Easygoing Wrap Dresses Are Figure-Flattering, Chic Fashion Statement

Wrap dresses have been an enduring 1970s style since Diane Furstenberg revolutionized fashion with this simple idea.

The wrap was the perfect design for the sexual revolution -- zipless, buttonless, held in place with a string tie at the waistline.

You can take it on and off as easily as a bathrobe.

When this style of fashion dresses is well-cut and fits your figure, it offers comfort and femininity. It is versatile, moving easily from day to evening with proper shoes and accessories.

Softly Draped Fabric Works Best

A knit fabric with a bit of stretch skims over your curves, making it a perfect textile for this dress design.

Choose a fabric that is light and drapes in flowing lines.

A bias cut skirt maximizes the look of natural glamor.

Be sure to look in a three-way mirror to see how this style looks from the back.

The skirt should hug your hips, then flare gently outward to swirl around your legs.

A length slightly above or below the knee is flattering for most legs. A long skirt is appropriate for evenings and entertaining.

Faux Front Can Be Design Plus

There is one tiny defect in wrap dresses for us gals who are less well-endowed: The front V of this chic 1970s fashion may slip into revealing positions. A pin rarely helps. All that does is torture the fabric into over-stretched lines.

If you are full-figured, you absolutely must check your side view as you move around. I have seen women displaying almost everything, even when standing straight in an elevator.

I overheard one woman explaining her technique of wearing a cami or tee under revealing tops for her business environment this way: "You can't be boob-alicious here."

The faux front does away with this embarrassment.

Short-Waisted Women May Have a Problem

Another fitting problem arises for short-waisted women.

The skirt may develop an unflattering bubble directly underneath the seam where the top meets the skirt -- and right above your butt.

The more curvacious your posterior, the more likely you are to have this sign of poor fit.

A good seamstress may be able to create some false shirring, but I'd advise against buying the dress without knowing for sure if this can be fixed to your satisfaction.

A soft fabric also may adjust to your figure and conceal this defect.

Whether you choose a tie-front or faux-front, this versatile style projects confidence and sensuality and are here to stay.

Another dress style that has emerged as a contemporary classic from the 1960s-1970s era is the ladylike, figure-flattering sheath dress.

What's New | Contact | Home


Sign up for the Fashion After 50 newsletter.




Don't worry -- your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Special Offers.



Avenue.com Plus Size Clothing

Shop BeallsFlorida.com

Boscov's Department Stores

ExOfficio | Adventure Travel Outfitters


Kohls Department Stores Inc

NOVICA logo with white background

PeruvianConnection.com Logo 88x31

Shop Wilsons Leather Today!

Deal of the Week

Shop at Zappos.com