First made iconic by Diane von Furstenburg all the way back to the 1970s, the wrap dress continues to be a staple in the modern woman’s wardrobe. Not only does it flatter all body types with its waist-defining feature, but it’s also appropriate for any age. If you think about it (hypothetically, of course) a classic black wrap dress would look equally good on you as it would on your mom or your teenage sister.
But perhaps the best part is that you can wear this dress style in different occasions. From the office to out-of-town trips to chill days with friends to formal events to nights out, the possibilities are endless. All you need is the right styling for this timeless piece—and that’s what we’re here to help you with. Keep scrolling for outfit inspiration!
1. Take it from day to night.
Some wrap dresses you can wear from the office and then straight to your evening plans. The best pick for this would be a tailored style with a collar and lapel. To illustrate this point, blogger Pia Padre opted for a rust colored dress and paired it with classic block heels. To make the look more nighttime appropriate, all you have to do is change up your styling. Throw your hair up and swipe on a bold red lippie, and there you have it!
No time to change shoes or retouch your makeup? Put on some statement earrings to draw they eye to your face just like model Kaila Estrada and you’re good to go.
2. Feel pretty in prints.
The more prints, the merrier—and we’re not just talking about clothes. Take a cue from blogger Cha Ocampo and how she utilizes her accessories for a more eye-catching look. She paired her printed frock with a snakeskin purse and balanced out the look with neutral-colored heels and accessories in subtle tones.
3. Bring out the trainers.
It’s already a given that you can wear your wrap dress with white sneakers, so why not try it out with your chunky trainers? Go for a neutral colored pair, especially if your dress is already bright and lively enough like Georgina Wilson’s.
4. Be a frill-seeker.
Because a little ruffles and frills go a long way. Blogger Tracy Ayson complements her fluttery-hemmed piece with a pair of flower drop earrings and a rattan purse for a look that is both sunny and feminine.
5. Make it monochromatic.
How about matching your wrap dress with the rest of your outfit? Model Elena Ortega goes for a dress in a subtle rose color reminiscent of Pantone’s Rose Quartz and paired it with similar colored furry asymmetrical stilettos. (If you want to take it a step further, we'd add on a blush-hued purse and finish the look off with a pink silk ribbon around a ponytail.)
Or if you prefer a brighter hue that pops, do it like blogger Laureen Uy. She matched her turquoise dress to her Gucci purse and cat-eye sunnies for a playful look that will suit any daytime occasion.
6. Wear it with pants.
Remember pairing your dresses with jeans back in the mid-00’s? While that trend has yet to make a comeback, you can wear your wrap dress over skinny jeans. Bloggers Kally Araneta and Jessa Velasquez top their looks off with a belt to make it look like a makeshift blazer.
7. Have a little something for the festivities.
Dress to the nines with sleek dresses in festive colors and shiny accessories, just like bloggers Vina Guerrero and Patricia Prieto.
Meanwhile, Jasmine Curtis-Smith adds a touch of romantic youth to her look with puff sleeves and minimal accessories.
Blogger Kryz Uy makes a case for dressy color blocking with her two-toned frock.
8. Bigger, brighter, bolder.
With those poofy sleeves and polka dots in a vivacious color, Sunnies co-founder Bea Soriano-Dee looks every inch like a modern grown-up Barbie.
Leave it to Heart Evangelista to emulate elegant maximalism with an intricate pattern that makes quite the statement.
9. Coat it up.
Ditch the belt and wear your long wrap dress like a coat for a look that is très chic like Laureen Uy and Nicole Andersson. And whether your main colors are neutrals or brights, a splash of color on your shoes and bag won’t hurt.
10. All pink-ed up and ready to go.
Channel your inner Victoria’s Secret angel (minus the gigantic wings) with a pink robe-dress in a shiny fabric. Check out how Liz Uy and Jaz Reyes truly make the streets their runway.
11. Beach is better.
Like blogger Sophia Ramos, put your wrap dress over your favorite swimsuit for a no-fuss cover-up. Opt for nautical stripes and tropical prints to keep it light. Don’t forget the sunglasses and sunscreen!
Blogger Melissa Gatchalian goes for a flowy sundress and gladiator sandals, topped off with a straw hat and bag. If this look doesn’t say effortless resort chic, then we don’t know what will.
12. Add a dose of retro for good measure.
Model Kara Gozali pays homage to earlier decades with polka dots, bright hues, puff sleeves, penny loafers, and oversized specs.
13. Paint the town sparkly.
Dressing up for nights out sometimes requires you to go big or go home—and Sarah Lahbati does the former through a sequined silver wrap dress paired with thigh-high boots. Cap off this look with a sleek updo to keep it polished and classy.
14. Meet up in the midi.
The midi-length wrap dress is perfect for both dress-up and dress-down days. It’s all about finding (or tailor-fitting) the length that flatters your frame most. Best to wear some strappy low heels to balance it out, too. Kat Valdez’s floral cold-shoulder sundress can be worn on either weekend brunch outs, garden parties, or both in one day.
Have a day full of errands? Faye Balogo’s black frock is a study on understated minimalism—great for women on the go.