How to Wear a Wrap Dress to Work
My love of dresses for work has been frequently posted about on this blog. I promise I will move beyond dresses…at least a little. : ) But with the recent post about finding a great dress and also my well documented wearing of Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses on my Instagram account, I’ve had conversations with a number of women who love the wrap dress but don’t feel comfortable wearing it to work. And if you don’t feel comfortable, it doesn’t matter how good you look. Because a wrap dress can easily be the most versatile and worn dress in your wardrobe, I thought I’d share techniques I’ve discovered over the years to feeling my best in this wonderful style of dress.
Here are my tips for wearing a wrap dress and feeling great!
1. Size up: especially if you go for a DVF dress, the sizes are smaller than other brands like Banana Republic, J Crew or Tory Burch. I wear a 2 – 4, in the brands listed above but I feel best in a size 8 DVF wrap dress. When they are smaller, they cling in a way that feels too sexy for work. and even sizing up, I can still easily wear it for a night out.
2. Shape wear: no matter how much you work out, slipping shape wear under a wrap dress makes everything better. Forget Spanx and get a few pairs of this amazing version by Victoria Secret (yes, they do some things well still). von Furstenberg herself recommends women concerned about the deep v or with larger busts wear a bodysuit, like those by Wolford.
3. Accessories: these always make a difference for an outfit, but I’ve found the biggest shift change in how you are perceived – meaning are you work ready or out for a date – in accessories with a wrap dress. For my afternoon meeting at the Fairmount, San Francisco, I wore simple, lower pumps to tone the dress down and accentuate its simple elegance. I paired that with a gold necklace and bracelet along with pearl stud earrings. Stilettos, hoop earrings and a statement necklace transition the outfit for post-work hours.