Style + How To Wear It

Four Ways: A Simple Wrap Dress

My chosen Thanksgiving attire is a wrap dress because it’s adjustable.  It’s one of my favorite outfits for a long workday because it’s comfortable.  And it’s a great addition to any wardrobe because it’s flattering on most body types and versatile enough for almost any occasion.  So let’s talk about how to wear it.

Dress. Eliza J Faux Wrap Dress

I chose a faux wrap dress because I saw this one in store and loved the look of it.  The twisted front is a bit more interesting than a standard wrap, and the navy color is really rich.  Plus-size?  This one from Marina is very close in style.

If you prefer a straight up wrap, this Rebecca Taylor is perfect for work, or try this affordable classic from Chico’s.

One. BR Italian Wool Duster // BR Block Heel Ankle Boot // Everlane Boss Bag // Hammered Circle Studs // Lucky Brand Two-Tone Necklace

This outfit is designed for comfort, warmth and style.  It works well for casual days or more casual professions.  This would be my first choice for Thanksgiving.  It looks pulled together, but not like you’re trying too hard.

If the long duster cardigan isn’t your look, this chunky merino cardi from BR is nice.  And if you need cotton, this blended cardigan from Abound is worth a look.

The accessories for this outfit include my favorite new boots (very comfortable), a burgundy bag from Everlane that I can’t get  enough of, and some mixed metal jewelry.  If you prefer a chain necklace to a pendant, this single strand station necklace from Chico’s has a nice look to it.

Two. Aqua One Button Blazer // Stuart Weitzman Sock Booties  // Gorjana Desi Wrap Stud // Maison Heritage Feli Satchel (under-$100!) // Spanx Blackout Tights

I love black and navy together.  It brings a real depth to the navy and has such an unexpected chic to it.  Pairing this dress with a sleek one-button blazer creates a truly polished look.

I own the sock booties in the photo.  I wear a pair of Smartwool socks under my tights to keep my toes warm on chilly days.  And with a sub-3″ heel, the boots are actually pretty comfortable.  As for the rest of the accessories, don’t miss this bag.  It has a very sleek look, at a very nice price.

Three. Valentina Tiered Tassel Earrings // Azdar Green Velvet Clutch // Journee Goldie Pumps // Jenny Bird Clasp Cuff

This outfit is for holiday parties that don’t require a separate party dress, just party accessories.  The velvet bag is a stunner, but with just one left, I better find a second option.  This velvet pouch from Modcloth has a nice vintage feel to it.

The pumps are a sleek Aquazurra knock-off that are really lovely for work with a bit of something extra.  If you want a more traditional heel, I’d go for something a bit higher, like these Sam Edelman Margie points or these Andre Assous pumps with a lovely detail on the vamp.

Four. J.Crew Daphne Coat // Bury Clutch Bag // Tory Burch Clara Flat // J.Crew Mini Icicle Flower Studs

I created this outfit for the woman who likes a pretty, feminine party look with a slight nod to thee 1950s.  The bow-accented mules and floral earrings feel a bit on the vintage side.  And when you add in the pale blue car coat, you get a lovely look for holiday gatherings or special events.

Looking for the shoes in a lower price point?  Me too.  The closest I could come are these sweet, bow high heels in velvet from Boden, or these Sole Society flats at a very nice price.

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  1. A says:

    Am I misinterpreting that look 1 doesn’t have tights? I always associate ankle boots with tights, but maybe I’m out of style and missing a wider range of seasons for them? I also live in a climate where bare legs are not a thing during the holidays because brrr, but it just seemed off to me somehow, probably because by the time I’m switching out of flats and sandals, tights are required.

    November 14, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      It’s dealer’s choice, you can add tights or not.

      November 14, 2019/Reply
      • Emily says:

        Navy tights, brown tights? gah – I never know. Even with your past guides, I always feel like something is off when I try to wear anything other than black tights with black boots.

        November 15, 2019/Reply
        • Belle says:

          Navy. You need to find a pair close to the same navy. I usually take hard-to-match clothes to Macy’s or some other large department store and test the samples next to the dress.

          November 15, 2019/Reply
  2. ral says:

    I like the Eliza wrap dress. The gathering/pleating reminds me a of the Issa wrap dress that Kate Middleton wore for her engagement op.

    November 14, 2019/Reply
  3. raq says:

    so bummed the tory flats are no longer available but I did find these!!

    November 15, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      Wow. I did not expect those to sell out. But those are so cute, too!

      November 15, 2019/Reply
  4. LTH says:

    Belle – Can you comment on the sock booties? I’ve been on the fence (are they worth the money, should I wait for them to go on sale, etc.) and trust your opinion of more splurge-y pieces. As always, thank you for the feedback!

    November 15, 2019/Reply
    • Belle says:

      When I bought them, it was a bit of an impulse buy, and I was sure that I was going to regret them. I don’t regret them at all. They are a great solution to when I’m wearing tights and want the warmth of boots but the look of a high heel. And, on a 1-10, they are an 8 for comfort.

      November 15, 2019/Reply