Bandage Beauty: What Is a Bandage Dress and Why Do Women Love Them?

Bandage Beauty: What Is a Bandage Dress and Why Do Women Love Them?

You've been hearing about bandage dresses everywhere, but what exactly are they? Can they help to flatter your figure? Here's what you need to know......


Every woman has her own unique style. Trends come and go, but looking your best is always a top priority.

Bandage dresses are not new on the fashion scene, but their quality and scope have improved in recent years.

Don't be confused and believe only models and celebrities can wear these stylish, fabulous dresses.

Read on to learn why a bandage dress is just right for you!

What Is a Bandage Dress

A bandage dress resembles its name, in that it snugly fits your body like a bandage. The name actually refers to the layers of material that make up the dress and give it a distinct look and feel.

The material tucks and supports all the curves and even bulges of your body and creates a smooth silhouette. The dresses are tight, strong and even have the properties of shapewear.

High-quality bandage dress material consists of a blend of spandex, nylon, and rayon. They cling almost like a second skin and stretch to shape and highlight your curves.

Is There a Difference Between a Bandage and Bodycon Dress

The answer is yes!

A bodycon dress does have a close fit, but it is not designed to hug your body. It does offer a tailored look, but offers no support and is often made from lightweight material.

While anyone can wear a bodycon dress, they often are not as flattering as the bandage dress and more unforgiving of bulges or problem areas. They typically have very little stretch and do not provide the sleek look of the bandage dress.

The Fabric Makes the Difference

The fabric used to make top of the line bandage fashion offers no slack or loose spots on your body. They are designed to form fit and highlight your exact shape. The dress should have breathable qualities and be soft to the touch.

Rayon is the key component that gives the silky feel and also adds shine. Authentic bandage dresses will shimmer and have a rich luster appearance.

The nylon provides the strength and long-lasting quality to the dress. The spandex brings in the stretch and flexibility that hugs your body in all the right places.

Beware of off-quality brands that use polyester blends. Polyester does have some stretchy and soft characteristics, but will not hold its shape, provide the support, or have the silky sheen like a true bandage dress.

Is a Bandage Dress Right for Me

There is no one specific body type, size, or even age limit, for the bandage dress. It is an individual style decision that is flattering on most women and even has the added benefit of improving posture.

It can be worn in a casual environment or dressed up for a night on the town. They are extremely comfortable and can be worn for long periods of time.

They come in a variety of colors and designs, from simple to wow, so anyone can find a bandage dress to fit their fashion flair.

Once you have picked the perfect dress for you, here are ways to rock the look.

Types of Bandage Dresses

There are a couple of weave pattern differences that make up distinct looks for the dresses.

The traditional bandage dress has the bandage-type ridges where the name is derived from.

There is the foil weave, by which a foil is added that creates extra shine and thickness. These are typically called metallic bandage dresses.

Sometimes the dress has a pattern woven directly into the fabric and not just printed onto the fabric. This is called a jacquard weave. These beautiful dresses have an extremely intricate look to them.

Another type of bandage dress is the ombre dress. This is where various shades of color are sewn as one piece of fabric. This creates a very classic look.

The specialty dresses may be slightly more expensive than the traditional type, but they are beautiful options to add to your wardrobe.

When you are ready to hit the beach, there are also bandage swimsuits to fit your unique style.

How to Care for Your Bandage Dress

It is a good idea to have your dress dry cleaned. Since that is not always an option, here are some simple washing instructions.

If you wash it yourself, use cold water and a gentle detergent. Do not twist, pull or bunch up your dress during the process. Be very gentle while handling. After you have rinsed it, lay it flat to dry. It should never be hung up while wet as it will lose its shape.

If it just needs to be spot cleaned, you can use a small bit of detergent, cold water, and a washcloth on just the area that needs to be freshened up.

How to Pick the Right Size

This type of dress usually comes in X-Small, Small, Medium, and Large. There are some styles that are also available in plus sizes. It is always a good idea to check the size chart before you make a purchase.

There are a few other guidelines to consider when buying a bandage dress. If you have a small bust and full hips, order according to the size that would fit your bust. The material will stretch to fit your hips.

For most other body types, order according to your hip size and the dress will adjust to a larger bust. The right size dress will expand up to four inches all around your body and particularly hug your hips and bust area.

If it makes you feel more comfortable, you can wear shapewear, like Spanx, underneath the dress. The dress is thick enough to hide any signs of an undergarment.

The Right Dress for You

Every woman needs a go-to dress to make her feel fabulous. The bandage dress can do that very thing for you.

With a form fit that accents your curves, you can face the world knowing you look your best.

For more information on which bandage dress is right for you and to see our collection, reach out.