It’s touted as the simple, easy going, foolproof piece in your closet. I challenge that reputation wholeheartedly. The wrap dress has certainly earned it’s spot in my closet. Along with so many other women, I love the wrap dress for a host of reasons, not the least of which include:
- It’s often a statement piece that requires little mixing and matching. That’s the simple, foolproof part.
- It’s comfortable. That’s the easy going part.
- It’s very friendly to changing body shapes and fluctuations in shape in size. That’s also the foolproof part.
Despite all it’s glam and glory, wearing a wrap dress well is a skill, a learned practice.
It’s light and airy nature lends itself to being casually and frequently blown about by the wind. That’s indecent exposure.
The manual wrap of the dress can loosen throughout the day leaving one’s cleavage open and available for wandering eyes. That’s unprofessional exposure, presuming said wrap dress wearer is also wearing a bra. Sans bra, that’s also indecent exposure.
You can see where I’m going with this. The wrap dress, with all its greatness, carries with it some serious flaws.
That being said, let’s dig deeper. I’ve had a bit of a roller coaster relationship with wrap dresses. A long while back, I shared a series of tips to make even the most casual of wrap dresses work appropriate. Earlier this week, I wore that navy and green wrap dress again to display the power of color adding versatility and remixability (I’m making that word up because you know what it means) to your wardrobe. Those days were high points in our relationship.
In between these peaks in my soirees with my wrap dresses, I’ve also had some valleys. We’ve certainly had a love-hate relationship that hit rock bottom when I tried to stir up some wedding day nostalgia in my rehearsal dinner dress. That episode felt a bit like the Ross and Rachel version circa 1997 ~ we were on a break!! I wore a lot of other dresses after that fight, so I guess I’m taking Ross’ side on this one.
Since that day, we’ve made amends. Today’s Maggy London dress played a large part in the revival. When I eyed her at a thrift shop a few months back, a bit of a bad taste crept into my mouth. She continued to draw me in though and I caved, willing to give the relationship a second chance. Refreshed and with a renewed sense of due care I knew I had to take when wearing it, I jumped back on the wrap dress train.
I’m still a little leery of a strong gust of wind, and you’ll never see me sporting any wrap dress without a camisole or bralette chaperoning the excursion. But we’re back, and it feels right.
If you’re a fan of wrap dresses, especially if you enjoy wearing them to work, take a gander at all the goodness I linked to above. It never ceases to amaze me how some of the most conservative and well-dressed women miss the boat on the camisole and leave little up to the imagination of their bosses. The camisole may not provide the exact, streamlined look intended by the designer of the dress. But “drest” assured (yep, cheesy, I said it and you rolled your eyes while half-chuckling), the camisole is better than the cleavage show.
Do a quick check and make sure you’re not breaking any of the wrap dress rules!
Missed the links? Here’s another shot at them:
If you’d like more style ideas for the office, be sure to check out my Pinterest Board. It includes almost 1,000 pins (and I add more every day) of gorgeous, wearable, real-life style for your desk. I’m pretty sure you’ll find a few outfits you love!
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Dress – Maggy London (via Salvation Army) | Camisole – Target | Tights – Target | Boots – Aerosoles | Bag – c/o SUSU Handbags | Necklace – self-made