Ladies, it’s time to stop hiding behind baggy clothes. Despite what the media tries to tell us on the daily, our bodies are perfect exactly the way they are, and they deserve beautiful clothes.

The only thing standing between you and that gorgeous bodycon dress you’ve been eyeing is your mentality; decide you’re going to rock it, and you will. This list of helpful tips will make you feel nothing short of a bombshell in your new dress—so what are you waiting for?

1. Dress Colour

While you might love bright and bold colours, a fluorescent orange bodycon dress never did anyone any favours—no matter their size. Use the oldest (but best!) trick in the bag by choosing a darker shade for your bodycon dress, like navy blue, black, or eggplant. It’ll slim you down and is universally flattering. You can also opt for a printed dress, which is an excellent way to distract the eye.

2. Shapewear

If you don’t already own shapewear, then do yourself a favour and get some right now. It’ll change your life—seriously. Clothes will suddenly fit better, you’ll feel more confident, and the best part is, no one has to know about it. You don’t have to get crazy and get a full bodysuit or anything, but a shaping cami or panties can make all the difference.

3. Seamless Underwear

A major must-have for anyone wearing a bodycon is seamless underwear; there’s nothing more unflattering than seeing your underwear lines bulging out from your sexy bodycon dress or digging into your sides. Plus, seamless underwear is so comfortable, you might just convert your whole underwear drawer.

4. Thicker Fabrics

One of the best tricks to rocking a bodycon dress is choosing one with a thicker fabric. While it might seem counterintuitive, thicker fabrics with a bit of stretch like ponte knit will help keep everything in place and avoid over-revealing.

5. Detailing

If you have any insecurities, you might find that a bodycon dress with a bit of detailing helps you feel more confident. Zippers, peplum, ribbing and front twists can all help disguise and distract when used strategically.

6. Layers

If you find that you still feel too exposed in your bodycon dress, try adding a cropped blazer or cardigan to give you a boost of confidence. They help pull together any look and give you an extra layer to work with.

7. Choose the Right Shape

All body shapes are different, so what works for your bestie might not work for you. Figure out the part of your body you want to accentuate, like maybe your legs, cleavage, or shoulders (but not all three), and then find a bodycon dress that works to your advantage.

8. Less Accessories

You might be tempted to load on the accessories to help draw attention away from any problem spots, but they can tend to overwhelm; a bodycon dress is pretty much a showstopper on its own, so too much jewellery can make you seem heavier.