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It’s Official: The Wrap Dress Is The Dress You Must Have This Summer

The slip dress is not over, but let's just say that the breeziness of wrap dresses should not be underestimated. Here, 12 guaranteed to get the double taps.
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In 1974, Diane Von Furstenberg revealed the wrap dress. It hugged at all the right places, it freed at all the right places. All that had to be done was hitch it on like a robe, wrap the two sides of the dress over the front, tie a knot and you were set. The dress didn’t even have to touch your hair. From that point on, Diane Von Furstenberg became a legend and the wardrobes of women the world over and in the decades to come were changed forever.

Von Furstenberg’s wrap dress still remains relevant today, but it has also inspired many to reinterpret the silhouette in numerous ways. The underlying technique and its benefits, however, always remain the same: it wraps around the body, nipping the figure at the waist whilst providing plenty of movement – and breeze – for the legs. Simply put, it was and is the ideal hot-weather dress for the woman on the go.

While it is hard to pinpoint how the resurgence of the wrap dress happened in the recent season, the wrap dress, now shorter than its predecessor and often with fuller sleeves and ruffles, is undeniably the cool girl uniform of the summer. Like the basket, crotchet and bucket – or all of the above – bag. Like gold medallion necklaces. Polka dots and dotty florals are the go-to, but we’re not saying no to island-inspired prints either (which is coincidentally by Diane Von Furstenberg!).

If you still haven’t found your perfect wrap dress to wear all hot weather long, we have 12 below in a myriad of silhouettes, materials and prints that will fit perfectly into your summer’gram.


Rixo London Iris printed crepe wrap dress


Borgo De Nor Isadora printed satin maxi dress


Ganni Wilkie striped silk and cotton-blend seersucker wrap dress


Alexachung floral-print chiffon wrap mini dress


Ganni Tilden floral-print mesh wrap dress


Madewell ruffled floral-print crepe de chine dress


Faithfull The Brand Poppy wrap-effect floral-print crepe mini dress


Mara Hoffman Ingrid gingham crinkled-cotton wrap dress


Rebecca Vallance Flores ruffled printed crepe wrap mini dress


Alice + Olivia Rosette devoré-chiffon wrap dress


Miu Miu ruffled printed georgette wrap mini dress


Diane Von Furstenberg floral-print cotton and silk-blend mini wrap dress

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