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10th Commandment: November 21

It’s become something of a tradition to post wrap dresses the day before Thanksgiving.  After all, they’re the perfect thing for days when you need to be comfortable because you’re about to eat your weight in turkey…or tofurkey, as the case may be.

Elected Official

Linda Cashmere Wrap Dress (DVF, $495)

Hill Staffer

Ann Taylor 3/4 Sleeve Dress ($128)

Paid Intern

Long-Sleeve Wrap Dress ($33)

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  1. Kay says:

    LOVE the wrap dress idea for Thanksgiving! Seems sophisticated enough to meet the significant other's family but also very comfortable. Guess I'll be on my way to the mall tonight…

    Thanks Belle!

    November 21, 2012/Reply
  2. It's a wrap says:

    I have a lot of problems with wrap dresses, but the biggest issue is the deep v neck. If I wear a skimpy bra and position it perfectly it just barely covers the bra, but of course these dresses shift around a lot so there inevitably are times when half the bra is hanging out for the world to see. I know some people wear camisoles underneath, but I don't love that look, so is there any other solution besides pinning the dress to the bra?

    November 21, 2012/Reply
  3. Ellie says:

    It's a wrap: Fashion tape, or taking the dress to a tailor and having them sew the v-neck up a little.

    November 21, 2012/Reply
  4. Es says:

    I have the Gemma wrap dress from banana, also a very nice option. This sounds overly simplistic, but you have to wrap the underneath layer reall snug around your waist before securing the top layer and tying it all up. That seems to keep it from getting too low for me. Also, two small safety pins inside, a large necklace or a light scarf can all a touch of modesty 🙂

    November 21, 2012/Reply
  5. Nina says:

    It's a wrap: I too was annoyed by this until I found a very simple solution and no tailor is required. If you can sew on a button, you can do this.
    1. Put the dress on and arrange it so it looks good and everything is covered
    2. Locate the V point of the neck where the left and right sides cross over and pinch it with your fingers
    3. Use a safety pin to secure the two sides together. For a short term solution, you can leave it at that. If you are careful with the safety pin, it will barely show. You could also use a decorative pin or broach.
    4. Take the dress off and put a simple stitch or two where the safety pin is. Use thread that is the same color as the dress and it won't show.

    November 21, 2012/Reply
  6. Leigh says:

    Sewing on a snap closure isn't difficult, and it solves the problem for me!

    November 21, 2012/Reply
  7. Deb says:

    The problem that I encounter with wrap dresses is that, when I'm walking outside, the top layer blows up exposing a lot of leg and/or my underwear. Thoughts on how to stop that from happening? Thanks!

    November 21, 2012/Reply
  8. K says:

    I like the wider sash on the DvF dress. Otherwise, they sure do look the same, or at least in photographs close enough that I wonder if the DvF photographers didn't just do a better job. Do people really see a $375 value difference in the DvF versus the Ann Taylor? Even if say the DvF fabric held up longer than the Ann Taylor, would it be that much longer that I wouldn't be better off in the pocket book to buy two Ann Taylor's?

    November 23, 2012/Reply
  9. It's a wrap says:

    I've done the safety pin thing (or sewed it for a more permanent solution) but feel it pulls on the fabric too much.

    And yes Deb, I have that problem with the bottom half too. For that reason I only wear wrap dresses on occasions where I won't be outside for more than 5 seconds, and ideally where I'm seated at a table so I don't have to obsess over what my skirt is doing every time I recross my legs!

    November 24, 2012/Reply
  10. s-p-c says:

    Love the wrap dress from Land's End – I picked one up in eggplant, and it fit so beautifully that I just ordered another in black. Not bad for under $30 with the 30% off coupon!

    November 25, 2012/Reply
  11. Anon says:

    The Paid Intern dress from Old Navy shrinks terribly! 🙁 I have it and washed it on delicate and air dried and it still shrunk a full size!

    I'd like to ditto the commenter right above me and second their rec of that Lands End dress. With coupons and a sale, I ended up getting it for $13. It has an unusual weave, but I like it, especially for the price.

    November 26, 2012/Reply