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The iconic wrap dress

There is simply no outfit which is as versatile, timeless and elegant as the wrap dress. The iconic piece was made famous by designer Diane von Furstenberg in 1972 when she united two of her previous designs, the cotton jersey shirt dress and a ballerina-style dress. The Guardian reports that 5 million wrap dresses were sold within two years after it was released, making von Furstenberg “the most marketable designer since Coco Chanel.”

Today, the wrap dress continues to reign supreme as one of the most flattering fashion pieces ever. Iconic around the world and available in a number of styles, prints and fabrics, there’s a wrap dress for every woman regardless of size, shape or age.

Why the wrap dress? The delicate fabric and consistent design of a wrap dress beautifully embraces each curve of your physique. Its soft fabric and seamless architecture hugs every curve, giving the illusion of a well-defined slim waist line, a life saver for those with a voluptuous figure. A deep neckline paired with stilettos can instantly shed an inch off a curvy figure. Pair it with lace-ups, oxford flats, layered underneath a cardigan or wear it with boots and tights. A wrap dress works well with just about any style and for any occasion.

For the ladies who consider themselves petite, invest in a mid-thigh length wrap dress as it promises to elongate your shape. Add a v-neck line to give an illusion of a longer neck. As for the taller ladies or those with a big bust, it is essential for you to find a cut which provides full bust line appropriate for your frame. This will minimize your silhouette and slender a larger frame. Draw attention to long legs with a mid-thigh hemline and draw attention away from a tummy with a wrap dress that clinches at the sides.

The wrap dress works for all ages. If you are rocking your 20s, bold, electric colours and playful patterns will keep the look young and fresh. And don’t be afraid to show off some skin. Those in their 30s should go for more traditional, classic colours such as white, black, navy blue and red. If you’re in your 40s and possibly more, you can still rock in a wrap dress. Try solid and jewel hues such as burgundy, wine and sapphire.

So forget the LBD. The wrap dress is now at the forefront of many contemporary Australian designer’s AW16 collections.

Written by Sussan Nguyen, our Women's Fashion & Beauty Expert.

Posted by Garden City on 01 March 2016 within Fashion
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