It is no secret we’re absolutely crazy about the hourglass-shaped figure these days. Merilyn Monroe started it, Rihanna killed it, Kim Kardashian re-introduced and now all of us are head over heels for a little bit of hip and a tiny bit of waist.
For the trend to say it’s getting popular is an understatement; from onscreen celebrities to offscreen beauties, everyone seems to have embraced the body-con dresses trend, trying to force that hourglass shape onto their figure and flaunt it. Sure, some have been blessed as to not to need any shapers whatsoever to get the look while others who are more banana and apple shaped resort to all kinds of shapers in order to imitate the much popular body-image. Are we going back to the Victorian era? Hardly.
The Victorian women were constrained in their corsets, with difficulties to walk and limited ability to breathe all while their inner organs used to suffer great trauma under the pressure of corsets which were everything but comfortable. Nowadays, what we are currently witnessing is happening in the body-trend department is the obsession with the womanly figure that’s achieved with just a little bit of help from top-notch lingerie shapewear that’s not only extremely comfortable (usually made of spandex and lace) but it’s giving the body that extra pop it needs for a girl (or guy) to feel absolutely stunning!
In all honesty, the never-ending body-conscious polemics is getting a bit old as we all know that looking good is, above everything, about feeling great – so what’s a little push in the right direction?
Some of the hottest celebrities have worked with top undergarment designers like Leonisa Shapewear embracing it with all their curves! Why? It’s simply! For women who are naturally curvaceous, having a bit “extra” is a given; what shapewear does is help sculpt all those “extras” and make it fall the natural line of the body with a simplicity of cut and comfort. Basically, once you’ve got the right shaper, your worrying about the wobbly bits stops! Shapers flatten out the tummy, even out the bumps on the outer parts of thighs (yes, we are talking about cellulite bumps, and yes – we’ve all got them), lifts the breasts and the bum, and tightens the body in all the right places. It also works on the slimmer or skinny girls, helping them get a more curvaceous shape and help with their posture. Having a shaper is everything!
Things to note when choosing the right body-con:
- If you are a bit fuller, choose fabric that preferably has some weight and stretch in it
- A busy pattern is amazing as it will neatly disguise any untoned areas; however, with the right shaper under, no need to worry about that. Wear any pattern or plain color you like! Oh, yeah – color blocking is working amazingly with body-con dresses!
- A heel is sort of a must with a body-con dress. This will give you a nice silhouette and elongate your body shape. If your legs are sturdy, choose an open ankle shoe (no stripes around the ankle) to visually elongate the leg. Teenage girls embracing the body-con dresses are trying them out with sneakers and flats. If you are confident enough yourself, try it out!
- Always make sure the hem of the dress falls on or just below your knee.
- To hide your curves, opt for an unbuttoned trench, a shirt or anything similar that will cover the areas you are feeling self-conscious about.
Ready for your perfect show off? You should be!
Author: Peter Minkoff
Peter is an editor at HighStyleLife magazine in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for few fashion events in around AUS and UK. Beside fashion, he loves reading, making DIY cosmetics, redesign furniture and to travel around tropical destinations. He plans to create a fashion business for style advising.