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10th Commandment: July 15

My black wrap dress fell victim to a new, inferior dry cleaner.  Here are a few possible replacements.

Elected Official


DvF New Julian Dress ($325)

The New Julian, in my opinion, is the best DvF wrap because there’s no silly collar and they 3/4 sleeve is my preference.

Hill Staffer


MICHAEL Michael Kors Wrap Dress ($219)

This is the dress I’m going to buy.  The waist is incredibly slimming and the draping of the skirt is lovely.  Also, it ties in the back similar to the Issa dresses Kate Middleton has worn.

Paid Intern


Karen Kane Wrap Dress ($108)

A bit more expensive than the typical Intern item.  It’s available for sale in size small and large for $50 at Macy’s.  It’s on Amazon for $32 in x-small, medium, and extra large.

Plus-size: IGIGI wrap dress ($98) Petite or Tall: BR Gemma Wrap ($95)



  1. SLG says:

    Love these options. Do you have any suggestions for styling a black wrap dress? Every time I put one on, I feel stumped about shoes, cardigan/jacket, hair, etc. Then I try a few options, then I feel too matronly, then I give up for a few weeks, then I get inspired and try again, without success. It’s an endless loop 🙂

    July 15, 2014/Reply
    • Caroline says:

      Yes, would love one of the four way posts on this!!! How to wear to the office, dinner, brunch, etc.

      July 15, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I never mess up a wrap with a jacket or a cardigan. It doesn’t need it in my opinion. I’ll add some bracelets and a good shoe and call it done.

      July 15, 2014/Reply
      • SLG says:

        I agree, additional layers aren’t needed from a styling perspective, but I still find myself stumped when I know I’ll be in cold offices/meeting rooms, etc., and want my layers to look intentional and a little fashion-forward. Shoes stump me too (just heels, or do flats work? etc.). So all styling pointers are welcome!

        July 15, 2014/Reply
        • Belle says:

          I’ll carry a big wrap scarf if I think I’ll be cold. Usually ivory or a print. I wear heels usually, but I have worn flats as well. Pointed toe, or other structured style, is best.

          July 15, 2014/Reply
    • Pancakes says:

      I would go for a modern animal print cardigan to avoid looking matronly. Either that or a scarf, like Belle suggested

      July 15, 2014/Reply
  2. Willfully Elegant says:

    I have been eying the new Julian and hoping it will go on sale in Outnet or somewhere soon! DVF wraps are truly the best!!

    July 15, 2014/Reply
  3. Barchbo says:

    I love the new Julian but I think I am going to go for that Michael Kors – it looks a little longer in the hem and I love the wrap in the back. Wrap dress, meet my 40s.

    July 15, 2014/Reply
  4. SSC says:

    I believe that Karen Kane dress is marked down to $71-ish at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

    July 15, 2014/Reply
  5. s says:

    i own three (3!) gemma wrap dresses. i realllllyyyy love that michael kors dress though! too bad they don’t have it in any colors besides black, i would buy that in a nanosecond.

    July 15, 2014/Reply
  6. Leigh says:

    I really love the MK one, but dang, 63 dollars more for customs and shipping? No thanks. I had it in my bag ready to buy, but that convinced me that I don’t need it *that* badly.

    July 15, 2014/Reply
    • Belle says:

      I’m hoping it will be offered from a US seller. I haven’t been able to find one though. If I don’t see one soon, I’ll probably order from the foreign seller.

      July 15, 2014/Reply
      • Leigh says:

        Yeah, I scoured the internets and couldn’t find another in the US. I may keep an eye on it though, because it’s gorgeous!

        July 15, 2014/Reply
  7. Gabby says:

    COVET the Michael Kors, but I’ve always had tastes more expensive than my wallet can deal with (thanks, $650/month of law school loan repayment!)

    July 15, 2014/Reply
  8. Susie says:

    Dresses that tie in the back are waist-flattering when you’re standing up, but I find them uncomfortable for a long day sitting in a chair with that knot in your back.

    July 16, 2014/Reply
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