So many of us love Fall and Winter for the most obvious reasons: pumpkin spice lattes, the festive holiday season, and of course, fall and winter fashion! We love the sweaters, the leggings, the gorgeous coats, and the ankle boots.
I think the bodycon dress, however, deserves more praise as a Fall and Winter wardrobe staple, especially because of its versatility. It happens to be one of the most flattering garments a woman can wear, if worn and accessorized correctly. Below, I delve into a few tips for styling this wardrobe staple throughout the colder months of Fall and Winter; I hope it helps you stay warm and fashionable!
1. Choose Knit and Sweater Bodycon Dresses
Knit and sweater bodycon dresses make for easy, effortless styling during the colder seasons, and they’re a fashionable alternative to skinny jeans and a chunky sweater. There is also level of comfort in this type of dress that will win you over; the knit material can feel as though you’re wearing a long, cozy cardigan that was made specifically to fit the unique curves and angles of your body.
Take a look at the photos below to see how a simple knit bodycon dress can be so flattering! Just slip on a simple sweater dress, some opaque tights for warmth, and a nice pair of knee-high boots; you’ll look both weather appropriate and femininely put together in one time at all. On warmer days, wear your dress with peep-toe ankle boots like this Cady Bootie, shown below.
2.Go For Long Sleeves and Turtle of Mock Necklines
If your intent is to look sleek and svelte this Fall and Winter, then a long-sleeve bodycon dress with a high neckline is a must. It’s the perfect wardrobe choice for staying warm, and it can lend a certain polish to your entire look. What’s even better is that it doesn’t need too much additional styling because it already makes enough of a statement on it’s own. Simply style your dress with shoes like the black knee high boots shown below.
3. Choose Weather-Appropriate Accessories
Sometimes wearing a dress on a really cold day can seem unbearable. The great thing about a knit bodycon dress is that it’s made to hug your body, which means you won’t have to worry about your dress flying up when a sudden gust of wind strikes- that’s definitely a plus!
While wearing the dress alone might not keep your legs warm, tights, leggings, and knee-high boots surely will. For an upscale outfit, choose boots that have a classic look, like these.
For a casual outfit, try wearing your dress with ankle booties in a fun color, like this Chunky Heel Ankle Booties in Wine . You can even experiment with your tights by buying some in fun patterns, like these, which can really add a sensuality to your entire look. Remember, the simple addition of the right accessories can add personality to your outfit without much effort on your part; it’s easy, quick styling. Stock your closet with a few accessories, and you’ll never be out of outfit ideas.
4. Try Using Shapewear Undergarments
If you’ve shied away from wearing a bodycon dress during Fall and Winter, or any season for that matter, because you think you can’t pull it off, you might want to re-think that sentiment. These days, there are so many options out there that help keep you tucked in in all the right places. As I’ve written before, the secret to pulling off a bodycon dress is to wear it with seamless under garments or shapewear like the SPANX Mid-Thigh Bodysuit or SPANX Targeted High Waist Shorts. Many bodycon dresses won’t need the additional support, but a little extra help can’t hurt if it makes you feel more comfortable! In fact, most celebrities use this little secret when they were their curve hugging outfits
5. Add Delicate Heels and Jewelry For A Night Out
If you’re looking for a dress to wear to an upcoming celebration, or are looking to impress a certain suitor (wink, wink!) this style of dress is the perfect choice. For a special night out, style your bodycon dress with a clutch, and heels like this Vince Camuto Heeled Sandal ; choose jewelry you reserve for special occasions like this Crystal Cluster Ring.
Since your special occasion or date night will likely be held indoors, you can try a sleeveless bodycon dress, or one that has a sexy, intricate back design, like the ones below. All you’ll have to do is layer your favorite coat over it, toss on a cozy scarf and pair gloves, and you should be ready to brace the outdoors!
Now that you’ve read through these tips, styling a sweater or bodycon dress this season should get a little easier, and more exciting, too : )