When it comes to dresses, the women’s wrap dress is among the most versatile and flattering. It’s particularly well-suited to plus-size figures because of the way it conforms to and highlights the body’s natural curves, making the person wearing it look and feel their absolute best. A wrap dress is, by definition, a dress that closes in the front by wrapping one side of the dress over the other and then tying it together to form a V-shaped neckline. Many wrap dresses come already fastened together permanently for a more secure look for the wearer and can be put on by simply slipping them over the head. The dress is known for coming in a wide range of bold colors and fun patterns, making the person wearing it stand out in a crowd while maintaining a subdued elegance. Generally made in flowy synthetic fabrics, the wrap dress is meant to move with you, with its slightly flared cut offering an air of dynamism to your overall look. The wrap dress has such versatility that it can be worn in any season — here’s our advice on how to do so.
With spring’s changeable weather, some days, we’ll lean toward our long-sleeved wrap dress, while on others, we’ll go for a short-sleeved or sleeveless dress. We keep all of these in our spring rotation and have several on hand to break out no matter the weather! The plus-size fit and flare dress is a stylish spin on the wrap dress, with its gorgeous silhouette and secure design that allows you to put it on over your head, and closes completely in the front with no openings. In the springtime, try styling your wrap dress or fit and flare dress with a light jacket in a material like leather or denim. A light jacket that falls just at or below the waist is a flattering addition to your spring wrap dress look, highlighting the contours of the waist and drawing attention to our upper half and neckline. Pair your spring plus-size wrap dress with some cool sneakers or Chelsea boots if the weather is still a little nippy or with some strappy sandals if it’s warmer out.
The plus-size wrap dress truly shines in the summer, when it can be on full display under the sun. In the summer, we adore wearing our fit and flare wrap dress to work, where it can be dressed up with a pair of statement earrings and a wedge heel while still keeping us comfortable with its easy fit. We also enjoy wearing it to the beach and love that Lands’ End makes a plus-size cover-up wrap dress for us to wear to the beach and throw on over our suits for trips to the boardwalk or snack bar. The cover-up wrap dress can be worn all day long, too, easily transitioning into an evening look perfect for a nice dinner out or an event with friends and family. In the summer, the wrap dress pairs well with anything from flip-flops to high heels and can easily be dressed up or down according to the occasion.
When the temperature starts to drop at the end of the summer, it’s an excuse to pull out our long-sleeve or three-quarter-sleeve wrap dress, which is a perfect outfit to step into the season with. We love wearing our long-sleeve wrap dress with a blazer or light jacket in the fall, along with a pair of leather boots. The wrap dress regained popularity in the 1970s, so throw it back to that period with knee-high heeled boots, which complement the plus-size wrap dress and help to lengthen the frame.
The seasons change, but our love for the wrap dress stays the same. Come winter, we continue to find a variety of ways to wear the wrap dress, switching out bare legs for tights or leggings underneath and wrapping up in our warmest winter coats on top. We may throw a blazer or cardigan over our wrap dress when it’s cold in the office or when we need an extra layer between our dress and our outerwear. It makes for an effortlessly elegant look. Pair your winter wrap dress with a gorgeous statement necklace and pair of waterproof boots, and you’re ready to go.
The wrap dress has proven its versatility over time and is a staple of our wardrobe no matter the season. Check out the links below for more tips and tricks from Lands’ End!