“I’ve always been inspired by women, and my mission was to inspire women,” said Diane von Furstenberg, who reinvented the wrap dress in the 1970s. “I would see that the wrap dress made those women confident, and made them act with confidence.”
There are only a handful of dresses that are both classic and truly on trend, both universally flattering and never go out of style. The wrap dress is one such dress, because it’s effortless and elegant, powerful and feminine, modern and timeless. It slips on like a robe, comfortable and sleek, then cinches around your waist, flattering and tasteful. And it’s classy, making it the perfect look for a wedding guest.
Spring and Summer “I Do”s
For weddings in warmer months, opt for bright colors and pastels or playful floral prints. A V-cut neckline will keep busy florals from looking too much like a 50’s housewife, as will a midi-length hemline. Alternatively, a full-length dress will look flowy and amazing on the dance floor.
When long sleeves are appropriate, step into a floor-length wrap dress. Winter months also call for luxe fabrics like velvet or satin, darker solids, or a more subdued print… and leggings or tall boots are always an option!
Accessorize Like a Pro
Tradition says that wedding guests should avoid wearing diamonds or clear-colored gemstones, out of respect for the bride – although an engagement ring of your own is always kosher! Generally speaking, understated earrings and necklaces are both appropriate and beautiful, or even colorful jewelry that coordinates with your wrap dress.
A wrap dress, especially at a wedding, calls for a few tips. For most of us, shapewear is a godsend, with a high waist and firm belly panel–ust be sure to pick one that doesn’t show lines under the waist tie. Also consider double-sided fashion tape where the dress criss-crosses at the front, so dancing at the reception doesn’t include flashing the bride’s mom!
Whether the wedding is a casual beachfront event or a black tie affair, a beautiful, flattering, and sophisticated wrap dress will never go wrong.