Why is the wrap dress so darn flattering?
Wrap dresses work for women of all shapes and sizes.
Women wrap dresses around themselves like battle armor. Spanning all sizes and all shapes, on every continent, in every town and city: in wrap dresses women conquer the world.
Wrap dresses flatter every body shape.
They create a feminine silhouette, skim over the lumps and bumps, and add dimension in the right places.
Wrap dresses BOTH make thin, “rectangle-shaped” women look curvy, and have a slimming effect on plus sizes. Nothing else does that. No other single piece of clothing can accomplish both those things. It’s optical magic.
And this, in short, is why the wrap dress is just about the most flattering style of dress for most women, period.
If wrap dresses were a blood type, they’d be O-, the Universal Donor.
Apple shaped women LOVE wrap dresses because the V-line draws attention up to our bust.
Wrap dresses with belts and ties that lie above the belly-button are best, because we want to emphasize the smaller part of our midsection. For most apples, that is closer to the bust than to the waist itself.
Wrap dress skirts that flare work to minimize issues with our lower belly. The line of the “wrapped” part of the dress distracts from the roundness of our belly.
By “line”, I mean the extra flap of material from the part of the dress that wraps over and overlaps on the front. It’s an automatic, built-in way to make torsos more elongated.
So, we’ve established that wrap dresses are optical magic, providing shape where needed and length where needed. What else?
Wrap dresses are comfortable as can be. I like to think of them as the classy, fitted bathrobes we’re allowed to wear outside the house. In wrap dresses, women can feel simultaneously cozy, sexy, an confident 🙂
Maybe it’s a windy day, and you don’t want your wrap dress blowing all over kingdom come. Maybe it’s hot out. Or maybe you’re shopping, and discover a really adorable faux wrap dress and wonder if it would still work for your apple shape?
That’s a completely fair question. In fact, these days, it’s probably more common to find faux-wraps than actual wrap dresses when you’re out in the store.
But what’s the difference between a wrap dress and a faux wrap dress?
Faux wrap dresses are all one piece. They don’t have the “extra” panel of fabric that a wrap dress has across the front.
Because of this, for apples, it’s best if the faux wrap dress is made from a material with a print or pattern that camouflages the tummy, like the dress on the model in the image above right.
If the faux wrap dress is one solid color, look for style touches like rouching or draping at the place on your side where the faux wrap gathers. Mini-apples (as well as rectangle shapes) will automatically be given more of a waistline in this style of dress.
That’s a Wrap!
(Sorry, I can never resist an opportunity to make a stupid pun.)
In previous posts I have evangelized about the importance of wrap dresses for apple shaped women, and encouraged my fellow apples to own several of them.
I hope this article has helped to show why they are such a good choice, and the benefits (and ease!) of having several in your closet arsenal.
As always, please reach out with any ideas, comments, or questions, or just reach out to gush about how much you love wrap dresses.
PS: because I go a little insane when I think about and research dresses, and I bookmark everything under the sun, I started a Pinterest to showcase all the things I love for apple shaped women.
Take a look, and feel free to follow (I always follow back!)
I look forward to hearing from you!