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Choose the right piece for you in our bodycon edit Credit: Hervé Léger Autumn/Winter 2015

The Bodycon Edit

From the iconic Hervé Léger bandage dress to micro minis and sporty crop tops, bodycon is an enduring trend, loved through the decades for its ultra-feminine, body-sculpting silhouette. Abbreviating the term body conscious, used to describe clothing that fits close through the body, hugging every curve, bodycon is an effortless way to highlight your favourite asset or a fast-track ticket to Marilyn Monroe-esque hourglass proportions. We discuss which bodycon pieces to buy and how to wear them...

The Dress
Achieve an instant, figure-flattering fit with a bodycon dress. Fitted close through the body from neck to hem, a bodycon dress is the ultimate feminine silhouette, designed to shape and enhance your every curve. Go casual with a soft jersey midi dress and flats or ramp up the after-dark glamour with Hervé Léger, whose iconic bandage seams work to smooth imperfections and create the illusion of a nipped-in waist.
Labels to love: Hervé Léger, Balmain and Roland Mouret.

The Top
Choosing separates is an easy way to invest in the bodycon trend without committing to the full look. The key is in the shape; a cropped top teamed with a high-waist bottom is the perfect way to wear bodycon as it will offer the same waist-whittling effect as a dress with the hem of the top hitting the narrowest part of your body. Balance the look with a full midi skirt – as well as an enviable fit and flare silhouette, the full shape is perfect for keeping any insecurities at bay.
Labels to love: Alexander Wang, Alexander McQueen and A.L.C.

The Bottom
Whether you go for a thigh-grazing mini skirt or a demure midi length, wearing bodycon on your bottom half is perfect for streamlining the hips. Quell any concerns about not having washboard abs by choosing a loose, flowing top and lengthen the legs with a pair of heels.
Labels to love: T by Alexander Wang, Helmut Lang and BCBGMAXAZRIA.

The Underpinnings
The key to the perfect bodycon fit is as much about what’s worn underneath as the garment itself. Achieve the smoothest lines through the waist and hips with a pair of sculpting, seamless shorts. Investing in a full-length bodysuit offers body shaping, but ensuring you are wearing the correct sized bra, which sits flat through the back band, will also deliver the same effect.
Labels to love: Spanx, Wolford and Wacoal.

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