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Fashionista NOW: How To Wear Summer Wrap Dresses Fashion Inspiration

How to wear the wrap dress without looking matronly?

The wrap dress is forever intertwined with the Belgian born veteran designer Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) as she had first introduce the iconic jersey knit wrap dress in 1974.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress and von Furstenberg celebrated her signature design earlier this year at the New York Fashion Week.

For thin and tall slender-framed long-limbed lot, the wrap dress is a style that is truly made to perform. Those with more meat and curves may find the wrap style cut a challenge to wear.

If you have the luxury of purchasing the exquisitely made wrap dress from the original maker, you may find that with intricate craftsmanship and excellent fabrics ensures the best fit for your unique form. Clingy jersey material unfortunately may not be everyone’s cup of tea.

Perusing forums and sites on fashion regarding this specific dress style prompts me to gather a few tips on how to make the wrap dress work for summer.

4 ways to don the wrap dress stylishly this season:

maxi wrap dress – Maxilook

The wrap dresses made famous by DVF have various hemlines from mini to maxi. If the price tag sits outside your budget, affordable options come by aplenty.

For a beach-appropriate wrap dress styling, go sleeveless in a maxi wrap dress that’s made in breathable fabric. A wrap dress with a small repetitive geometric print in a classic color palette can be easily taken from beach to city, day to night.

A true wrap dress features a front closure formed by wrapping one side across the other, and knotting the attached ties that wrap around the back at the waist or are fastened with buttons. This design allows greater control on how loose or tight you prefer the dress to fit at your waist.

A faux wrap dress, on the other, has the appearance of the latter except that it is by default fastened together with no front opening. The fuss-free design allows for fast dressing as it’s slipped on over your head.

The type of flowy maxi wrap dress here is great for all body types.

pink spaghetti strap wrap dress – In Love With Fashion

Need a short wrap dress that throws easy breezy summer vibes? This one is for those who are comfortable with showing a bit more of the décolletage area and leggy legs.

The soft gathers at the waistline can hide a multitude of your midsection that it’s vital to choose the correct size of the dress for your body to take maximum advantage of this design.

coral long sleeve wrap dress – Love

Not a fan of exposing your arms? Well, this dress style comes with sleeves too. With a flowy wrap dress design, pay close attention to how it skims over or hug your body. Sometimes, the only way to make sure that you’ve picked the right wrap dress for your shape is to try it out in the fitting room.

Have a feel of how the fabric go over your curves. Does it feel tight at your bust, waist or hip area? Since we’re all shaped differently, this step is key.

Don’t be afraid to throw on a skinny belt if you feel the need to emphasize your curve should your wrap dress get overly slouchy.

With sleeves in the mix, make sure that you give the dress a style to check that the sleeve isn’t constrictive to your arms or that the dress hang awkwardly across the chest/shoulder.

The v-neck has an elongating side effect. A plunging neckline may be perfect for evening wear or a concert but for business, work-appropriate necklines are the best.

black lace wrap dress – Missguided

A black lace wrap dress offers edginess in spades. The fitted structure of the frock envelops and flaunts the feminine form. The out-there visual lace detail of the dress calls for a minimal dose of jewelry. Team it with sheer tights for a party.

While the body-hugging dress is kind to those with a toned waist, others with non-cooperating tummies may opt to incorporate a shapewear for a temporary slim-down effect.

For more exciting ways to wear the wrap dress, look below:

Vero Moda

sleeveless floral wrap dress – Vero Moda

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paisley print wrap dress – Etro

Crystal print dress

crystal print wrap dress – Haute Hippie

Mint Wrap Dress

light mint sleeveless wrap dress – Love

Did you know that the wrap dress made by Diane von Furstenberg was inspired by her divorce from the German Prince Egon von Furstenberg in 1972? Von Furstenberg told W Magazine:

“Usually the fairy tale ends with the girl marrying the prince. But mine started as soon as the marriage was over.”

“The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself.”Diane von Furstenberg

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Here on Fashionista NOW, our one and very own Miss Reverie showcases the latest in fashion trends and its various social implications in our everyday lives. You may read more of her at REVERIE SANCTUARY.

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