Oh, it’s been so long since I posted my last “5 dresses” post! I really didn’t meant to take such a long pause, but it turned out that the timing actually worked better than I would have ever imagined.
The dress I wanted to talk about as a part of the series was, of course, the wrap dress that. Dreamed up and created by Diane von Furstenberg 40 years ago, the wrap has already been featured on the blog back in 2011 when I wrote my DvF stories an talked about Camilla Morton’s book, The Tale of the Empress’s New Clothes in 2013, so instead of producing a several paragraphs long monologue all over again, I would like to invite you to follow the links and discover the history of this iconic piece.
Shop: 1. Printed silk jersey wrap dress, DvF (£330), 2. Amelia python printed silk jersey wrap dress, DvF (£385), 4. Blue silk printed wrap dress, DvF (£264), 5. New Julian Two silk-jersey wrap dress, DvF (£330), 6. White & black silk New Julian Two wrap dress, DvF (£330).
I truly believe that every woman should have a wrap dress in her wardrobe and, ideally, it must be a DvF dress because the real thing is so much better than any wrap-inspired substitutions! You feel it in the fabric, the unique prints or the finishing touches of the plain versions, the way it’s cut and follows the lines of the body moulding itself to your DNA, giving you the comfort, making you feel beautiful and free.
Shop: 7. Kira silk jersey wrap dress, DvF (£194), 8. New Jeanne animal print silk jersey wrap dress, DvF (£184), 9. New Julian Two chain link vintage print silk jersey wrap dress, DvF (£174), also in black & white, 10. Banded Julian wrap dress, DvF (£183), 11. New Jeanne Two crepe jersey wrap dress, DvF (£281), 12. Julian Two zebra print jersey wrap dress, DvF (£220).
It takes time to find the most perfect version of the wrap among all the available options, but as soon as you “meet” the one, it remains in your wardrobe forever.
Shop: 13. Faith wrap dress, DvF (£313), 14. Amelia wrap dress, DvF (£438), 15. Judith chain mail print dress, DvF (£204), 16. Julian Two feline pattern wrap dress, DvF (£157), 17. Connie tobacco suede dress, DvF (£527)
A few days ago, as I watched the live stream from the opening of “The journey of a dress” exhibition celebrating its 40th anniversary, I realised, yet again, how timeless and precious a simple dress can be and what an incredibly impact it had on the way we perceive fashion, style and lets be honest, ourselves, whenever we get a chance to wear the wrap.
Photo source: Diane von Furstenberg wearing the shirt wrap dress in navy and white geometric print, pearls, Bulgari snake watch and heels photographed by Roger Prigent, 1974 for Women Wear Daily ad campaign via Diane: A Signature Life