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10th Commandment: September 9

I purchased a DvF wrap dress at the beginning of the summer and wore it significantly more than I thought I would.  I wore it to the office.  I wore it to dinner.  I wore it to church.  It became my go-to what-the-heck-am-I-going-to-wear-today option.  So I am searching for another one, here are some options.

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DvF Julian Chain Wrap Dress ($365)

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Adele Printed Wrap Dress ($198)

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JB Half Sleeve Wrap Dress ($77)

Plus-size: This black and white geometric-print dress is great and under-$60. Petite: BCBG has a lovely blue-speckled print that’s available in petite.



  1. Julie says:

    I just bought the Adele wrap last week when Macy’s had 20% off, and it is awesome! Very flattering!

    September 9, 2013/Reply
  2. Sara says:

    I believe DVF will have a special place in heaven for inventing the wrap dress.

    September 9, 2013/Reply
  3. Danielle says:

    Wrap dresses. Am I doing it wrong? I bought a secondhand BCBG wrap dress that seems to fit perfectly. Until I sit. The dress falls on either side of my legs and reveals a lot of my thigh. Sometimes, it feels a little low cut as well. Is the dress too small? Are some badly made? I’m 5’4, 34C, 27″ waist and it was an XS. I’d love to love one.

    September 9, 2013/Reply
    • Capitol Hill SE says:

      I have problems with wrap dresses as well. I probably haven’t tried enough of them to find a good one, but I’ve had such bad experiences with wrap dresses that I don’t feel like trying on hundreds of them. I’m your size, minus a couple inches in all places. 🙂

      September 10, 2013/Reply
  4. AttiredAttorney says:

    As a curvy girl, the only way I can make most wrap dresses work-appropriate is with a camisole. Somehow, that extra V of fabric on the chest destroys the whole look for me – it becomes reminiscent of something I wore in middle school rather than a sleek, work appropriate ensemble. Any recs for wrap dresses that come up a little higher to avoid the overt va-va-va-voom look for the office?

    September 9, 2013/Reply
  5. Jennifer P says:

    I have that BCBG Adele dress and I LOVE it! I wear it, and the same one in a couple other patterns all the time! P.S. Nordstrom and Amazon both have it on sale now for $118.80 🙂

    September 9, 2013/Reply
  6. jj says:

    I would LOVE a post and/or advice on how to keep a wrap dress in place throughout the day. I am so close to throwing my beautiful DVF in the trash because 1. a camisole ruins the neckline, and 2. when I sit, the skirt unwraps/falls to the sides, exposing my entire upper thighs. Hollywood tape doesn’t work and safety pins look horribly obvious. Is the dress doomed??

    September 9, 2013/Reply
  7. SQC says:

    Echo every other commenter–what can we do about the cleavage? (And I agree a camisole ruins the neckline, adds extra bulk at the waist.)

    My solution for the unwrapping skirt was to buy my DVF two sizes bigger than I usually wear. Of course, this only enhances the cleavage problem.

    September 9, 2013/Reply
    • Amanda says:

      I have a smaller than average chest, but I have sewn a nifty little snap button closure to the V in one of my wrap dresses and it works & fits like a charm!

      September 9, 2013/Reply
  8. Mo says:

    I may or may not have used a paperclip last week to prevent excess boob-age.


    September 9, 2013/Reply
  9. Emily says:

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE my wrap dresses. I have some 3/4 and some long-sleeve and I wear them ALL fall and winter and into spring. They are wonderful and so versatile.

    September 10, 2013/Reply
  10. KC says:

    I don’t have problems with them falling open, but I usually wear a slip just so I feel like I have more coverage. For the top, if I don’t like how the camisole looks I’ll wear a scarf to hide cleavage, or I’ll wear the camisole and then wear a big statement necklace that covers it up. Also, I have a “faux wrap” dress from Boden that is great, plus it comes in tall sizes. Still need a cami or scarf, however.

    September 10, 2013/Reply
  11. Sam says:

    Dear Belle, I am coming to DC this week and just discovered your blog. I love it 🙂 The style tips are very useful while prepping for my new job. Thank you!

    September 10, 2013/Reply
  12. E says:

    I love wrap dresses. And I’ve also come to the conclusion that sometimes everyone has a LITTLE bit of cleavage in the office, and truly cannot help it. Also, the best way to avoid the leg situation is — wear a full slip. Invest in the black non-lace top one from Gap Body. It solves all my problems and no more camisole.

    September 11, 2013/Reply