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In 1972, Diane von Furstenberg introduced the world to the first ever wrap dress, created by and for the working woman. In a decade when pantsuits were becoming the norm for both genders, von Furstenberg designed this iconic item for those wanted to feel like a woman in the workplace. While the female pantsuit broke gender stereotypes in fashion, the wrap dress was also empowering in its own way.
What initially began as a wrap top and skirt combo transformed into the legendary wrap dress. It allowed hardworking ladies to dress elegantly yet comfortably in office settings and evening events. Its versatility and style are the reasons that it survived through the decades. Although the new trends eventually took over the spotlight as the years progressed, the wrap dress never faded into obscurity. While shoulder pads are so ‘80s, the wrap dress is never considered to be outdated. It was relevant then and now, and always will be, and today’s hottest celebrities are living proof of that. Just take a look at model/actress Isabelle Daza, who wore a satiny wrap number in beige for the Bench back-to-school campaign.
Of course, not everyone loves the wrap dress, with some calling it “matronly” or claiming they don’t have the body for it. No one will ever love every single garment that comes out of the fashion industry, no matter how revolutionary or historically significant an item might be. But before you convince yourself the wrap dress is not your style, we thought we’d share a few reasons to convince you otherwise.
1) It’s easy to dress up and dress down.
Often, the best items in your wardrobe are the ones that offer day-to-night looks. Who doesn’t love versatile, easy-to-wear one-pieces? Whether you’re exploring a new city or have plans after work on a Friday, the wrap dress will adapt. As previously stated, wrap dresses are popular as workwear and evening options. Pair the dress with pumps, a blazer and a statement necklace to ring in the weekend. And when you’re on holiday, wear it with a tote and sneakers in the day, and change into beautiful sandals and a clutch at night.
2) It’s one of those rare pieces that look good on most body types.
Some people believe they aren’t built for the wrap dress, but think about the construction for a moment. The dress is made to conform to any shape, as it literally wraps around your body. By that logic, there’s no reason why you can’t tailor the frock to your figure. Compare that to silhouettes like the drop waist, empire, A-line and sheath, you get to choose how you wear the wrap dress. If you’re worried about your tummy, it’s best to find an item that ties to the side. A knot in the front will draw attention to the belly.
It’s also easier to start off with traditional wrap dresses rather than the ones with the layered fabrics sewn together. Although you can’t adjust faux wrap dresses, ones like our V-Neck Long Sleeve Loose Mini Dress can potentially look good on everyone. Because of its long sleeves and loose top, top-heavy ladies can balance their upper half with the loose skirt, and vice versa for our bottom-heavy sisters.
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3) It highlights your curves (or at least gives you the illusion of curves).
Regardless if you’re apple-shaped, an inverted triangle or have an athletic figure, the wrap dress will never fail to give you curves. Even if your waist isn’t the narrowest part of your torso, the waist of the dress, together with the skirt, will make it seem like it is! And for curvy ladies, it’ll look like they have hourglass figures. As you can see, an item like such accentuates your best parts, while concealing your problem areas.
4) It can be worn any time of year.
Not only can you wear it for different dress codes and occasions, but you can also wear it across the seasons. Heading to someplace chilly during your travels? Wear the dress with tights, boots and a coat. Hate wearing pants in the summer? Put the dress on to let your skin breathe.
So before you make any judgments on this style, give the wrap dress a shot. Once you find that one that fits your personality, you’ll wonder why you were so against the trend in the first place.
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Sheena is the lead fashion writer here at Pretty Me Philippines and has contributed articles for numerous lifestyle blogs and online publications. Other than keeping up with the latest trends, she loves baking and home DIY projects.