Today’s reader mail presents us with a great question about wrap dresses for the office… specifically, how to keep a wrap dress closed! Here’s her question:
I am continually more frustrated with trying to monitor my wrap dresses to ensure that the flap upon my lap/knees is “closed.” Do the readers have any suggestions? There is never enough “wrap” fabric to have it sewn shut along the other seam as some dresses are pre-made that way. I’m on the verge of tossing all my wraps. Thoughts?
We hear you — we own a classic wrap dress that feels more like a robe.
We’ve wondered whether a bigger size might be a help (someone told us that the “trick” to wearing wrap dresses is to get them a size or two larger), but this particular wrap dress has pockets that sit in exactly the proper place. We’ve also been less than satisfied with the solutions.
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Still, here are the techniques I’ve tried to keep a wrap dress closed:
- Wear a black, plain slip — no lace — beneath it — like this one.
- Try a combo of tall, waist-shaping shorts and a demi camisole
- Safety pins — you can pin the top of the dress closed; we’ve also placed a safety pin around the mid-thigh mark of the wrap.
- Double-sided tape — we’ve found it’s better used to secure the safety-pinned edge so it lays flat rather than relying on double-sided tape to keep your dress shut
- Finally, we’ve never tried this, but it just might work for some wrap dresses: wear them backwards.
Actually, some of the solutions for gaping shirts might work for you — here’s a little slideshow:
Readers, what are your solutions to the problem? What are your best tips for how to keep a wrap dress closed?
(Pictured above: Diane von Furstenberg Justin Dress, available at ShopBop.com for $325.)