How to Style a Bodycon Dress: Tips and Ideas

The bodycon dress is defined as a tight-fitting dress that hugs the body’s curves. To achieve an elegant aesthetic with this dress style, you should follow some simple guidelines.

An elegant bodycon look starts with a great foundation, such as high-quality undergarments that provide ample support and coverage. Next, try to balance out the silhouette of a bodycon dress with outwear like jackets and coats, and also choose chunkier shoes. Accessorize your bodycon dress with subtle pieces that will add to the look without overpowering it.

To answer the question of how to style a bodycon dress, we have crafted different styles for every occasion.

Bodycon Outfit Ideas for Every Day

Beige Bodycon Dress

In this outfit, we chose a beige figure-flattering midi-length dress with a timeless square neckline and short sleeves. We styled it with low-heeled sandals of the same shade. To create visual interest, we chose a medium-sized beige and dark brown classic handbag with golden details.

To create different styles, combine this casual bodycon dress with a cardigan or denim jacket.

Green Bodycon Dress with a Vibrant Pink Jacket

To create a playful outfit suitable for every day, we chose a three-color ensemble. A midi dress in a dark green shade goes well with a bright pink jacket that also accentuates your waist. We created a visual balance with chunky cream leather mules.

No matter your body shape, a figure-hugging dress can be tailored to you using a waistline-accentuating blazer, jacket, or cardigan.

Green Bodycon Dress and a Denim Jacket

We used the same green bodycon dress to create a slightly more relaxed casual style with a denim jacket and white sneakers.

To create a cohesive ensemble, repeat the accents throughout the outfit – as in this case, we chose sports shoes with green stripes to match the green dress.

Knitted bodycon dress with knee boots and a coat

A bodycon dress can also be incorporated into your cold-season wardrobe. Choose a knitted bodycon dress of a thicker material and pair it with knee boots. Layering it with wool coats and blazers will add extra warmth.

For more ideas on how to create elegant ensembles with sweater dresses read here.

Bodycon dress with a beret

Transform your look into a classic French ensemble by pairing a midi knitted dress with an iconic beret. For shoes, you could choose both knee and ankle boots. In this example, we chose an aesthetic with white ankle boots, although Chelsea or combat boots would also work.

Edgy Styles with a Bodycon Dress

Black leather bodycon mini dress

Styling a black leather bodycon dress can be tricky especially if you want to achieve a balanced look. To create an edgy and chic ensemble, we chose a white shirt with long sleeves and black Chelsea boots. You could complete the ensemble with an oversized blazer.

Sharp details like high heels, knee or over-the-knee boots, slim-fit jackets, and bold makeup and jewelry should be avoided in this look.

Denim bodycon mini dress

We paired this playful denim mini-dress with a green cardigan and white sneakers. An alternative could be a long cardigan with a belt accentuating the waist.

Notice how the light blue denim pairs well with the dark green knit and gold buttons, while white shoes provide a subtle base.

Sporty bodycon dress

For a chic and sporty look, try out this bodycon mini dress featuring long sleeves and a closed collar. The white stripes give it the right amount of athleticism, while the red accents in the shoes complete the ensemble. We paired the dress with an oversized zebra print sweatshirt and white sneakers to bring together all three colors – black, white, and red.

Bodycon Dresses for Special Occasions

One-shoulder bodycon dress

We combined an elegant gray metallic one-shoulder bodycon dress with a silver tote and black crystal-embellished black mules. The shoulder detail adds more of a modern touch, while the tote and mules create a classic look.

This ensemble is suitable for special occasions such as weddings or cocktail parties. Accessorize with simple jewelry like small earrings or necklaces.

Halter neck ivory bodycon dress

For a timeless look, we combined this dress with a tulle-trimmed hat and a green croc-effect clutch. The hat and the dress together create a vintage-inspired look. The clutch provides a statement detail, while the ivory pumps would be a great way to complete the ensemble with an elegant touch.

Black sequined bodycon mini dress

This outfit centers around the sleek black V-neck mini dress. To complement the look, we chose a beautiful gold ring embellished with green stones to accompany metallic gold pumps.


Bodycon dresses are versatile and can be styled for any occasion. From a special occasion look to a sporty style, the possibilities are endless.

When styling a bodycon dress, keep in mind that less is more. Choose accessories and footwear that add subtle details to the look without overwhelming it.

Choose jackets, blazers and coats, and chunky shoes to create a visual balance for your slim-fit dress.

We hope this article has provided you with helpful tips on how to style a bodycon dress.

Featured image by Anna Savelieva.

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