How to Accessorize a Wrap Dress For Work

Hi Deborah,

I love your website and I need your help.  Are wrap dresses for women over 50 age appropriate for work?

I just purchased one that I would like to wear it to the office, but I need some tips on how to accessorize it. The neckline is quite low so I will wear a camisole, but what else do I wear with it so I look modern and professional?

Thanks, Taya from Australia

black and white Wrap dress for work

Hi Taya,

Good job on this purchase!  This is one of the best dresses for women over 40 , or of any age. It’s perfect dress for the office because it is simple, professional looking and can be worn all year long. Keep in mind that the more conservative the workplace the more conservative the color and print of your wrap dress should be.

For example, black and white wrap dresses for women, like this one (above) would be more appropriate than a sizzling red one, especially if you work in a conservative type of office like law or finance. Other than that, the key to accessorizing a wrap dress is balancing the overall look.

 

Choosing Jewelry

Taya, you can go for a long or short necklace or a combo of both.  The main thing is to be aware that your camisole neckline will affect your choice of necklace.  A camsiole with a simple, black, round neckline  is your best bet for this dress. If you wear a short chunky necklace go with one that fills in your chest area, but stays above your cami neckline a touch. You can layer a simple chain with a long one too which looks very modern. I would keep it classic for work and go with gold or silver and black. The less dangly the earring the more conservative it is. You can never go wrong with a small jewel or metal stud at work.

The Right Shoes

Other accessories to consider are your shoes and hose. They will affect the overall look of your wrap dress too. A simple pump always works with wrap dress. Wedges are a more casual but look great with a wrap dress too but they are more casual. I would avoid anything too high or strappy at work. That’s best for after hours.

This particular wrap dress has simple lines and a contemporary print so the shoes should match these style cues.  This means nothing with straps or extra embellishment.  Also, the fabric is lightweight jersey so be careful that the shoe has a finer heel – not too clunky.

Hose

Ultra sheer pantyhose are always professional and often required. In smaller, less formal offices you can sometimes get away with no hose in summer if that is allowed. Just make sure your legs look healthy and smooth. In winter time, opaque hose also work with wrap dresses particularly if you are wearing high boots.

Handbag

The more formal the workplace the more structured the bag. A structured bag commands authority.

Other Ideas

  • Dark or neutral bags are most conservative. If you do want a pop of color, then put the pop of color in the shoes or handbag.
  • You could also do a colorful bracelet
  • Toss a colorful cardigan over your shoulders if your office is air conditioned.

Here are some other wrap dresses for women our age that would be great for work.  To find out how to make a wrap dress look sexy after hours, read this post.



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  1. This dress is way too low-cut to wear at the office! I was sure you’d recommend a scarf or cami, so I’m surprised to find no mention of the neckline?