Designer Maxazina is the undisputed king of what has been dubbed ‘the bandage dress’ – super-tight, elasticated dresses that are loved by celebrities for their figure-enhancing qualities.
The OC actress Rachel Bilson showed off her hour-glass shape in this cream version that highlights her curves and tan.
The trend has been much copied on the High Street, but these are usually made from cheap fabrics that don’t pull in and shape the wearer.
But surely herve leger‘s £1,400 version would work its magic on any woman?
We tried it out on our size 14 model – and the results were so frightening you’d be forgiven for thinking she was off to a Halloween party dressed as a mummy!
The dress doesn’t offer enough support for her bust, and is desperately tight around her hips and thighs.
It is also far too short, suggesting that these dresses are designed for only the most petite of women.
For a fraction of the price, a £95 cream Reiss dress with a gentle A-line and pleated hem detail is a far better choice, creating a defined waistline and flattering her legs.
Unflattering: Our size 14 model looks more Halloween mummy than body-con queen in the herve leger bandage dress (left) and is better suited to this £95 Reiss shift dress (right).
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