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The concept of physical female beauty has certainly changed over the decades and it continues to do so. In addition, it varies from culture to culture so there is really no single social construct that can be claimed as the correct standard of female beauty. However, all of these diverse notions have something in common – that curves in the right places enhance the beauty of a woman’s figure, especially when they are flaunted. As a result, women favor figure-hugging clothes over loose, shapeless styles when they want to show off their bodies and attract attention. And nothing enhances a woman’s curves more than the bandage dress. It gets its name from the basic design of the fabric, which consists of strips of Elastene and Lycra that resemble bandages.
Good-bye, Body Shapers
Many women go through the agonizing process of getting into a body shaper before wearing the dress in order to achieve a clean silhouette. Anyone who has experienced squeezing herself into a body shaper can attest to the extreme discomfort of wearing one in the entirety of an affair. Bandage dresses – which also known as bodycon dresses – eliminate the need for a body shapers as the elastic material naturally follows the natural contours of a woman’s body. This dress combines the comfort of soft fabric and the structure needed to hug the body and highlight its curves.
There are currently hundreds of bodycon dress designs made by numerous brands but the original bandage dress is credited to the French designer, Hervé L. Leroux. He is more well-known for his fashion house called Hervé Léger, which may very well be the most popular brand of bandage dresses. After the first bandage dress was launched in 1989, it has become a “go-to” piece among women who want to look their best at a party or a night on the town. Skinnier physiques benefit from this dress as it gives them a fuller figure. On the other hand, voluptuous women will find the bodycon dress trickier to wear as it does not conceal bulges that they would otherwise want to be kept concealed – that’s just not the way this dress is built.
It takes a confident woman to wear a bandage dress well. It is definitely not a dress for the shy types as its skin-tight fabric leaves little to the imagination. The most important thing to remember in choosing a bodycon dress is to pick out the right size for your body. One size too small or too big will ruin the look. Since the dress is skin-tight, you may also layer it with a skirt to give it a different look. Today, bandage dresses come in a plethora of colors, designs, styles and price tags. Designer pieces by Hervé Léger can be quite pricey but thankfully, there are a lot or more affordable brands that carry a wide variety of bodycon dresses. As gorgeous as the bandage dress is, its beauty is only as good as the person wearing it. This is why you must make sure that the size, cut and colors complement your own physical features.
Debbie Fletcher is an enthusiastic, experienced writer who has written for a range of difference magazines and news publications. Follow her here: @Debbie_Fletch18