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Wearing the Wrap Dress – Sultry, Seductive and Sensational or Simply Another Dress?

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By Patricia Davidson

Wrap Dresses tend to be in soft uncrushable jersey which means they travel perfectly, they fit everywhere you want them to and can work from day to night with ease. I’ve seen this amazing style of dress worn so badly that I thought it time to re-write the rules for turning the simple wrap dress into something not just flattering and wearable but sexy and sensational as well.

Find a style that fits: Just because it wraps around you doesn’t mean it’s the right shape for your body. The difference between Diane von Furstenberg and Lauren by Ralph Lauren on you can be quite startling. Try on as many as you can and find which designer is cutting for your shape.

Make sure it’s the right length. Again it comes down to the designer some design dresses to be more up to the minute and others more classic. Have yours shortened if you need to or it may look frumpy.

Check your shoes: For day a pair of tall boots or over the knee boots gives and edgy look to a wrap dress, for evening high platform pumps work well. The wrong pair of heels can ruin the overall impression so if you’re not sure take pictures of yourself with different shoes and boots to see how you appear. Be very very careful of ‘heavy’ shoes and boots with dresses such as booties and gladiator sandals, there’s a fine line between modern and fashion victim.

Watch What’s on Show: It’s easy to display more assets than you intended in a wrap. For day you can wear a lace edged or plain camisole underneath if you need to (and make sure it’s fitted, not loose), and for night a low cut or demi bra. Make sure you don’t fall into the trap of wearing the wrong bra and no camisole, Once you’re dressed move around and make sure that the dress doesn’t move with you too much they can. Trust me, I know these things.

Wrap dresses can be the most flattering of friends and travel with you everywhere. Fixed or tied they hug your shape and always look sophisticated and ‘now’ provided you wear them effectively.

Patricia is fashion blogger for US Unlocked and author of The Shopaholic’s Top 1000 Websites, editor of and also you can find her fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog at

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