My Pick of the Week: The Classic Wrap Dress

Classic Wrap Dress- DVFThis week I am starting a new feature called “My Pick of the Week.” I wanted to start with the basics and what is sure to be a staple in every woman’s closet:  the wrap dress.

Originated by Diane von Furstenberg in 1972, the wrap dress now comes in all sleeve lengths and has an attached self-belt that ties around the waist keeping it secured. It is usually produced in a knit fabric.

The classic wrap dress is recession-proof as it will remain in style regardless of what is on the runways. You can always be "on trend" wearing the classic wrap by updating the accessories you wear with it.

It's great for moms-to-be. My sister-in-law wore her wrap dress almost to the end of her pregnancy. She simply adjusted the dress to conform to her shape. It was very adaptable and served her well both in fashion and economics. During and even after pregnancy, your DVF wrap can become your BFF.

Because most of the wrap dresses you find are in a jersey fabric, they are the best traveling pieces for business or leisure trips. You can fold them up, toss in your suitcase, take them out at your destination and wear it at dinner that night. It is just that easy.

The wrap dress follows your curves and shows off your waist. Believe me--even if you don’t have a significant waist, the wrap dress will create one for you. Wrap dresses look even better on women with curves! It works really well for women who are busty and also serves to help conceal curves that you want to camouflage.
The wrap dress easily transitions from work to play. It is perfect for both settings. You can keep it simple for work by adding a blazer or cardigan but change it up with new accessories for a night out. It is a very adaptable dress.

When I dress women at Lee Lee's Valise, I talk out loud as I adjust their wrap dresses. Some customers tell me that they hear my voice in the morning as they are getting dressed. This is what they hear:

  1. Make sure the seams are on your shoulders.
  2. Check your princess seams on your back. Feel them. Make sure they are even and centered.
  3. Fix your sleeves. Most women come out of the dressing room with the sleeves all twisted up! This just makes your arms look bigger and that the sleeve appears tight and ill-fitting.
  4. I like to exaggerate the first cross of the body with the inside portion of the dress (I will get back to this part at the end.)
  5. Then wrap the second layer over--while paying attention to where your princess seam lies--it should start at your nipple and stream straight down to the hem. If you pull it over too much (never to the belly button) this will change the shape of the dress.
  6. Instead of crossing the belly with the tie, bring it around the back and tie it to the side. This keeps the eyes moving away from the belly.
  7. Now you can open up your neckline and be confident that it is secure and will not open up at an inopportune moment!

There is a wrap dress for every budget.
On the higher end, I found the Jeanne Wrap Dress in Vintage Tribal Diamond Green by Diane Von Furstenberg (as shown above). I fell in love with the print. The detailing of the collar and the cuff is classic! It ranges in sizes 0-14.

On the lower end, I found the Mossimo Black Wrap Dress in Plum from Target. I love the v-neck and details on the shoulders. A great color for the season! It ranges in sizes small to xx-large.

Of course, my favorite is the plus-size Olivia Harper Wrap Dress in Navy Squares. You can change up this dress by adding in any color of the season from eggplant to mustard. This is an adjustable wrap dress with princess seams front and back that you can adjust for the perfect fit! It ranges in sizes 10-28.

Remember it is all about how this wrap dress drapes on your body. Watch out for clingy light-weight fabrics (they tend to give away your secrets) and look for print or color that is contemporary, flattering and fun.

Do you have a wrap dress in your closet? Do you plan on wearing it this season?

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