There are times when, “a dress is just a dress.” But in the case of the seventies Wrap, a dress becomes something much more. “These easy-on, easy-off knits sometimes referred to as little “slinkies,” and best worn sans underwear had become “a manifesto for the liberated woman of the 1970s.” said Diane Von Furstenberg.
Design-wise, there is nothing extraordinary about this simple, universally flattering shape dress. Wrapping, of course, is an ancient technique that predates sewing, and surplice dresses existed for decades before the incarnation of the wrap dress. Yet when the side-tie frock collided with soft-and-easy and, better yet, impossible to wrinkle knit jersey in the late sixties, it was indeed a revolutionary moment. The look became all wrapped up in the dramatic changes roiling women’s lives.
Today that style is still the best we have ever seen. I wore one of my favorite wrap dresses this week in celebration of its 40 years of existence! I love the color of this dress and its print… classically chic!
Designer and style icon Diane von Furstenberg created a fashion phenomenon when she introduced her wrap dress to the world at the age of 26 in 1974. Today, forty years later, an exhibit at the Wilshire May Company Building in Los Angeles honors the piece that solidified her status as not only a style icon, but also as a female pioneer.
“I was very surprised by its success, It happened so quickly. I really just wanted to create a simple dress that I would wear, but it turned out to be exactly what women wanted at the time. When they put me on the cover of Newsweek, I knew it was a success. It allowed me to live the American dream.” Diane stated in an interview with the Daily Beast.
In 1976 Newsweek cover established her as the biggest name in fashion since Coco Chanel. “Feel like a woman, wear a dress!” became her catchphrase, and the wrap dress became her signature look.
Four decades later, the designer stands among 200 mannequins clad in different varieties of her most recognizable piece — Diane von Furstenberg: Journey of the Dress, honoring the wrap dress’s legacy. Click on the picture to enlarge.
The wrap dress is one of the only dresses ever created to be flattering on women of all shapes and sizes. In my opinion, every woman should own at least one wrap dress. Hats off to you Ms. DVF!
These are styles that are guaranteed to look good on every woman… Yes, even you! I promise. Take a look and see which one you already use and which one you might now want to incorporate.
1. White buttoned-down shirt– A white button-down shirt always looks fresh, clean and polished.
2. Wrap Dress– The most figure-flattering dress ever! It looks good on all body types and does wonders to show off the female shape.
3. Trench Coat– The trench coat is a staple in every woman’s wardrobe because it works year-round. It’s versatility and great fit make it the perfect option.
4. Black Pumps — Few things are sexier than a woman in heels. Black pumps work well because they lengthen the leg, and the sleek color amps up the affect.
5. Sunglasses — Provided you find the right shape for your face (be it square, rounded or aviator style), sunglasses can completely finish off just about any casual ensemble.
6. Shift Dress — The shape of this dress works on almost all shapes. The relaxed fit along with the body-skimming silhouette highlight and hide all the right spots.
7. Monochromatic Outfits — A single color palette always looks great as it elongates the body and is so sophisticated.
8. Statement Necklaces — Whether you choose to wear a statement necklace with a fancy dress, a blouse or just a casual T-shirt, it can take your outfit to another level.
9. Blush — The right shade can do wonders to accentuate (or create) any woman’s cheekbones.
10. Fake Eyelashes — Fake eyelashes make your eyes pop and add a little something extra for an evening out.
Love love love this taupe wrap dress! It’s elegant and very comfortable. Tip: A great wrap dress looks good on any body type. It can give you curves you may not have and enhance curves you do have. I wanted to keep it all in neutral colors today, so I accented it with dark brown. However, you can always use pops of colors with this such as teal, orange, rust etc…