This Is 2020’s Take On The Bodycon Dress

September 09, 2020 at 06:05AM

If you lived through the noughties, there is probably a very specific image in your head which comes to mind anytime anyone utters the word “bodycon.” It’s likely the depiction of Paris Hilton or a young Kim Kardashian dressed to the nines in sky-high heels and smoky-eyed makeup, wearing a figure-hugging bandage mini dress. As iconic as those styles may be, some twenty years later, the concept of bodycon has been reimagined, refreshed and given an entirely new meaning. 

As seen on the runways of Jacquemus, Bottega Veneta, Proenza Schouler and more, 2020’s take on bodycon is far less about restrictive materials and far more about flattering the figure in soft, comfortable fabrics. “Today’s version of bodycon is more elegant,” explained Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director at Net-a-Porter. “It was interesting to see brands bringing sexy back, but in a more modern and updated style.” This autumn, the key to bodycon, according to Von der Goltz, is to “keep hemlines long and style with second-skin boots.” 

Created predominantly in luxury knitted fabrics with ribbed detailing or comfortable stretch materials, the 2020 bodycon now exists far beyond the runway, as high-street labels have also started delivering their own takes on the trend. & Other Stories, Arket, Mango and more have created their own iterations. Providing the ultimate comfort, this relaxed take on bodycon is the simple autumn dress trend which can easily be worn for just about any occasion. 

Keep scrolling to see how influencers are styling the trend and shop bodycon dresses below. 

Style Notes: Here, Chloé Pierre styles & Other Stories’ take on the bodycon dress, featuring a midi length and very on-trend collar detail. 

Style Notes: Zara has created some iteration of this rib-knit dress for a few seasons now. Here, Aysha Sow styles the item with Birkenstocks.

Style Notes: Earlier this year, H&M released its own version of the trend, creating a figure-hugging midi dress in an open knit. 

Style Notes: Camille Charrier embraced the form-fitting trend, opting for a bold blue-hued dress with a thigh-high split. 

Style Notes: Jacquemus is one of the brands renowned for this new take on bodycon. This bold yellow style has been a particular favourite amongst influencers. 


Next up, the biggest A/W20 fashion trends you need to know. 

Author Zoe Anastasiou | Whowhatwear
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