How to Match Your Bandage Dress With A Coat
Posted on November 06 2015
Putting on a bandage or bodycon dress is a bold statement that conveys positive self-esteem and confidence in your body, appearance, and style. In general quality bandage dresses are made from sturdy, heavy fabrics often featuring rayon, spandex, and nylon. They are also designed and constructed to hug your body like a second skin and cling to your curves to support and shape your feminine proportions. Fashionistas everywhere love these dresses because they are versatile, trendy, and flattering.
When paired with the right accessories, they will also serve as both day (see our choices in blue) and evening wear in a heartbeat. Choosing the right accessories is of utmost importance. This means finding the right coat, jacket, jewelry, belts, tights, and shoes play key roles in pulling off certain looks.
For most people, bandage dress are the epitome of revealing party dresses. If this intimidates you, it shouldn’t. A bandage dress has the ability to be dressed up or down and when smartly paired with a coat or a jacket provides just enough cover without reducing your sexy. Not just any coat or jacket gets the job done when looking to use a coat or jacket as more cover.
For example, your favorite parka keeps you warm but it may do nothing to enhance your dress or contribute to your sultry look. We’ve compiled a few simple rules to keep in mind when choosing coats to wear with your dress. Keep these tips in mind to ensure you rock a hot outfit throughout the winter and fall.
Enhancing Your Bandage Dress
The coat you choose to wear with your bandage dress serves multiple purposes. It keeps you warm on chilly nights, and if chosen well, it also serves to enrich the look of the dress. While choosing your coat, it is important to remember that the purpose of wearing the coat is to enhance, and not hide the dress or add unnecessary pounds to your silhouette.
For example, a pouf jacket may be acceptable with denim jean by itself but when worn with a bandage dress it tends to only add unnecessary bulk to your ensemble and draw attention to your midsection. The trick is to choose a coat that boasts a flattering cut and draws attention to the right places - depending on your body type.
Take Your Bandage Dress Along. While shopping for coats to wear with your bandage dresses it is always a good idea to take your dress along with you on your shopping spree. Often, a coat that looks great when you wear it in the store does not quite work with your bandage dress. Avoid fashion disasters by trying on your prospective coat and bandage dress together before you splurge or settle on one.
Get a Tailored Fit. A good way to ensure that the coat you pick flatters your body type is by getting it tailored to fit your silhouette. Once you choose the perfect coat for your dress drop by a local seamstress. Buying a suitable coat off the rack and taking it to your local tailor so that he/she is able to take the sides, lift or let out the hem, or add darts give any store bought coat custom fitted coat.
Keep the Event in Mind. Do you intend to wear your bandage dress for a casual event? A denim jacket or shrug might just be the perfect option for you. However, this look does not float well for evening dinners or formal venues. When it comes to such events, a fitted blazer thrown over your bandage dress adds elegance and chic class to your ensemble. Choose your coat to wear with your bandage dresses based on the event you plan on attending.
Accessorize Correctly. Accessories go a very long way in helping you dress up or down your bandage dress-and-coat ensemble. For formal events, keep the accessorizing to a minimal. Opt for less jewelry of medium to small sized pieces such as studs and simple matching pendants. Wearing the right pair of shoes is pivotal to nailing your look for your event or venue. Flats and boots paired with a bandage dress and coat are perfect for daytime events. For nighttime soirees and formal events, pair your outfit with chic heels that to provide the illusion of height.
Types of Jackets and Coats
From coats, blazers, and jackets, to vests, cardigans, and shrugs, the sky's the limit when it comes to chic outerwear options to pair with your bandage dresses. Finding the right type of coat to wear boils down to finding the right combination of the silhouette of the dress and the length of the jacket. Balancing out these proportions is the key to hitting the right fashion notes.
Cropped Jackets. Wearing a short shrug coat or cropped jacket over a bandage dress is a relatively foolproof way to pair it with a coat. A cropped jacket is one that ends at or above your natural waistline. By keeping the jacket unbuttoned or unzipped, you create a flattering vertical line that runs down the front of your body.
For informal events or when you are in an adventurous mood, opt for cropped leather jackets, boleros, denim jackets, Chanel jackets, etc. Other popular options include short tuxedo jackets, shrunken blazers, faux fur shrugs, and retro trapeze jackets. If you are gearing up for a formal event, opt for a cropped, fitted blazer. Ensure that the blazer fits you like a glove, especially at the shoulders and sleeves. A cropped style works well with short, knee-length, as well midi length bandage dresses.
Denim Coats. Denim coats may not be right for formal dances and events but they make the perfect accessory for casual parties and dances such as nights out in Vegas or a night out with your friend’s to a local bar. A huge trend in the 1990s was denim jackets and they continue to make a comeback this season. Pair your bandage dress and denim coat with bright accessories and heels in a matching color for a well put-together look.
Faux Fur Coats and Vests. With the temperatures dipping, a faux fur coat gives you much needed warmth when paired with a bandage dress. A fine fur coat or vest is the most formal and chic topper that any woman wears to formal affairs. If a full faux fur coat is not your thing, opt for a well-fitted coat with fur cuffs and collar which keep you warm while ensuring that your silhouette stays streamlined and elegant.
Luxe Cardigans. Cardigans look great when paired with bandage dresses but it is important to ensure that you are wearing a cardigan that is made out of luxurious fabric. Think brushed cotton, luxurious cashmere, and fine wool. Other fabrics and synthetic fabrics may give your dress a cheap and unkept look that you otherwise would avoid.
Long, Fitted Blazers. The most preferred outerwear option for celebrities is a long, fitted blazer. When paired with bandage dresses of shorter hemlines, a long, fitted blazer is a great style alternative. During fall and winter seasons, opt for fitted blazers in dark shades of navy, black, or charcoal grey.
Knee-length Coats. Knee-length trench coats or wool coats are as long as or a little longer than the bandage dress you are wearing are a fashion no-brainer. Belted, fit-and-flare coats work with bandage dresses too. Ensure that your coat is not shorter than your bandage dress. A coat that extends to just a little below the thickest part of your thighs is the perfect length for women of all body shapes. Any longer than this and your coat is likely to make you look shorter and wider, especially if you are petite.
Bomber Jackets. You may not consider bomber jackets as a go-to coat option to pair with bandage dresses, however, boxy bomber jackets, cropped or long, help you add a modern twist to your look. Straight dresses and bandage dresses are easily paired with a bomber as they offer a sleek and fitted under-layer to the jacket.
Deciding on the Best Coat Fabrics
From kimono-sleeved and waterfall cardigans, to single-button peplum blazers, pair your bandage dress with various coat styles to complete your look and provide a bit of coverage and warmth. Keep in mind that the final goal is to enhance the dress and balance your feminine proportions with a coat of the right length and fabric. Fabrics play a role in your bandage dress style based on your style and outfit goals. Certain events require more insulated fabrics while others are ideal for lighter more simple fabrics.
As discussed previously a denim coat works well for more casual looks. Similar alternatives would be longer cotton or cashmere sweaters. Knitted sweaters pair well when paired with scarves and gloves. Another casual coat and jacket alternative is leather. Leather provides a edgy look, keeps you relatively warm, and is available in a variety of styles and cuts. In addition to leather casual trench coats pair well when you need a sophisticated look that is comfy and breezy. Opt for wool if you plan on being in cold weather for an extended period such as a New Year’s parade or at a park’s live music venue.
Inspiration from Fashion Bloggers
Since our beginning we've always reached out to the fashion world to ensure what we sell works and is in demand by fashionistas everywhere. We've compiled a few of our Style Reviews that feature coats, vests, and jackets to help inspire you and give you visuals of all the things discussed in this article. As you look for a coat or consider other options already in your closet remember that putting on the entire ensemble before making a decision is key. Try on your bandage dress and your coat to see if the look is polished, doesn't add weight, and gives you confidence.
Marta from Martha's Fashion Diary...
Marta is based in Bulgaria. She's a leading fashion blogger known for her style and ability to pull together looks that are versatile. Marta is wearing our two piece bandage dress with a crisp white blazer and flesh toned heels. The look holds many elements that are easily carried into other styles such as swapping out the bandage skirt for a form fitting jeans. Adding a blazer to your bandage dress is fresh, sexy, and chic.
Katie from Katie Loves....
Katie is a fashion blogger who is about femininity, class, and sophistication. She wore our strapless beige bandage dress and paired it with an oversized white vest. To polish the look she carried a silver clutch and chose two toned heels for added texture. The look is not only feminine but stylish and flattering to many body types. You wear this look to weddings, receptions, bridal parties, or summer and spring dates. Anywhere that a fresh and clean style is appreciated.
Clare from Clarabella...
Clare is a one of a kind fashion blogger. She provided a style review while she was with child (she's since given birth to a beautiful little girl). She's a rising fashion blogger known for her edgy and innovative approach to fashion. Clare is wearing our black off the shoulder long sleeve bandage dress with sexy black heels that wrap around her ankles. She added a denim coat and leopard clutch to complete the look. It is a casual yet fierce look that works well for nights out in Vegas, dinner dates, and even cocktails with your coworkers.
Heidi from Wishes & Reality...
Heidi is a no-nonsense fashion blogger that inspires women to coordinate relationships, careers, and fashion in their everyday lives. She is wearing our black cap sleeve bandage dress with an oversized sweater blazer. The combination is a cozy and warm look that is perfect for holiday parties by a fire and nights out with your love. Heidi finished the look off with grasshopper sunglasses and light gold jewelry.
Rach from RD's Obsessions...
Rach holds down a 9 to 5 and has become a rising fashion blogger who brings a casual style to everyday outings. She chose our geometric print bandage dress and added a taupe and navy trench coat, and gray pumps to complete the look. Pair a casual coat with patterns gives your dress a boost while allowing you to be comfortable without giving up your diva style and sex appeal.
Sydney from Sydney's Fashion Diary...
Sydney has been blogging since 2010. She loves two things: fashion and deals. When we asked her to try one of our bandage dresses she opted for a patterned black and white dress. She paired the dress with a well fitting red trench coat. Adding a splash of color with your bandage dress gives you a sophisticated texture and polish that is difficult to convey with more neutral style approaches.
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