The wrap dress has taken many forms over the decades, though perhaps we have Diane von Furstenberg to thank for bringing them into popular consciousness. Women have been going crazy over the wrap dress since the 1970s, and with good reason. A wrap dress is timeless, naturally feminine, and drapes over a figure perfectly while highlighting the best parts.
Versatile, stylish, and flattering—there’s no reason you shouldn’t be heading out in a wrap dress. Here are just some ideas to help you get started:
How to Style a Wrap Dress
1. Get it in gray + plaid.
This mini wrap dress gives off a preppy vibe with its above-the-knee length and simple A-line silhouette. Complete the ensemble with a black leather handbag and some heels to add some edge to the look.
Meanwhile, here’s a more grown-up version with a longer hemline, a bigger flare, and wide sleeves. Black tights and ankle booties lend a chic sophistication to this outfit. Finish off your look with round specs!
2. Experiment with textures.
A maxi wrap dress is all about volume and textures—see Aimee Song's sequined wrap dress, ready for dinner till party hour! Cinch at the waist with a fabric in a different but complementary color and style, like crepe.
3. Go boho chic.
Nothing says boho chic like paisley patterns in soft, flowing fabrics and gentle ruffles. It is a great look for the summer or for strolling around at the park on a weekend. Pair with strappy sandals or Birkenstocks for a laidback vibe.
Meanwhile, a busy print can remind you of tropical getaways. Be sure to bring the island to the city in bold prints. Balance the look with black open-toed heels and a leather satchel. Don't forget to accessorize, too, while you're at it!
4. Don’t be afraid to wear bright colors.
A bold hue is a great way to wear a wrap dress, especially when it’s running short on length. This tangerine frock, for example, is vibrant enough but blends in perfectly when worn against sunny landscapes. Pair with round specs or aviators for a summer trip-friendly outfit.
5. Step out in a crisp white iteration.
You can’t go wrong in crisp, white dresses for an outfit that looks smart and put together. There isn’t much left to pile on when you have a leather belt cinched around your waist, plus a pair of mules in oxblood.
Another sunny take on this cosmopolitan staple is to sport a frayed straw hat and a wicker bucket bag. Wear with leopard-print mules for an added flair.
Meanwhile, black polka dots against white will never lose its dressy and polished feel. Pair with two-toned heels in the same shades, a structured handbag, and classic wayfarer sunglasses.
6. Get swathed in satin.
Aimee Song looks completely chic in this printed satin kimono wrap dress, with its sheen giving off a luxe feel. The blogger continues the play on textures by sporting satin-finish heels, a crocodile-print leather bag, and patterned sunglasses.
Meanwhile, a low cut collar on a wrap dress exudes sophistication, especially when your decolletage nestles a gilded necklace. Designer Maria Bernad looks absolutely chic in this glossy wrap dress in rose gold that goes well with her fringed bob and white sandals.
You can also wear a wrap dress while jaunting around the city. Put together a no-frill 'fit with a maxi satin dress with statement sleeves, just like Camille Co does here. Pair with low heels if you plan to shop all day long!
7. Wear with sneakers.
The 2010s is very big on pairing dresses and sneakers, and the wrap dress is no exception. Its simple A-line shape provides just the right amount of feminine influence to be balanced out by these kicks. To start, reach for a pair of white sneakers when wearing a printed wrap dress. This will create a laidback look while lending a well-thought out 'fit.
How about pairing contrasts? Just like this dainty floral dress teamed up with chunky, platform sneakers.
Don't know what color of sneakers to match with your printed wrap dress? Here's a nifty trick: Choose one color from the dress. It will always look cute, trust us! If all else fails, your white kicks will never let you down!