Generally, when you think of wrapping something, you envision a gift, or a present, or a box. How about wrapping yourself up in an adorable, darling and always knock-out wrap dress?
The wrap dress was popularized in 1972 when Diane von Furstenberg displayed a knitted jersey wrap dress that was knee-length and long sleeved. The wrap dress is a dress with a front closure formed by wrapping one side of the dress material across the other side, and knotting the attached ties that wrap around the back at the waist, giving the garment a “wrapped” look. This dress style forms a V-shaped neckline and hugs a woman’s curves in all the right places!
Wrap yourself in wonder wrapping splendor!
Wrap dresses achieved their peak in popularity in the mid to late 1970s, and the design has been credited with becoming a symbol of women’s liberation and power in the 1970s. Wrap dresses experienced renewed popularity in the 1990s.
Wrap Dress Fun Fact: Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dress is part of the collection in the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, due to the dress’s influence on fashion!
In addition to knitted jersey, wrap dresses can be found in other materials, such as cotton, silk and satin. Due to the stretchy and comfortable flexibility provided by the wrap dress, many women find the wrap an ideal garment to wear as maternity clothing, while still maintaining up-to-the-minute style.
A wrap dress is a great, versatile piece of clothing to have in your closet. With a slim-fitting top and a looser skirt, often with extra material across the bust and the stomach, the wrap look enhances the bust while accentuating and slimming the waist, and flattering the stomach.
In addition to dresses, wrap skirts provide the wearer with just as much fashion fun and a comfortable, non-binding waist!
As with all clothing, keep the print and pattern in mind that works best for you when you are purchasing a wrap dress. Wear colors, styles and prints that flatter you and satisfy you completely.
Wrap dresses can be worn as work attire, daytime attire or evening attire. If you would like to wear a wrap dress to work, but feel that the V-neck is too plunging for the office, you may choose to wear a camisole or a tank top underneath, or a blazer or a cardigan over the top.
If you have worked all day in a cozy wrap dress, and you would like to wear the same wrap dress that evening, simply fancy the dress up with a more feminine, higher heeled shoe, and dainty or flashy accessories and jewelry! An easy approach to a classier look!
One nice feature about the wrap dress is that, where the two sides of material overlap and tie, you usually get a nice, big, beautiful bow to accentuate your waistline!
Some women choose to wear leggings with the wrap dress, for a more mod, trendy look. If you are attending a picnic, or an outdoor event, flip-flops or sandals would emit a summery, casual vibe with your wrap dress. Numerous beachwear cover-ups wrap around for easy, comfortable wear.
Wrap Dress Jersey Knit Fabric Tip: The jersey knit fabric often used with the wrap dress is not prone to wrinkles, so this is an ideal garment to wear on an airplane or to pack into a suitcase without having to worry about your clothes pruning up and needing a desperate ironing!
Wrap yourself dainty and darling in a wrap dress!
A “faux wrap dress” resembles the wrap dress design, except that the dress comes already fastened together with no opening in front, but instead the garment is slipped on over the head!
Be it a real wrap dress, or a faux wrap dress, wrap yourself into a pretty, fashionable package dressed in wrap garment elegance!
Purchase yourself a vogue wrap dress, and when you are draped in the gorgeous garment, put together from head to toe exquisiteness, check your look in a full length mirror and say, “It’s a wrap!”
The world will speak the words with you as you strut down the street in sassy wrap style!
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has woven her love of detective work and her fashion fetish into her books. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style blog http://www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano, and her author “like” Facebook fan page, Nancy Mangano.