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Wrap dresses aren’t new by any means. They first made the rounds in the ’30s and ’40s as the go-to option for busy housewives during WWII, reaching icon status decades later thanks to Diane von Furstenberg. Since then, the style has been more synonymous with business-casual and “maturity” than cool — until recently, that is.
Thanks to brands like Réalisation Par, Rouje, and Reformation — along with the undying obsession with French Girl style that calls for a less-is-more approach when it comes to showing skin — the wrap style has been hugely popular this year, making it easy to spot one at just about any retailer or blogger’s Instagram feed.
The buzz comes with good reason, too, considering the wrap dress’ versatility and ease. It’s an easy throw-on-and-go option in the summer, regardless of whether you pair it with cute sandals or worn-in sneakers, and it looks just as cute thrown over a pair of jeans when the weather starts to cool down. And while the world “flattering” isn’t one of the best clothing descriptors, the waist-cinching silhouette is a universal win for just about everyone. Check out our favorite options below, starting at $40.