cross to red carpet
The Bandage dress, first made popular in the nineties, is, like the BodyCon dress, popular for its figure hugging, feminine silhouette. Made from a mixture of rayon, nylon and spandex similar to shapewear or body sculpting underwear, the Bandage dress is constructed of layers of woven material designed to mirror the effect of wrapping a bandage around the body - hence the name.
Red carpet bandage dress
Vive le difference
The two main differences between the BodyCon and the Bandage are the fabrics used and construction. Whereas the BodyCon is made from a stretchy lycra or viscose fabric designed to retain it’s elasticity and shape, the Bandage Dress is created from a woven or knitted material to offer more support.
In terms of construction, the BodyCon is formed from one continuous length of fabric designed to provide a seamless effect (choose your underwear carefully to avoid VPL). The Bandage Dress, on the other hand, is constructed from layers of woven fabric which often overlap to provide a more textured and tactile effect.
When choosing between the BodyCon and The Bandage, there are a couple of things to bear in mind - as the bodycon is designed to look seamless, underwear should be chosen carefully to avoid unsightly seams and labels ruining the line of the dress. Some BodyCon dresses are constructed with a built in support panel around the bust, eliminating the need to wear a bra so its worth looking out for this handy detail. When choosing a Bandage dress, it’s worth spending a little more on a good quality garment as the very nature of the dress means that the fabric is subject to stretching - a good quality bandage dress should support the body as well as hugging it in order to create a feminine and sexy silhouette time and time again.
With both the BodyCon and the Bandage, careful washing and hanging on a soft shouldered hanger will ensure that your dress keeps its shape no matter how many times you wear it. And if you can’t decide between the two, why not have both?