Style notes: How to find your perfect designer wrap dress online
We’ve officially crowned the magical wrap dress the queen of all dresses for its ability to trim, slim and cling in all the right places. We know how many choices a girl likes to have when she’s online dress shopping, which is why we bring you the best selection of wrap dresses. From high-end designers to cheap city street alternatives you can get it in every single color.
So take a look at our pearls of wrap dress wisdom before the fun part begins with our comparison tables and shopping!
The wrap dress: a fashionable history
The ‘wrap around dress’ was introduced by designer Diane Von Furstenberg. She created the miracle dress in 1973 for the busy seventies woman who was rushing from shome to office and needed an ‘easy-on, easy-off’ option. In four years, five million wrap dress were sold, elevating it to an iconic status and cementing its place as a signature style for DVF and a staple wardrobe essential for women.
Which style of wrap dress should I go for in 2016?
The beauty of the wrap dress is its versatility and ability to make women of all ages and shapes look like a million dollars. Whats even better, it can easily be dressed up or down or incorporated into a formal or casual look.
If you’re after a formal look or simply don’t want to flash the flesh, opt for a wrap dress with a ‘v’ that ends higher up on the décolletage or wear a cami top underneath. Dressing your wrap dress up or down can be as easy as adding some statement jewellery or a scarf in complementing colors.
Self-conscious of your upper arms or legs? A wrap dress cut in a longer length, with three-quarter or full length sleeves is perfect for you.
Those of you looking for a gorgeous Saturday-night staple can opt for a more revealing number. Sleeveless, body con or mini wrap dresses are great options for ladies wanting to flaunt those gorgeous curves.
Which style and patterns should I buy to fit my shape?
Wrap dresses make you look fabulous while they slim down that waist, enhance your bust and reduce your hips. To make the most out of your gorgeous new dress go for a cut that flatters your figure. Here’s a rundown of all you need to know:
Hourglass You have an enviously curvy figure with a defined waist and fuller bust and hips. To really maximise that gorgeous figure of yours go for a dress with detail around the middle. Think ties in contrasting colors, draping or a belt on the waist.
Pear Like many women, you are bottom heavy with a small bust. Shop for wrap dresses with more of an empire line and avoid too much detail around the hips.
Apple You tend to carry weight around your bust and middle and have enviably slim legs and hips. Go with horizontal stripes or large prints and opt for a wrap dress with an empire line and make the most of those amazing legs of yours with a shorter length and a pair of killer heels.
Tall Look for independent retailers with a dedicated ‘tall’ section. Clothes are specifically cut to flatter taller frames. Vertical patterns are a no-no as they will simply make you look taller.
Short Retailers with a petite section are great for you because the cut of the dresses will be specifically tailored to your smaller proportions. Avoid large prints and floaty fabrics that will only drown your petite frame.
Which colors of wrap dresses should I go for in 2016?
Black wrap dresses are a must-have item for any woman. If you’re after a little splash of color to liven up your wardrobe, your complexion than hair and eye color are key factors in determining which hues will best fit and flatter you.
Deep complexions You have blue, red or pink undertones to your skin and you are generally brunette with dark eyes. Bold, clear colors look great on you – think white, black, blue and red. However, neutrals, beiges and biscuit tones are best avoided. A RWD (red wrap dress, of course!) will look amazing on you.
Warm complexions You have golden or yellow tones to your skin and usually have red or brunette hair and darker skin. Your perfect color match will mimic the warm tones in your skin – camel, beige, orange and gold look gorgeous on you whereas cool tones such as blue are no-nos.
Light complexions Your skin has golden undertones and will often be a creamy white or peach color. Strawberry blonde hair and blue or green eyes are characteristic of light complexions. Warm, orange-based colors and dirty tones suit you perfectly.
Cool complexion Blue, red or pink undertones characterise a cool complexion. Your skin is often pale or pink and you have blonde or brunette hair with light-colored eyes. Pastels and lighter tones look fantastic against your skin.
Compare the latest size guides on independent retailers’ sites before you buy your new wrap dress and have a look at our size chart below for general guidance before you buy. Happy shopping!
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