Definitions

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  • adjective fashion Figure-hugging, skintight, form-fitting.

Etymologies

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From Japanese body-con (clipping of English body conscious), name of a fashion subculture among young women in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Examples

  • Fashion revampWith rails of bottle-green bodycon frocks, sexy lingerie and one-offs from hip designer Osman Yousefzada, you might think it is Selfridges.

    John Lewis profits bounce back as store defies gloomy climate

  • Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Mr. Sternberg mixed preppy classics with more bodycon looks for Spring 2010.

    Breaking Out: Band of Outsiders

  • Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Mr. Sternberg mixed preppy classics with more bodycon looks for Spring 2010.

    Breaking Out: Band of Outsiders

  • Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Mr. Sternberg mixed preppy classics with more bodycon looks for Spring 2010.

    Breaking Out: Band of Outsiders

  • It is a similar treasure hunt in Alexander McQueen, where there is a blue-and-red bodycon dress - which only someone with the body mass index of Kate Moss should attempt - that has 75% off at £214.

    The Guardian World News

  • Demi Lovato shined bright in a short black bodycon dress on her first red carpet walk with boyfriend Joe Jonas at the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids '

    Sawf News - Fashions

  • Demi Lovato shined bright in a short black bodycon dress at the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids '

    Sawf News - Fashions

  • Demi Lovato shined bright in a short black bodycon dress marked with zigzag stitching, a pair of rhinestone hoops and trendy black peeptoes.

    Sawf News - Fashions

  • March 28, 2010, (Sawf News) - Demi Lovato shined bright in a short black bodycon dress on her first red carpet walk with boyfriend Joe Jonas at the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids 'Choice Awards.

    Sawf News - Fashions

  • Demi Lovato shined bright in a short black bodycon dress at the 2010 Nickelodeon Kids '

    Sawf News - Fashions

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  • bodycon, n.

    The Guardian, 12 April 2016:

    Short for “body conscious”, in layman’s terms bodycon is clothing – usually a dress – defined by its tightness. Historically, it’s one of the few trends that has leapt between catwalk and mass market. There’s version one: Jean Paul Gaultier’s outer-corsets; Hervé Léger’s bandage-style bodycon dresses which were, ostensibly, couture spanx; and “king of cling” Azzedine Alaïa’s creations, which dominated the tight market in the 90s. Version two, a slightly more formal take, was more about structure and tailoring than cling (see Roland Mouret’s galaxy dress and Victoria Beckham’s first collections). It was bodycon taken down a notch, but bodycon all the same.

    May 5, 2016