All about bandage dresses
You’ve seen them on the red carpet, the catwalk and in the news. Everyone from Madonna to Taylor Swift has stepped out showing off the best bits of their body. But how can you embrace the bandage dress and really make it your own?
We’ve pulled together everything you need to know so you can step out in true style. From what they are to how to care for them, you’ll find it here.
What is a bandage dress?
A staple piece in the body-con trend, the bandage dress is designed to support and show off your curves. Made from material which offers support, controls bulge and defines curves, the dress should fit like a sexy second skin. And despite what you might think, you don’t have to have a perfect body shape to wear one. They’re suitable for any profile, shape and age. Just choose the right one to show off your best assets!
What are they made of?
The key to a great bandage dress is its fabric. They should be made using a thick composite material which offers stretch around your body. Good-quality dresses are made from a Rayon, spandex and nylon blend, offering stretch and shape. The silk like qualities of Rayon give the dresses their soft sheen. Your dress should never be see-through and will offer a breathable quality, meaning you can wear it all night and still feel comfortable.
How to style your dress
This versatile dress is perfect for so many occasions. Just remember that the star of the show is the dress. Once it’s in your wardrobe, you can build a range of accessories to make it work from day to night. Wear it to work with a fitted blazer and ballet flats or to a date with a classic leather bomber and killer heels. Break up your look with a wide belt to accentuate your waist. For jewellery, choose one or two statement pieces which add understated elegance to your dress. Worried you may have over-accessorised? Follow the advice of fashion icon Coco Chanel: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”
With bandage dresses giving such a smooth line, it can be difficult to know what underwear will work. Avoid spoiling the line of your dress by choosing the right piece for the style of your dress. A high-quality dress will offer similar support to shapewear, so take your dress with you when shopping for underwear to ensure it doesn’t add unnecessary bulk. Simple strapless bras offer support while adhesives help in difficult to conceal areas. If your dress is sheer, opt for barely-there thong underwear to cut down on VPL. Less is more in every aspect of the bandage dress, so take time to choose the best pieces to make the most of your dress.
The unique high-quality composite fabric of a bandage dress requires particular care. We recommend specialist dry cleaning for all our dresses, so don’t just throw it in the washing machine. Rayon can thin if not correctly cared for. To make your fabric last, regular gentle spot cleans with mild soap combined with gentle hand washes or dry cleans are all you need. Only wash when it really needs it. Storing your dress flat rather than on a hanger and reducing folds will maintain shape and stretch.
So, you know how to wear it and care for it. Now all you have to do is choose the colour and style you love from our range and you’ll be ready to step out!