Although it may sound like something required after an accident, the bandage dress is everywhere these days, from the catwalk to the high street retailer and, forecasts for this winter predict that bandage is still big news for the party season. Not to be confused with the bodycon dress, the bandage dress is a distinctive style which is loved by women all over the world for its feminine and sexy silhouette.
For the uninitiated, bandage dresses are made from the clever stuff which is used to make shapewear - a combination of rayon, nylon and spandex which helps to shape the body by accentuating the positive and taming any lumpy bits. As the name suggests, a bandage dress is made up of woven layers which are designed into an overlapping band pattern which resembles the way that a bandage may be wrapped around the body. Not for the faint-hearted, a bandage dress hugs the body closely, showing the female silhouette off to perfection. A hit with celebrities such as Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton, the bandage dress adds instant glamour to any occasion. Not just glamorous, the bandage dress is even good enough for royalty with Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, being spotted a couple of times wearing a camel coloured Reiss Shola number.
Jennifer Lopez rocks a figure-hugging bandage dress
First seen in 1986 in a collection by designer Azzedine Alaia, the bandage dress found its mainstream groove in the 1990s thanks to designers such as the American owned Herve Leger brand featuring it in their catwalk shows and its popularity is still in the ascendence - although, when ascending, ladies wearing bandage dresses are advised to take the lift rather than the stairs due to the slightly unforgiving construction of this elegant and sexy trend! This season the bandage dress can be seen in the workplace in cool black and out on the town in feminine pastels and dressed up embellished designs, perfect for holiday season parties and events.
When choosing a bandage dress, it’s worth opting for quality over slightly cheaper versions. Due to the body-clinging nature of the garment, badly made bandage dresses can be unflattering and potentially disastrous - a well made dress should support the figure as well as hugging it, whereas, cheaper versions can be prone to tearing, transparency when stretched and unfortunate ‘wardrobe malfunction’ situations.
For anybody thinking that the bandage dress is only for skinny minnies, nothing could be further from the truth - a well made bandage dress is perfect for showing off a voluptuous figure as it accentuates your best assets whilst downplaying larger hips and thighs. For those nervous of a less than perfect figure, a design with extra support can help hide a multitude of sins and can be teamed with a shrug or wrap for extra confidence.