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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.”
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, eclectic—then consider the wedding your 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.
Meet the Expert
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.
“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.”
Ready to shop for a flattering wrap dress? Ahead, discover 32 of our favorites for every style and budget.
Considering a flattering wrap dress? We’ve answered three common questions when shopping for this style of wedding guest dress.
- 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? Wrap dresses are the perfect choice for wedding guests year-round! Try light colors and cheerful prints in the spring and summer, and darker hues for fall and winter.
- 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.