Wrap dresses are timeless for a reason–they’re beautiful, flattering on every woman, and always sophisticated. As a wedding guest, you can’t go wrong choosing this all-time classic regardless if you’re attending an intimate affair, swanky soiree, or a casual ceremony with a laidback dress code. “A wrap dress is a universally flattering silhouette,” says NYC and London-based stylist Rebecca Dennett. “The wrap-around element is flattering on the bust of any size woman.”
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Rebecca Dennett is an editorial and commercial stylist based in New York City and London. Her work spans editorials in ELLE, Allure, Vogue Mexico, and Porter, and commercial and social content for Mark Cross, Shiseido, and Bobbi Brown, to name a few.
In addition to being figure-flattering, wrap dresses are available in a wide range of fabrics, colors, and prints to complement every aesthetic from ethereal to edgy. Even better? Some wrap dresses are highly versatile and can easily be dressed up or down to suit the occasion. “Depending on the wedding’s theme or venue, I love the idea of pairing a wrap dress with cute ballet flats or even a chic sneaker for a more casual wedding,” Dennett tells Brides. “When the invitation calls for something formal, I recommend keeping your dress as the focal point and finishing with a modern square-toe heel.”
Read on for the best wrap dresses for every style and budget.
Best Puff Sleeves
Flounce London Plus Puff Sleeve Maxi Wrap Dress
When you want to feel your most feminine, there’s nothing like a puff-sleeve midi dress with a flouncy hem and frilled detailing. What’s more, this Flounce London style boasts an alluring deep-V neckline and is crafted from a gorgeous light blue fabric making it perfect for spring or summer weddings.
Price at time of publish: $104
Best High-Low Hem
Lulus French Countryside Blush Floral Print High-Low Dress
There’s no dress more idyllic for a countryside wedding than this high-low design by Lulus. With a large floral print and cute cap sleeves, it’s a lovely addition to any wardrobe.
Price at time of publish: $96
ASOS EDITION Ombre Sequin Wrap Dress
You’ll dazzle in this shimmering sequin midi dress, with long sleeves, and a V-neckline. We can picture this at a fancy affair or a New Year's Eve wedding.
Price at time of publish: $275
Best For a Destination Wedding
Diane Von Furstenberg Alaric Wrap-Effect Printed Georgette Maxi Dress
Flowing silhouettes are essential in the heat. Enter: This flowing maxi dress is crafted from lightweight georgette. In bright orange and featuring a fun leaf motif, we love this look for a destination wedding at some fabulous tropical locale.
Price at time of publish: $558
Mango Bow Wrap Dress
Whether you skew minimalist or need a conservative design, this silky wrap is fail-safe for a wedding. The satin fabric is exquisite, while the earthy color is so on-trend.
Price at time of publish: $100
Johanna Ortiz Exclusive Glory Days Silk Midi Wrap Dress
If you subscribe to a more-is-more aesthetic, a colorful wrap dress boasting a bold pattern is the perfect look for you. We love this silk midi dress for formal “I do’s” in the summer, or for a warm-weather destination.
Price at time of publish: $1,650
Reformation Kaila Knit Dress
For a relaxed wedding guest look that’s plenty chic, look no further than this fitted style by Reformation. Don’t worry, it’s bra-friendly! And super comfy, too.
Price at time of publish: $98
Best Earth Tone
Whimsy + Row Lola Rust Wrap Dress
This wrap maxi is a timeless take on black-tie attire, but with a modern feel. Clean lines and a silky rust fabric ensure total elegance. It’s also a sustainable choice, made from deadstock material.
Price at time of publish: $248
Victoria Beckham Satin-Crepe Wrap Dress
Bold and fashion-forward, this electric lime green wrap dress will hit a high note at a spring and summer wedding. Style yours effortlessly with matching sandals, or dial it up in sky-high stilettos.
Price at time of publish: $1,100
Best Long Sleeves
Zimmermann Asymmetric Ruffled Silk-Satin Wrap Dress
Channel 70s-era glamour in this sophisticated silk midi dress. With voluminous long sleeves and an asymmetric hem, it perfectly fuses decades-past style with the new.
Price at time of publish: $650
Best For Day Weddings
Monki Puff Sleeve Midi Blue Gingham Wrap Dress
Gingham prints are another stylish alternative to florals and feel particularly cheerful in pastel shades like this blissfully blue hue. We love this for a daytime summer wedding with sandals and a woven bag.
Price at time of publish: $70
Best Maxi Dress
Cortana Martina Cupro-Satin Maxi Wrap Dress
Looking for a simple yet fashion-forward wedding guest dress? This striking Cortana gown is just the ticket! Even better, the pretty wasabi green hue is stunning year-round. We love this look for a formal or black-tie wedding.
Price at time of publish: $829
Reformation Weiss Linen Dress
A navy wrap dress guarantees timeless style, especially one with pretty puff sleeves. The 'Weiss' dress by Reformation is crafted from breezy linen making it perfect for warm-weather weddings. Plus, the thigh-high slit adds an element of sexiness to this romantic look.
Price at time of publish: $218
Best Moody Floral Print
Lulus Good Moments Black Floral Print Swiss Dot Faux-Wrap Dress
Not every floral print reads sugary sweet. If you’re searching for such a dress, this black number fits the bill, with romantic flutter sleeves and a delicate high-low hem to boot. This style is also available in a red floral print.
Price at time of publish: $78
Reformation Alaine Silk Dress Es
Sometimes you just have to rock a little black dress. What could be more wedding-ready than this satin faux wrap with elegant long sleeves and a collard neckline?
Price at time of publish: $248
Best Polk-Dot Print
Zimmermann Lurex Polka-Dot Wrap Dress
Polka dots are the perfect printed option if you’re not into floral prints. This entrance-making style is spot-on for the wedding circuit. It features shimmering lurex dots that catch the light at every angle and an asymmetric hem for added drama.
Price at time of publish: $825
Fame and Partners The Amorette Wrap Dress
Make a splash at your next wedding in a punchy dress like this hot pink mini. Don’t be afraid to go even bolder with vibrant accessories in contrasting colors.
Price at time of publish: $295
Best For Summer Weddings
Rhode Lydia Ruffled Wrap Dress
There’s nothing like an airy cotton dress to strike a chord on the summer wedding circuit. This floral design by Rhode is dreamy as ever, with a sweet tie-waist and frilled neckline.
Price at time of publish: $281
What to Look For in a Wrap Dress
When shopping for the right wrap dress for you, there are endless options on the market. Start by honing in on your go-to aesthetic—be it feminine, bohemian, minimal, or eclectic—then consider the wedding you're attending. If it’s during the day or guaranteed to be relaxed, cotton and jersey fabrics are A-okay, as are shorter silhouettes from minis to midis. For more formal weddings requesting cocktail or black-tie attire, luxe fabrics like silk, brocade, and lace are the way to go. Keep in mind that some dresses are designed with a faux wrap silhouette meaning that the silhouette will look like a wrap dress but you won't be able to tie or adjust it.
What is the best wrap dress?
Wrap dresses are timeless and elegant, so no matter your style there’s a version for you. Choose elegant fabrics in midi or maxi lengths for a cocktail or black-tie dress code, and casual materials like cotton, jersey, or linen in any silhouette or length for less formal affairs.
When can you wear a wrap dress?
How do you style a wrap dress?
Wrap dresses are timeless and call for fun accessories! If your style is simple, classic, and minimal accessories are sophisticated. Those in the mood for glamour should opt for a statement shoe or bold jewelry.
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