I Thought Bodycon Was Dead, But It's Back and I'm Actually Into It

Like many others, my outfits have recently revolved around cozy pieces like sweatpants, baggy jeans, wide-cut trousers, and boxy coats. In fact, I’d say the true common denominator in what I’ve been wearing is that everything is upsized. Loose, slouchy, relaxed—my wardrobe has really been all about comfort. With a slew of trends on the horizon that continue to tap into this sense of comfortable (yet tailored) staples, including The Row’s standout F/W 21 collection, I predict nothing but more momentum for upsized proportions. However, there’s also a 180° away from them happening right now. That’s right, bodycon pieces are back.

The return of the bodycon trend actually doesn’t surprise me. It’s a trend that I didn’t love during it’s heyday in the ‘2000s, but it’s no longer just about bandage dresses—now the silhouettes I’m seeing somehow seem fresh and cool and very wearable. While I don’t see myself retiring comfortable sweatsuits anytime soon, I have been craving pieces that have a little more shape. In fact, my latest purchase with a body-hugging jersey maxi dress that I’m envisioning wearing them summer with strappy sandals and layered jewelry.

It seems I’m not alone in my impulse to dress in form-fitting items. I’ve noticed fashion people and celebs like Dua Lipa wearing every possible version of the bodycon trend, from second-skin tops to “floss” pieces to bodice tops. Ahead, see how insiders are wearing the bodycon now and shop my edit if you’re inspired to try it out for yourself.

Prada's S/S 21 collection showcased tight turtleneck tops finished with holes that were layered with a number of looks and will no doubt be one of the must-buy pieces for spring. Part of the larger cutout trend we're seeing right now, this is one of the freshest ways to tap into bodycon pieces right now.

As I mentioned, I just ordered this strapless body-skimming jersey dress and know that it will be a staple I wear again and again. There are so many silhouettes you can try out to fit into your own wardrobe, which makes this one of the most foolproof ways to try out the bodycon trend.

Bustiers and corset tops have seen popularity in past seasons, but they certainly aren't going anywhere. Now, there a fresh takes on the trend to look out for, including pieces finished with strap details, lace-up sides, and quirky prints.

It's no secret that Who What Wear editors are big fans of the second-skin top trend. What I especially love is how many cool versions there are on the market. You can wear a classic printed turtleneck version or opt for an underwire crop top polo version.

"Floss" pieces, with their signature barely-there straps, seem to get reinvented each season. This time around, you'll see cool bodycon takes on the trend.

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