The New Classic: The Wrap Dress

The wrap dress is a wardrobe classic that’s having a resurgence in popularity of late.

And is it any wonder?

It’s basically the perfect dress for just about any woman, regardless of age, size or shape.

Just over 40 years ago, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg created the iconic wrap dress and year after year, season after season, women all over the world gravitate towards this piece. So what is it about the wrap dress that makes it such a universally loved and timeless item?

Let’s break it down…

It always fits

If you’re anything like me, your weight can fluctuate depending on the time of the month. Not that I own any scales – I can simply tell by the way my clothes fit. Whether you gain a little or lose a little, the wrap dress has got your back and will still fit beautifully. Nice to know there is an item of clothing that literally gives us some wiggle room!

Miracle material

Diane von Furstenberg’s wrap dresses are made of a jersey-silk fabric that drapes the body and feels incredibly soft. While the DVF price tag might be out of reach for a lot of us, many brands follow the designer’s lead and produce their wrap dresses from a jersey fabric. This comfortable fabric skims over curves and helps create a smooth silhouette.

Alluring illusion

The wrap dress is a little miracle worker in the way it camouflages our not-so-favourite bits and accentuates our assets. The V-neckline elongates the neck, creating an elegant silhouette and complements the bust, no matter the size. The wrap itself hugs the body while the skirt creates movement. Which added all together equals hello gorgeous!

Style it your way

Another winning element of the wrap dress is that it can be styled in a variety of ways, depending on your mood, the weather or what you’re up to that day. It can be worn with flats, heels or boots. Over leggings, tights or jeggings. Under a cardigan, blazer or coat. The wrap dress can be worn to work, on the weekend and for any occasion.

Wear it any time of year

During summer, opt for a sleeveless or short sleeve style in lightweight jersey or cotton. When the weather starts to cool, look for a wrap dress in wool and with long sleeves to keep you warm while still looking stylish. It really is the type of dress than can be worn all year round.

Feeling wrapped up in love for the wrap dress? Let’s go shopping!

The New Classic: The Wrap Dress

1. Atmos&Here ‘Collette’ Jersey Wrap Dress from THE ICONIC $69.95 | 2. Rebecca Ruby ‘Autumn Leaves’ Wrap Dress from Birdsnest $119.95 | 3. Seed Sleeveless Wrap Dress $89.95 | 4. Belle Bird ‘Belle’ Printed Wrap Dress from Birdsnest $119 | 5. Missguided Pinstripe Wrap Blazer Dress $84

Are you a fan of the wrap dress?

Bought any new ones lately?


  1. says

    How awesome is a wrap dress! So versatile no matter what your shape and size
    Sacha Drake also does an amazing one (of which I have about 12 and looking forward to stretching them over my pregnant belly as it grows!)


  2. Natasha says

    I think wrap dresses look particularly great on women who boast a slightly larger bust. As someone whose bust closely resembles a pancake however, wrap dresses are definitely a no go for me – they tend to make my already boyish figure even more boyish. Which sucks, because was you said they really are the perfect all occasion dress.

    • Sonia says

      Oh no! Really? I have a good friend who isn’t busty (at all) and she loves wearing wrap dresses. I think the key might lie in choosing a print over a plain block colour to trick the eye and also to define your waist even more by adding a belt. Having said that, if you don’t feel great in it, then wear something you do feel good in.

  3. Mish says

    I LOVE the wrap dress; it hides my lack of bust, it accentuates my waist and it skims over my pear shaped bottom and hips! I only have a couple in my wardrobe but I did buy a Vogue pattern a little while ago and have four cut out and ready to be sewn up and added to my wardrobe :)

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