Some women brag they haven’t worn one since the Reagan administration. Others embrace them.
And, really, what is better than a dress? Throw it on, easy breezy, and you are ready to go. Make it casual with a jean jacket and Converse sneakers or glam it up with pearls and heels. Usually I pair it with flats and a cardigan, and I’m good to go.
Have you ever considered giving a wrap dress a try? You actually have two options:
- A wrap dress usually has a front closure made by wrapping one side across the other, tying the sash at the back or at the hip, and hidden buttons may be involved. They almost always have v-necklines.
- A faux wrap dress is very similar, except that it made to be slipped over the head. There is no opening in front, and usually has an empire waistline.
They reached icon status in the early 1970s with Diane von Furstenberg’s designs. While many people hailed her wrap dress as revolutionary, the design is actually an old one. British-born designer Charles James created what the christened the “taxi dress.” While it looks innocent enough, he cheekily suggested he called named it so it could be put on and taken off in the back of a taxi.
Take a look at it and decide what you think:
Diane von Furstenberg certainly popularized the look, and it’s easy to see why the wrap dress is a staple in many women’s closets:
- They were created to hug the curves of every woman, no matter if she is hour-glass shaped or has a rectangular silhouette.
- Faux wrap dresses are even more flattering because they accent the chest and the empire waistline ensures the stomach and hips aren’t an issue.
- Bright and bold patterns and vibrant colors make the wearer stand out in a crowd.
- Lengths can suit any desired hemline, from mini- to maxi-skirts.
- It is favored by famous women from Michelle Obama to Kate Middleton.
- It is seen as a symbol of feminism and women’s liberation because it is easy to put on and even easier to take off.
Unfortunately for us plus-size women, DVF only goes up to a straight size 14 in her couture and ready-to-wear line. So where does that leave us?
If this article has whet your appetite for wrap dresses, there are several plus-size designers who offer beautiful wrap dresses:
- My personal favorite is Igigi. They do mostly faux wraps, and I have one I live in during the fall and winter months, as well as my LBD. Made in San Francisco, I can personally attest to their quality and excellent cut. $128-$180.
- Kiyonna probably has the largest selection of plus-size wrap dresses. They offer both classic and faux wrap dresses in a wide variety of patterns and solid colors. I have never worn one myself, but one look at the reviews of the dresses on their site will tell you how much their customers love them. $60-$118.
- ASOS Curve also has most faux wraps ranging from casual to formal/wedding guest quality. $24-106.
- Ashley Stewart has a lovely selection of mostly faux wraps, many on sale as of the time of this writing (July 2017). I really like the variety of patterns they offer, from python to bold, tropical colors. $26-$60.
- Retailers such as Lane Bryant, Macy’s Saks, Neiman’s, and Nordstrom’s carry wrap dresses as well, but it depends on their stock.
Because it hugs your curves and is so easy to wear, why not give a wrap dress a try? With such a large range of price points and styles, add one to your capsule wardrobe. And who knows? You may have found yourself a new fashion addiction!
Have you ever worn a wrap dress? Comment below!
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