Body Confidence

Let me tell you, there is nothing that makes you feel like a million bucks more than a great bodycon dress!

Body Con dress in heavyweight 4-way stretch knit

I’ve used the heavyweight 4-way stretch knit before and it is still one of my favorite fabrics from Cali Fabrics.  This time I went with the black and tan colorway and I couldn’t be happier with my dress!

Body Con dress in heavyweight 4-way stretch knit

This fabric is pretty much perfect for a form-fitting knit dress.  It’s nice and heavy with a generous spandex content to really smooth out lumps and bumps.  Because it’s so heavy, it behaves almost like a woven, which makes it really easy to work with.

And of course the stripes are a bold, dramatic print, which I love to accentuate curves (in a good way) on a simple bodycon silhouette.

Body Con dress in heavyweight 4-way stretch knit

A dress like this may not seem like an obvious choice for someone who spends a large chunk of time in an office and is headed into winter, but I think it looks great with a structured blazer for office wear:

Body Con dress in heavyweight 4-way stretch knit

And layered with a flowy sweater for casual wear or date night:

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For this dress I chose the new Givre dress from Deer & Doe patterns.  Deer & Doe patterns are favorites of mine because I love how they fit and the drafting and presentation is so nice.

Tips for Making and Styling a Bodycon Dress:

  1. Pay attention to length.  As you can see, my dress hits and almost covers my knee.  I think that a longer length is key to making sure your bodycon dress doesn’t look more appropriate hanging out on a street corner.  It should be at least knee length, and maybe longer.
  2. Consider going sleeveless.  Now this is definitely a matter of personal preference, but I find that a sleeved bodycon dress in a nice heavyweight fabric like this gets a little tight in the shoulders just because of the high spandex content of the fabric.  My sleeveless dress does not have that problem.
  3. It’s all about proportion.  A bodycon dress is, by definition, figure hugging.  Pair it with something looser or flowing.  I chose to style it with a structured (but not tight) blazer and a drape front cardigan.  Both are modeled above.  A blanket scarf would be another great option.
  4. It can double as a skirt.  You can easily throw a top or sweater over a dress like this and have it serve double duty as a pencil skirt.

But if a bodycon dress isn’t your jam, this is also my favorite fabric for a knit pencil skirt like the Pirate Pencil Skirt (affiliate link), or something that can take more structure like a knit pleated or circle skirt like the Sybil Skirt (affiliate link).  Ooh, or maybe a peplum top like the Margot peplum (affiliate link) — it would be fun to have a more dramatic look with a skirt that stands out a bit.  I have some leftover fabric, I may have to give that a shot…

What do you think?  Is a bodycon dress something you would wear?

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