1 Way To Wear A Wrap Dress As A Top For Playful Days

This is the summer of the wrap dress. Well, maybe not. That was the 90s. But still, I’ve been wearing them to unlikely places and in unlikely ways. 

This vintage denim one was no exception, except the fit was all wrong for me. Nevertheless, the gold part of a wrap dress is the way in which they can be playfully (or not so) worn. The other day, I saw a woman wearing hers with a t-shirt under. I’ve been known to wear mine as dusters, or tops with a pair of cut-off shorts. When wearing one this time, I tied it to the side and threw on some trousers for good measure. The combination was a playful and comfortable look, that also gave a nod to the wrap dresses our mothers wore and the itty bitty tops with baggy jeans we once wore. 

Although I played around with the kids’ skateboard for these shots, I would typically wear this without my kiddos and boob tape!

I love the way a dress gives to the pants. Especially if you wear a pattern pair. They cover up as you walk. And if you sit, bend over, run, or play on a skateboard like I am here, the pattern pops. The result is always a welcomed cool surprise. When looking for articles on wrap dresses, their versatility and the unbelievable 90s fashion that has overtaken the 20 somethings in my neighborhood (and on my feed), I came up short.

Is there not enough thought on this? Am one of few who, along with seeing the wave of baggy jeans and mini shirts, can’t deny the desire for mom’s resistance to high-waisted denim? AKA, the wrap dress. 

The good news is that designers like DVF have held to this since those early days, “The wrap dress is the most traditional form of dressing: It’s like a robe, it’s like a kimono, it’s like a toga. It doesn’t have buttons or zippers. What made it different was that it was jersey; therefore, it was close to the body and it was a print.”

Here are some wrap dresses that have caught my eye: Cream Polka Dot Beauty | Linen Wrap Mini In Light Beige |

Wrap around Effect dress from Alchemist | Roma Dress (not really a wrap but feels like one)

Have you worn a wrap dress lately? Better yet, do you remember your mom loving one?

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5 thoughts on “1 Way To Wear A Wrap Dress As A Top For Playful Days

  • Reply Georgia August 18, 2021 at 6:58 am

    9 months post partum, I am loving wrap dresses. My body after having a baby has changed in so many ways. As much as I’d like to accept it, it’s hard not fitting into my old clothes. Having a few wrap dresses that are breastfeeding friendly and nip the waist in all the right places is keeping me sane right now!

    • Reply latonya August 18, 2021 at 9:05 am

      Hi Georgia!

      Congratulations on the baby! Now that you wrote that, it reminded me of the wrap dress I loved (it was black) when I first had Oak. I wore it so much and was so incredibly easy for breastfeeding. Would put on pretty earrings and colorful sandals with lipstick and TA DA!
      Thank you for sharing.


  • Reply Tobi-Velicia Johnson August 18, 2021 at 11:54 am

    I have worn DVF wrap dresses practically every day for years (I’m 55 now and I think these dresses have never gone out of style). In my opinion, they look great on most body types. They are very versatile and appropriate for work, dining out, casual outings, and even attending opera, ballet performances, visiting museums, etc. Over the years, I have accumulated a great collection of DVF wrap dresses courtesy of Ebay, Poshmark, consignment stores, and thrift stores.

    • Reply latonya August 18, 2021 at 10:44 pm

      Hi Tobi-Velicia! Yes, I truly love DVF dresses as well. They’re timeless and can take you from park, to ballet, to dinner, just like you express here. They are age-less and I find them to always look so sexy on whoever wears one! That’s amazing that you have a collection of your own, and I’ll be sure to check out Pshmark, and Ebay for some as well! Thank you for commenting

  • Reply Liz August 19, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Love a wrap dress. I think they are so flattering and were clutch having to pump at work. You’ve got me daydreaming about pulling out my sewing machine and putting a long one together.

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