New twists on the 70s classic.
Diane Von Furstenberg in her iconic design.
The wrap dress has been around for ages (a toga is a type!) but in its modern, work-friendly incarnation, it dates to the 1970s, when womenswear pioneer Diane von Furstenberg debuted the garment as part of her collection for modern women. Flattering, versatile, and often turned out in travel-friendly jersey, the wrap dress has been a staple in the closets of busy yet stylish women ever since.
Timeless in appeal, a 1970s-era DVF wrap dress would look as stylish today as it back then — testament to the design’s enduring appeal. Thankfully, you don’t need to limit yourself to vintage to get this classic look: versions of wrap dresses are available in almost every major store this season, complete with updated twists like stretch micro-fabric or modern prints. Pair yours with tights, boots and a chunky necklace for a casual look, or vamp it up with heels and dangly earrings for workplace chic.
Scroll down to see our suggestions for wrap dresses for fall.
DKNY Three-quarter sleeve V-neck wrap dress, $325, DKNY
Gemma wrap dress, $98, Banana Republic
Faux-wrap sash dress, $139, Talbots
Julian wrap dress, #325, DVF
Ralph Lauren Black Label Belted cashmere and silk blend dress, $1300, Net-a-Porter