Feel like a woman, wear a dress! Those were the words of Diane Von Furstenberg in 1974 when she first debuted her iconic wrap dress. Created as an alternative to the masculine dress for success suit, the wrap dress is still a worldwide fashion favorite to this day. What makes it so popular?
A wrap dress defines the waist, lifts the bust and gives every woman a fantastic hourglass figure. It’s feminine, but powerful – a symbol of the modern woman.
Here’s how to wear a wrap dress with style!
1. Wear a Wrap Dress with Shapewear
Wrap dresses are designed to skim your body and highlight your curves. Since they are usually made from silk jersey and other soft, stretchy fabrics they tend to show any lumps and bumps. Some good quality shapewear will take care of all that making your dress look even better than it already does.
Look for shapewear with a firm tummy panel and a high waist. I like Spanx High Power mId-Thigh Shaping Short which goes right up under your bust. I’m also a fan of Spanx Encore Open Bust Mid Thigh Shaper Bodysuit.
2. Adjust the Neckline
Wrap dresses tend to come open where the dress crisscrosses at the bust. If you are worried about revealing too much cleavage, use some two-sided dressing tape at the point of the crisscross. You can also try pulling the neckline in place, then pin it near your waist where the dress crisscrosses. If you try to pin at the top of the dress by your cleavage you are going to see the dress pull.
The other easy fix is to wear a stretchy camisole or tank top underneath your wrap dress. It’s perfectly fine to see a bit of that peeking through to cover your cleavage, especially at work.
3. Have Fun with a Push-up Bra
A wrap dress plays up your bust. If you are on the small side, a wrap dress will create the illusion of a bigger bust. Add a pretty padded push-up bra when you want even more curves.
4. Try Layering
A long cardigan worn over a wrap dress creates a cozy, chic look. A structured jacket adds polish and authority, especially at work.
5. Solid Colors are Slimming
A solid color wrap dress will make you look slimmer than a print wrap dress. This is especially true if the dress is a dark color such as navy or black. A solid colored wrap dress is most appropriate when you work in a conservative office or are attending a conservative function.
6. Vertical Prints Elongate
7. Choose the Right Pattern Size
8. Heels look Best
This type of dress looks best on grown-up gal when it is worn with a medium to high heel. The formality and the size of print will dictate the thickness of the heel. The wilder the print, the chunkier you can go with the heel. That means you can do anything from a more delicate heel to a block heel or wedge.
If your wrap dress is on the short side ( a couple of inches above the knee), you can get away with pretty flats. You may have seen younger gals wear a wrap dress with lace-up sneakers but is a very funky look and not the most flattering look for mature women.
9. Add some Jewelry
Wrap dresses work with any kind of jewelry. For work, wear conservative jewelry in gold or silver. This could include a classic necklace, tennis bracelet, earrings that sit close to the ear (ie, studs or small hoops) a luxury watch, etc. Bracelets or cuffs look especially great on 3/4 length sleeve to wrap dresses.
For after work, you can have more fun with your jewelry. It can be bigger, more colorful, more sparkly and have more dangle. Match your jewelry to the theme of your dress. A tropical print wrap dress calls for exotic wood/raffia/ hammered metal jewelry with beads, stones whereas a pink garden floral print wrap dress would look good with daintier more romantic jewelry.
10. Go For Quality
Plus, a wrap dress travels like a dream. It’s lightweight so that you can throw it in your bag, and it’s always super comfy because it’s typically made from a soft jersey silk fabric or a rayon blend. Maybe it’s time you tried a wrap dress too?
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