There are few items of clothing that are as versatile and universally flattering as a wrap dress. They came into vogue in the 1970s and have remained a wardrobe staple since. Although relatively comfortable and simple in construction, wrap dresses can still be used to create incredibly sophisticated looks. They can be styled to fit everything from office wear to a casual outdoors outfit. They are simultaneously nostalgic and timeless. This lookbook video features a Folklore brand's take on the wrap dress.
Cape Town brand W35T is known for its fun and flirty wrap dresses. The brand prides itself on its commitment to making sustainable, adaptable pieces. Nicola West started the brand in 2010 to create pieces with simple, clean lines that complement the female form and reference vintage trends. She uses soft, natural fabrics with hand-painted prints. Wrap dresses are ideal for this mission, as they meet in few points and drape across the body.
The Galaxy Wrap Dress, which was worn in the lookbook video, is hand dyed so that each garment is unique to the wearer. The dress is an alluring red with black patterning and white trim. It features thin straps, a low cut neckline, a leg slit, and lightweight fabric perfect for a hot summer day. The wearer is encouraged to wear the dress in any number of ways including a low-cut dress, a floor-length top, an asymmetric blouse, or a wrap skirt. There is no limit to the amount of ways you can style this piece
For The Folklore's latest IG TV series, our Founder Amira Rasool stars in a video that shows you how to style a W35T wrap dress this summer. In the video below, Amira styles the Galaxy Wrap Dress to fit three summer occasions: a wedding, a date, and a beach trip.
Look 1: Outdoor Wedding
There is nothing like wearing a simple, sexy sundress for a formal summer event. In this minimal look, Amira lets the dress do all the talking, styling it with a pair of beige, strappy heels and the Memory Moon Earrings from fellow sustainable Cape Town brand Pichulik. The heels function to elongate the legs, while the lightweight, cast pearl earrings give the look a pop of gold. The draping of the dress accentuates feminine curves and is flattering to many different body types. This look works well with a hair part down the middle as it adds to the symmetry. Also, be sure to wear minimal makeup, as it might get smudged by sweat or tears. Whether a casual guest or bridesmaid, the only foreseeable problem with this look is that you might end up outshining the bride.
Look 2: Date Night
This next look is a summer date night outfit with an edgy twist. The jewel-toned dress is contrasted with darker pieces, including a chunky breton, slit palazzo pants, and a pair of ankle boots. The dress is left loose enough to accentuate the sexy deep v neckline but tied tightly enough to bring out the waist. It moves beautifully with the wearer, ensuring a memorable entrance on your summer dates. Amira also wears the Pichulik Tefnut Earrings. These earrings are lightweight statement pieces that feature a braided rope design around a malachite stone with 22 karat gold beads securing it. They add just another pop of color into what is a primarily black outfit. This look is ideal for someone who is bold and assertive, but with a feminine flair. Your date will surely thank you for coming through so stylishly.
Look 3: Beach Look
The Galaxy Wrap Dress need not only be styled as a dress, it also looks great as a skirt. In this final look, Amira has styled the dress to function as a maxi skirt with a sexy leg slit. On top, she wears an off the shoulder, black crop top with billowing, ruffled sleeves. This look appears best with hair tied up to bring out the Pichulik Abalone Earrings and to avoid having hair blow in your face at a windy beach. The 22 karat gold plated earrings are perfect for a day at the beach, since they are based on the abalone seashell. Leave the uncomfortable heels at home and wear this look completely barefoot in order to fully feel the soft sand between your toes. This look works for both an easy going day at the shore or a fully fledged beach dance party.
Written by Natalie Jarrett