If you lived through the noughties, there is probably a very specific image in your head which comes to mind anytime anyone utters the word "body-con." It's likely the depiction of Paris Hilton or a young Kim Kardashian dressed to the nines in sky-high heels and smoky-eyed makeup, wearing a figure-hugging bandage mini dress. As iconic as those styles may be, some twenty years later, the concept of body-con has been reimagined, refreshed and given an entirely new meaning.
As seen on the runways of Jacquemus, Bottega Veneta, Proenza Schouler and more, 2020's take on body-con is far less about restrictive materials and far more about flattering the figure in soft, comfortable fabrics. "Today’s version of body-con is more elegant," explained Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director at Net-a-Porter. "It was interesting to see brands bringing sexy back, but in a more modern and updated style." This autumn, the key to body-con, according to Von der Goltz, is to "keep hemlines long and style with second-skin boots."
Created predominantly in luxury knitted fabrics with ribbed detailing or comfortable stretch materials, the 2020 body-con now exists far beyond the runway, as high-street labels have also started delivering their own takes on the trend. & Other Stories, Arket, Mango and more have created their own iterations. Providing the ultimate comfort, this relaxed take on body-con is the simple autumn dress trend which can easily be worn for just about any occasion.
Keep scrolling to see how influencers are styling the trend and shop body-con dresses below.
How the fashion set is styling the trend:
Style Notes: Here, Chloé Pierre styles & Other Stories' take on the body-con dress, featuring a midi length and very on-trend collar detail.
Style Notes: Zara has created many iterations of this rib-knit dress for a few seasons now. Here, Aysha Sow styles the item with Birkenstocks.
Style Notes: Earlier this year, H&M released its own version of the trend, creating a figure-hugging midi dress in an open knit.
Style Notes: Camille Charrier embraced the form-fitting trend, opting for a bold blue-hued dress with a thigh-high split.
Style Notes: Jacquemus is one of the brands renowned for this new take on body-con. This bold yellow style has been a particular favourite amongst influencers.
Shop 2020 Body-Con Dresses
& Other Stories Fitted Cut Out Midi Rib Dress (£75)
Jacquemus Open-Back Ribbed-Knit Maxi Dress (£440)
Ninety Percent Ribbed Tencel-Blend Midi Dress (£205)
Adam Lippes Striped Ribbed Silk and Cashmere-Blend Midi Dress (£830)
Mango Tailored Ribbed Dress (£30)
Nanushka Callie Wrap Cotton-Blend Knitted Mini Dress (£260)
Kenzo Kenzo Women's Skinny Rib Long Dress - Chestnut (£515)
Mango Ribbed Midi Dress (£26)
Simon Miller Wells Orange Ribbed Jersey Midi Dress (£175)
By Malene Birger Minasia Rust Fine-Knit Midi Dress (£215)
Nasty Gal Come a Long Way Midi Dress (£14)
& Other Stories Belted Rib Midi Dress (£95)
Bottega Veneta Ribbed-Knit Shirt Dress (£2270)
A.P.C. Alma Roll-Neck Merino-Wool Knitted Dress (£270)
French Connection Long Sleeve Knitted Midi Dress in Rust (£95)
Arket Knitted Square-Neck Dress (£89)
Asos Design Curve Sweetheart Neck Popper Front Midi Dress in Black (£17)
Reiss Katy Ribbed Stretch-Knit Midi Dress (£175)
Next up, the biggest A/W20 fashion trends you need to know.
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