How to wear...wrap dresses and tops

Welcome to the second post in our "How to wear..." series, a focus on our selection of effortless, versatile and ultra feminine wrap dresses (and tops). 

First, let's take a fascinating look at the origins of the wonderful little wrap dress...

Inspired by an apron, the wrap dress was originally designed by Elsa Schiaparelli in the 1930's. With its flattering and flexible silhouette, the design perfectly bridges the line between seduction and modesty.  Thus helping to liberate women's fashion all over the world. 

Model Bettina Jones wearing an Elsa Schiaparelli Pinafore evening wrap dress
Bettina Jones wearing an Elsa Schiaparelli wrap dress (Photo:

The wrap dress enjoyed a famous (r)evolution into an iconic style piece by Diane Von Furstenburg in the 1970's.  The effortless, comfortable, sexy and versatile wrap dress became the go-to dress for women all over the world of all shapes, sizes, ages and styles. 

Wrap dress designer, Diano von Furstenburg, 1970's
"Feel like a woman, wear a dress!"- Diane Von Furstenburg  (Photo: DVF)

With the v neckline drawing attention down to the slimmest part of the body, the tie waist accentuating your shape and the feminine flare of the skirt skimming the body in all the right places, the wrap can flatter all body shapes. The wrap is effortless to wear making it super versatile and forever timeless.

Iconic wrap dress
Its a wrap! (Photo: The Telegraph)

Taking you from office to theatre, garden to party, summer to winter, wedding to beach, the classic and iconic wrap dress continues to be a chic, easy-to-wear essential piece of clothing in any womans' wardrobe. 

So without further ado, here are our seasonal wrap favourites at Bias with some handy style tips on how to integrate these wrap dresses and tops all year round...

Gestuz bright yellow 'Tulipha' wrap dress, £150.00 (
Workday chic. Opt for midi length and cool cotton. Keep it simple. Pair with Pernille Corydon gold hooped earrings, a coordinating clutch and sandals. Bias wise style tip: pair with boots and a chunky knit cardigan to take you into Autumn
Freebird Belia wrap dress
Freebird Belia maxi wrap dress, £149.95 (
Relaxed laid-back holiday vibe. Go maxi and opt for a vibrant pattern. Pair with Surface Project sandals, a straw basket and Izipizi sunglasses. Have fun! Bias wise style tip: make this dress really work for you and dress it up with super high heels and gold accessories for a cool and chic Summer wedding look.
Yaya long sleeves patterned wrap dress
Yaya 'Brazilian Sand' short wrap dress, £89.95 (
Perfect for a picnic wherever you are. A short wrap dress is the perfect Summer dress. Pair with chunky wedge sandals and a straw basket and simply add a lightweight cardigan for cooler days. Bias wise style tip: leave open and slip over a bikini or swimsuit for a cool beach cover up
We hope we've inspired you. Simply pop into our Leeds or Harrogate stores and let one of our team help you to find the perfect wrap for you or shop the collection online at

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