Past Works...Part One: BODYCON

Following on from the unpublished Elle piece, I thought it would also be nice to collate my past works for other websites all on this blog, for you to see.

This was a piece I wrote for ASOSLife in the summer, trend focus: Bodycon. Hope you like!

started July 08, 2009 7:41 PM
So one of the most of-the-moment trends is only to be attempted by the brave…bodycon. Ever since stylish young things like Hayden Pannettiere,
Cheryl Cole and Kate Hudson started stepping out in Herve Leger's signature bandage dresses, the bodycon trend exploded on the scene and since has filtered down, and become a trend eagerly consumed by the fash-pack.

The bandage
dress may have been the key item of SS09, but heading into the autumn winter season, there are new ways to wear it, and staple bodycon pieces will carry through nicely as a base for AW trends. In some ways this trend will be more feasible in the winter…who wants to swelter in the summer heat whilst being slowly swathed by tight strips of fabric? Later in the season brings a welcome coolness to temperature and colour palette as bodycon gets an on-trend makeover.

The lovely new ASOSAnnieC cites sharp shoulders as a key look for next season (she's right on the money!), and what better to wear with your fierce balmain-esque shoulderpads than a fitted bodycon mini…like the
Aqua Couture Bodycon Jersey Pencil skirt, which is a snip in the sale at £18. Keep it short and tight with a fitted, angular jacket, perhaps using thick tights and ankle boots to prevent the look slipping into the wrong side of 80's power dressing…keep it relevant, avoid the fishnets and pointy stiletto's and add a large dash of '09/10 to your 80's silhouette.

Don't be afraid to work this look for day too…double up your mini and make it work for you by throwing it on with a slouchy tee (pick a logo if you're feeling it) and a military jacket, add some kicky ankle socks and patent brogues, and hey presto, watch out Agy.

This is a pretty hard trend to carry off if you're not feeling body-confident….perhaps that is a more fitting shortening of the bodycon lable! As the title suggests, the look is all about the shape, the figure, the conciousness, and the fit…think hugging, curving, shaping…and brutal. This look will show everything, so confidence is your friend….don't be afraid to work it. All shapes and sizes can try the trend…if you're unsure, look at Beth Ditto…it's not about size, its about the attitude, and she has it in buckets. You can always dip a toe in the trend with jersey leggings and a looser fitting top, if you don't want to opt for the bandage dress…but if you're feeling brave, this is a showstopping look. Pick a
dress in a block colour, or with colour highlights on the vital areas…corseting details and panelling looks fantastic on this style. ASOS as always has some great pieces, like the Neon Blocked Bodycon dress, and the Unique Boutique Slash Bandage Bodycon dress. Details make all the difference…an exposed zip or contrasting seams look supersmart...I like the ASOS Cut Out Zip Front Bodycon Top which is a steal at just £12!

Bustier tops in a fitted fabric look great and can be very flattering…choose one with fitted cups and seam details to really draw attention. Denim looks fantastic in this style, and there are loads of bustiers, seriously-skinny jeans, and Jeggings to pick from to create a unique bodycon look.

Above all, have fun! The crux of a good outfit comes with creating a look you love, so whether you'll be rocking ASOS or Alaia, or a high-fashion mix of the two, love what you wear, and wear it with pride. Have bodycon-viction, and rock it!
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