Wrap Dresses

"Universal Figure-Flattering Dress for All Occasions"


Wrap dresses are the most timeless pieces any woman can have. Ever since Diane von Furstenberg introduced them to the fashion world in 1972, celebrities such as Princess Diana took on the trend.

Black wrap dress
Courtesy of Old Navy

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What's fabulous about the wrap dress is that it consists of 3 self-confidence boosters which are:
  • Waist trimmer
  • Bust enhancer
  • and
  • Hip reductor

And of course, the one thing many men like about them is: The alluring but teasing wrap at the bust that they're not allowed to open! ;-)

It's definitely the perfect clothing for looking and feeling tastefully sexy and classy. It basically pulls the boobs forward for a perkier look, separates the bust and defines a waist! Not to mention that it's versatile - given the fact that it doesn't look too formal or casual.

You can wear it for both work and play - wear it to the office with a pair of sophisticated pumps and a classy leather tote bag, or go trendy by teaming it up with fun lace leggings and platform gladiator shoes. Trés chiqué!

How to Select the Perfect Wrap Dress

Make your first purchase a basic one

Black wrap dress
Black Plus Size Dress via Kiyonna


Although they are available in a plethora of trendy styles, the black (or dark navy blue) wrap dress won't fail you.

A dark neutral is is versatile and goes with anything - and can be worn in multiple ways to reflect your personal style. You can throw on a faux fur vest for instant glam; or bangle bracelets and a multiple beaded necklace for a casual Boho look.

Other basic details to look for are knee-length hem, 3/4 sleeves, nipped waist and not least a solid neutral.

If you love this type of classy dresses - then build on your basics with trendier ones - I particularly like the Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress range because of the variety and the fun prints.

The right length

The most flattering length of a dress is at the knee or shorter. It shows more of the legs - making you look lean and chic. Longer hems - especially on a wrap dress - are on the frumpy side. If you're an office gal, then keep the hem at knee length.

If you're petite and/or have short/full legs you'd want to make sure that the hem doesn't hit the the thickest part of your calves because it'll only overpower your legs and stature - making you look stumpy.

The right hemline shape

Black wrap dress
Courtesy of Lord & Taylor
Getting the hem shape is important to make sure that the dress will flatter your body figure.

Basically, a flare hem is universally flattering because it draws the eye outwards and away from curves which is great for bottom-heavy gals - as well as fake curves on a woman with straight hips.

However, a tapered hem also gives a little *oomph* to curves and will also create hips and thighs on a Rectangle body shape.

Avoid a straight hem if you have a very full (plus size) or very slim (skinny Rectangle) as the shape can emphasize your body figure.

Advice for petites

One tricky thing is that the v-neck tend to go really low on a short torso and won't hang well on you (unless you have an average-to-large bust). Sometimes, altering the garment won't fix the issue because you need a garment that suits your proportions.

Because of this my conclusion is that most "regular" sized dresses won't look flattering on you (unless you have a long torso, compared to legs) - so you have to search for styles designed exclusively for petites instead. This can be the downside because there aren't many companies who offer a varied petite clothing range. However, I discovered that Banana Republic offers classic and beautiful wrap dress styles for petites that you might want to take a look at.

The right print

Black with white print wrap dress
Print dress via Lord & Taylor
Choose prints wisely as they tend to make most of us (even supermodels) look frumpy.

A super-important pointer is to always select prints that go hand in hand with your body scale - like for example if you're a plus size opt for bigger prints, or if you're petite skinny choose smaller prints to avoid overpowering your silhouette.

If you're a petite plus size I suggest a medium-scale print (not small nor large) but with a vertical shape to help draw the eye up and down.

    fashion tip Note: Buying a print wrap dress is a great way to conceal and even accentuate curves - so be mindful of where the print is located on your body figure.



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