When I hear "wrap dress," the first thing that comes to mind is Diane von Furstenberg and those slinky, boob-emphasizing print wrap dresses from the 1970s. They can be cute if that's your style, but they’ve never really spoken to me — and, in my opinion, the silhouette has pretty much been ruined by the knock-offs.
Inevitably, the second thing that comes to mind are those ubiquitous derivatives of those DVF dress: the sort of frumpy, supposedly "flattering" pieces shilled by brands like Old Navy, Gap, and Lane Bryant. Maybe they just remind me of my mom and aunts dressed for church in the ‘90s, but I don’t think I’d wear one if it was the only dress in my closet.
But when I saw the wrap dresses ($425) and jumpsuits ($320) in the core collection of Minneapolis-based label Hackwith Design House a few weeks ago, all my expectations were totally turned on their heads. Instead of some tiny geometric print on silky polyester, Hackwith's wrap dresses are rendered in twill Tencel in plain, muted hues that could totally find a place in my wardrobe of blacks, whites, and neutrals.
The coolest thing about both pieces, aside from the fact that they’re offered in straight and plus-sizes (up to US 28), is that they’re made to be worn multiple ways — you can wear the wrapped-V in the front or in the back, the latter of which gives you a cute high-neck cut in the front — and if there's one thing that sells me on an item of clothing, that would be versatility. This look is versatile in style, too; I can see myself wearing the wrap dress to a wedding with strappy heels and swept-back hair as easily as I can picture wearing it to brunch with a leather jacket and sandals.
If $425 seems pricy — I mean, it is — consider that all pieces sold by the brand are hand-made in its studio with ethical and sustainable practices, and these babies are made to last. The rest of the collection is worth checking out, too. I love this bow top ($210), and the wide leg pants ($230) are pretty great as well. Look out for the limited-edition pieces that drop every Monday, a holdover from when the brand first launched with super limited-run pieces. Whether you go for one of the wrap pieces or something else, you’ll definitely be frump-free.