Trend: Wrap Skirts

Wrap skirts take me back to the ‘90s, although they featured decades before that and I wore them in the ‘70s. The oh-so-trendy nod to the ‘90s this year is more prominent than I expected. I’m not generally a fan of ‘90s fashion, but am thoroughly enjoying the redux at retail. 

Wrap skirts come in all sorts of colours, patterns, fabrics, and lengths. Silhouettes can be straight like pencils, or A-line and flared. The wrap feature on the waist and across the front of the skirt can vary greatly too. Most wrap skirts are authentic, thereby wrapping around the body like a bandage. Others are faux, which means they look like they “wrap” but the front cross-over panel is sewn down either at the waistband, or down the front of the skirt. That means there’s a zipper at the back, or it’s a pull-on style. The collection below shows a wide assortment of wrap skirts.

The beauty of the wrap skirt lies in its breezy comfort. It’s a very non-restrictive style, because the wrap detailing makes the front fall open allowing ease of movement. Even the faux versions are A-line and quite roomy. The fit is forgiving because you can wrap the style to fit the contour of the body by adjusting the ties or the position of the buttons on the waist. The versions with waist ties make a fabulous statement, and can accentuate the waist. Flowing wrap skirts are magical in motion, and there’s something sensual and soft about the silhouette.

Wrap skirts have their annoying traits too. Authentic wraps can gape in front as you stride and sit, especially when the fronts are cut skimpy and fail to cover enough of you. Styles with waist ties can be fussy and harder to layer with a topper. Most wrap skirts look best with a very cropped top, or tucked and semi-tucked top, which might not be your thing. If you like to wear untucked tops, wrap skirts are not the way to go. That said, when the wraps are faux and the waistbands are flat, untucked tops are easier to style with them.

It’s been 25 years since I wore a wrap skirt. I remember liking Summery and very flowing wrap skirts with waist ties at midi lengths combined with a tucked body-con top and slides. I’d absolutely wear that look again because it’s pretty. I also remember wearing and disliking short A-line faux wrap skirts, and will not be revisiting that look.

Over to you. What’s your take on wrap skirts? What else is good and bad about wearing them?

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Outfit Fomula: Wrap Skirt

These looks have one item in common: a wrap skirt. But the outfit vibes are very different because wrap skirts come in many variations. The way you style the skirt sets the mood of the outfit. Change up the colours and patterns to match your taste. 

1. Classically Crisp

If you enjoy wearing dressy classic structure, this look is a good way to go. It combines a simple A-line wrap with a tucked silk blouse and trendy footwear. Pointy-toe heeled mules, sandal booties, booties, ballet flats, pumps or sandals are great shoe options.

TORY BURCH Ruth Stretch Cotton-blend Wrap Skirt

2. Florally Tough

If you’re a casual gal with a hard edge, try combining a floral wrap skirt with a tee or knitted top and chunky black combat boots. Here, the tee is tucked, but you can semi-tuck, or wear a top that does not require tucking. Black combat boots work particularly well when there’s black in the pattern of the skirt. The pink bag is a fun touch.

MARQUES' ALMEIDA Floral-print Asymmetric Cotton-voile Wrap Midi Skirt

3. Romantically Ruffled

This is an unusual combination because it combines a wrap skirt AND a wrap top in a positive and negative pattern. The effect is like a two-piece dress. The wrap skirt does not have a bulky tie at the waist, which makes wearing a top over it okay. The wrap top fits very fluidly like a kimono. But a tailored version will probably be easier to wear. To my eye, the fact that the wraps fasten on the same side of the body is important. Add footwear that works with the outfit.

Zara Ruffled Floral Print Skirt

4. Casually Elegant

A Friday outfit formula would not be complete without a version with sneakers because sneakers are the shoe of our fashion era. Combine a wrap skirt with tee and sneakers, and Bob’s your uncle. The faux wrap skirt here makes things streamlined and easy. The tucked white tee is sporty yet polished. The white sneaks are crisp and pick up the white of the top. Of course, you can choose any colour tee and sneaks. But when their colours match in some way, the outfit looks visually pulled together.

Mssguided Plus Size Khaki Polka Dot Wrap Over Midi Skirt

I like the idea of a patterned ruffly wrap midi skirt with ample movement for Summer. I’ll wear it with a basic body-con tucked top and white pointy-toe ballet flats, loafers, sandals or sneakers. I’ll top it off with a denim jacket, cotton moto, or chore jacket in air conditioning.


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The Good and Bad of Wrap Tops

Wrap tops are a classic we see every season. This season they are abundant, because the waist definition works well with oh-so trendy wide cropped pants, culottes, flares, and fuller skirts. The versions that are defined at the waist complement the high rise trend because the waists are in the same place. 

I think of the wrap top as a ‘70s star although it featured well before that decade too. There are four types of wrap tops, three of which define the waist:

  1. Classic wrap tops that are hip bone length or longer with a tie at the waist.
  2. Cropped ballet wrap tops that sit on or above the waist. Fits can be body-con, tailored or fluid.
  3. Faux wrap tops that are usually fitted, and sometimes fluid.
  4. Wrap-front tops that are very fluid and surrender the waist.

The collection below showcases the four versions across assorted fabrics, colours, patterns and sleeve lengths.

On to to the pros and cons.

Good

  • Most wrap tops create a sensational V-neckline that works well on shorter necks, fuller bustlines, and broader shoulders
  • They define the waist and streamline the body thereby creating traditionally flattering proportions
  • They are fab on curvy body types
  • They elongate petites
  • They shorten a very long waist
  • They are worn over bottoms so there is no need to tuck or semi-tuck
  • Faux wraps are handy to layer under jackets and cardigans
  • Cropped ballet versions are a slam dunk combination with flared skirts
  • Fluid wrap-front versions have architectural appeal and are a good look for those who are short-waisted and/or want to conceal midsection bits
  • They can look gorgeously soft and pretty

Bad

  • Wrap tops can create an unflattering, impractical and uncomfortable fit over the bust when they’re not cut exactly right
  • V-necklines can be too low and fall open, although you could try a cami or adding a snap
  • V-necklines can be wide and unflattering on those who don’t wear them well
  • The ties of real wraps can be fussy, too long, and get in the way of toppers
  • The tie can accentuate a short waist
  • Wrap-front versions can overwhelm a small frame and narrow shoulders, and slide around the body
  • They sometimes look overly classic

Generally, the wrap top is like the little girl with the curl. When it’s good, it’s VERY good. But when it’s bad, it’s horrid. And that’s exactly how my clients feel about it. The intermittent reinforcement of finding an absolutely fabulous wrap top once in a while keeps the silhouette on their radar.

I don’t wear V-necks well unless the V-shape is created by a collared shirt or blouse, so that keeps me away from most wrap tops. Sometimes the V’s are very shallow or raised at the shoulder neck points which improves proportions for my body type. I also like some of the newer versions with high necklines. I fancy the structure of the tie at the waist and don’t find it fussy. I used to have gorgeous wraps with shallow V-necks made of mesh, and have worn cropped body-con ballet wrap tops with skirts.

When the right wrap top comes my way, I love it. How about you?

Eloquii Wrap Top with Flutter Sleeve

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EXCLUSIVE: Diane von Furstenberg Designs Minnie Mouse’s Wrap Dress for TV Special

Who wouldn’t doubt that Diane von Furstenberg and Minnie Mouse would become fast friends?
For the prime-time ABC special Nov. 4 in celebration of Mickey and Minnie Mouse’s 90th anniversary, von Furstenberg has designed a wrap dress for Minnie Mouse.
“They asked me if I’d like to do a dress for her 90th birthday, and I said ‘OK,’” said von Furstenberg. “Obviously she’s an icon and she had to have a wrap dress. I made a wrap that had lots of different cutouts so we could play with her dots and the colors of the dot and a lot of godets.”
Minnie Mouse’s dress was created by using a 100 percent silk faille fabric in white and black and hand-embroidering sequins to create the mix of polka-dot designs. The dress was sewn by hand in New York, taking 15 people nearly 35 hours to complete.
Long considered a fashion icon, Minnie has been a muse for designers, inspiring new collections and appearing in magazines and runway shows all over the world. Her classic polka-dot ensemble has been continually reimagined by the industry through the decades. Minnie Mouse, who has a reputation for being cute, playful and flirtatious, has often been portrayed as a dancer

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This Cashmere Wrap Is 50 Percent Off and Can Be Worn So Many Ways

Sweater weather is officially in full swing and if you’re like Us, then you’ve been stocking up on cozy knits. The perfect way to serve a stylishly snug look all season long, every fashionista should have a trendy design on standby. If you’re looking to upgrade your fall collection with a new piece, then you’ve come to the right place. Your pals at Shop With Us have spied a cashmere wrap that’s as sultry as it is comfy.

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Versatile in nature, this wool garment can be transformed in a variety of ways. Wear as a chic cardigan, style as a comfortable wrap, or even flaunt it as an infinity scarf to complement your wardrobe. Available in four hues, including beige oatmeal dark heather, black rock heather, grey soft heather and pink rosecloud heather, there is a shade to suit your taste.

Cruising the Nordstrom racks at $ 94.49, this design is a major steal. With cashmere pieces often retailing for well over $ 100, this budget-friendly option will be good for your closet and your wallet.

Halogen Ribbed Cashmere Wrap
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Ideal for keeping you warm in a chilly office or a stylish accent for your everyday looks, this piece is a fall must-have.

Its super soft build has made this wrap a fall essential with Nordstrom shoppers. Reviewers are in awe of its lightweight construction, while others appreciate its luxurious flair. Shoppers love its roomy design and appreciate how it can transition from day to night with ease. One shopper even shared that this knit is the perfect travel wrap to stay warm on cold planes.

Style this wrap with skinny jeans, a turtleneck and booties to seal the deal. You can even switch it up with trousers, mules, a blouse, midicoat and tote bag for the ultimate work-ready ensemble. Thinking of your next R&R session? Pair with leggings, a breezy tank and fluffy slippers to lounge in style.

See It: Grab the Halogen Ribbed Cashmere Wrap at Nordstrom for only $ 94.49 — down from $ 189 (at 50 percent off).

 

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