This Is 2020’s Take on the Body-Con Dress

If you lived through the noughties, there is probably a very specific image which comes to mind anytime anyone utters the word "body-con." It's likely the depiction of Paris Hilton or a young Kim Kardashian dressed to the nines in sky-high heels, smokey-eye makeup, and a figure-hugging bandage minidress. As iconic as those styles may be, some 20 years later, the concept of body-con 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 body-con is less about restrictive materials and more about flattering, soft, and comfortable fabrics. "Today’s version of body-con is more elegant," explains 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 body-con, 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 body-con now exists far beyond the runway, as high-street labels have started delivering their own takes on the trend. Arket, & Other Stories, Mango, and more have created their own iterations. Providing the ultimate comfort, this relaxed take on body-con 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 to shop body-con dresses. 

How the fashion set is styling the trend: 


(Image credit: @chloepierreldn)

Style Notes: Here, Chloé Pierre styles & Other Stories' take on the body-con dress, which features a midi length and on-trend collar details. 


(Image credit: @aysha.sow)

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


(Image credit: @monikh)

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


(Image credit: @camillecharriere)

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


(Image credit: @chainkyr)

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

Shop 2020 body-con dresses: 

Next up, the biggest A/W 20 fashion trends you need to know.