3 Rules for Pulling Off Body-Con at Any Age, According to a Stylist

When she’s not working with big names like Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Hudson, and Hilary Swank, celebrity stylist Micaela Erlanger divulges her fashion expertise in our Ask a Stylist column. Come back each week for a professional’s perspective, from the best places to source vintage to the secret to finding your most flattering jeans.

Hot topic of the week? Body-con clothing and whether there's a right age to give up the figure-forming pieces. I have a simple approach to body-con, and it comes down to these three rules. 1) Only wear something if you feel comfortable. 2) Pay attention to the silhouette. And 3) Never forget about shapewear. While I always remind my clients and friends of these guidelines, the most important thing to keep in mind is to know your body and acknowledge when you don't feel comfortable—end of story.

Keep reading for more details on each rule.

Only Wear If You’re Comfortable

The number one rule to wearing anything, whether it’s a statement trend or figure-forming dress, is to remember that confidence is key. If you feel 100% comfortable, wear it. There's no right age per say—it's a matter of confidence and feeling comfortable in your wardrobe selection.  

Pay Attention to the Silhouette

Rule number two comes down to detail and keeping a close eye on the silhouette selection. It’s key to find a style that flatters your figure, whether that means opting for an off-the-shoulder option or a dress that hits below the knee, it’s important to find what works for you.

Don’t Forget Shapewear

Lastly, I always remind my clients to stock up on the best shapewear. Selecting the right undergarments for your body-con top or dress is a must. From a slenderizing bodysuit to your go-to pair of Spanx, take advantage of the power of great shapewear.

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Micaela Erlanger
Celebrity Stylist

A self proclaimed “vintage-a-holic, and glamour girl” Micaela’s clients include: Lupita Nyong’o, Michelle Dockery, Meryl Streep, Jared Leto, Common, Jennifer Hudson, Hilary Swank, Tatiana Maslany and John Boyega.

The hallmark of Micaela’s work is her meticulous attention to detail and a keen focus on the client’s needs and objectives. With a love for all things beautiful and alluring, coupled with an appreciation of the whimsical, Micaela brings a versatile and fresh approach to styling.