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When it comes to bridal gowns, there are so many different styles and silhouettes fit for any bride-to-be. From glitzy ballgowns to modern sheaths there’s no wrong way to dress for your special day, but one style you might not have considered is a wrap wedding dress. Ranu Coleman, chief marketing officer of Azazie, shares that this contemporary choice is perfect for any soon-to-be-wed searching for an effortless look. “Wrap wedding dresses are not only comfortable but extremely flattering for all body types,” she explains. “They accentuate the waist and create the illusion of an hourglass shape.”
Meet the Expert
Ranu Coleman is the chief marketing officer of the online bridal and bridesmaid boutique, Azazie.
Traditionally, a wrap style dress describes a gown that features a front closure with one side wrapped over the other. The two sides are secured with buttons/snaps or a wrap tie that fastens at the back or the side, creating a V-neckline that elongates the torso and highlights curves. While there are still some true wraps, nowadays you’ll often find faux wrap options (where the sides don’t actually separate or come untied) or dresses with slits and seams that give a wrap illusion.
Whether you wear a true or faux wrap, what makes the style so alluring is its versatility. “The endless amount of options when choosing this type of dress makes the style timeless and easy to fit into different aesthetics,” Coleman says. “For a more boho bride you could have a wrap wedding gown with flowy sleeves and lace detailing, or if you are a modern bride, a simplistic silk wrap dress would be perfect for a sleek look.”
If you’re interested in this comfy style or just want to get inspired, keep scrolling for 22 of the most wonderful wrap wedding dresses from our favorite designers.
Size: 0-30 | Materials: Silk | Length: Floor-length
With a sweetheart neckline, light gold accents, and optional lantern sleeves, Rebecca Schoneveld’s Evemarie ballgown is as romantic as they come. The asymmetrically hand-pleated bustier and high slit give the illusion of a wrap, without you having to actually worry about tying the thick fabric together.
Size: 0-30W | Materials: Polyester, spandex, charmeuse | Length: Cocktail-length
Whether for a courthouse wedding, an easy-to-dance-in option for the reception, or you’re just not about floor-length gowns, this flattering, hand-pleated charmeuse slip is a charming choice. The faux wrap cinches the waist while the tulip skirt adds a dash of flirtiness.
Size: 0-32 | Materials: Chiffon | Length: Floor-length
Sweet ruffles and a soft Champagne hue make Revelry’s Valerie a springtime favorite. The tie sash, overlapping bodice, and slitted skirt give a wrap illusion, but the side zipper and built-in cups provide more security and coverage. Select the style in regular, tall, petite, or cocktail length for a flawless fit.
Size: 0-32 | Materials: Lace, tulle | Length: Floor-length
Tulle wrap dresses are fairly uncommon, but this exquisite option from Pronovias gives a faux wrap appearance due to its V-neckline and thigh-high slit. Paired with a floral and vine lace bodice, the Hendren was made for fairy-tale weddings and whimsical “I dos.”
Size: 0-30, custom | Materials: Satin, lace | Length: Floor-length
Azazi’s Fahren is one of Coleman’s favorite faux wrap dresses thanks to its luxurious stretch satin and lace back detailing. The pleated, boned bodice—which you won’t find in traditional wrap dresses—gives a flattering wrapped appearance reminiscent of old Hollywood icons, while the side slit shows the perfect amount of skin.
Size: 0-30 | Materials: Sequins, beading | Length: Floor-length
Sequins and shine make this A-line Adrianna Papell gown a stunning standout. The true wrap features the customary plunging neckline and front slip, while the all-over glittering details and sheer beaded sleeves create a shimmering effect that adds the ideal amount of luster.
Size: 2-14 | Materials: Lace | Length: Floor-length
Keep cool at your summer celebration with this festive frock from Monique Lhuillier. A mini-length slip is covered by an Anglaise lace overlay and ¾ flounce sleeves that’ll feel breezy in the heat. What’s more, the whole look is tied together—literally—with a sunshine yellow self-tie sash. Accessorize with bright blooms and some statement earrings for a cheerful day-of look.
Size: 8-24 | Materials: Chiffon, lace | Length: Floor-length
Soft as air chiffon and hand-embroidered Rebrodè lace makes Maison Signore’s Indira dress a seasonal favorite. The wrap slit skirt shows some leg while the detachable chiffon sleeves (easily removable for a second look) give a more covered-up look. Swarovski crystals also dot the lace bodice, adding a touch of sparkle to the aesthetic.
Size: Custom sizing | Materials: Polyester, chiffon | Length: Floor-length
Hand beading, intricate lace, and cups for security, this faux wrap from Grace + Ivory has it all. The soft chiffon skirt and floral-inspired bodice look right at home in outdoor celebrations, especially when complemented with some fresh flowers or greenery tucked in your hair.
Size: 0-30W | Materials: Polyester, spandex | Length: Midi/High-low
Ruffles and satin don’t always go hand-in-hand, but when they do, it’s truly something special. This faux-wrap David’s Bridal gown features luxe satin, flutter sleeves, and a cascading ruffle along the slit that adds a flirty touch to the chic style.
Size: Custom sizing | Materials: Silk, crepe | Length: Floor-length
Grecian-inspired and goddess caliber, Galia Lahav’s Lais gown is the stuff of myths. The draped silk crepe dress boasts a wrap-style slit skirt and features an asymmetric corset bodice that feels reminiscent of ancient rulers.
Size: 0-30 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Floor-length
Party like Gatsby in this art-deco design from Adrianna Papell. The faux-wrap dress doesn’t feature a slit but is tied together with flutter sleeves and all-over hand beadwork.
Size: 00-32 | Materials: Satin | Length: Floor-length
Coming in over 15 color options, this satin wrap dress from Amsale is the epitome of understated elegance. Showcasing a V-neckline, shallow V-back, and a side slit revealed by movement, this is a contemporary choice for the modern bride.
Size: S-L | Materials: Polyester, chiffon | Length: Floor-length
We love a wedding look that can double as a wardrobe staple, and this traditional wrap from Tobi will quickly become an everyday favorite. The soft chiffon A-line style and dainty flutter sleeves are easy to dress up with statement jewelry or an elaborate headpiece.
Size: XXS-3X | Materials: Polyester | Length: Floor-length
This cream-colored wrap dress from Lulus is ideal for engagement shoots and elopements. Brides love the gauzy long sleeves, flowy high slit, and self-tie that cinches the waist. The style also comes in navy, green, and burgundy if cream isn’t for you.
Size: 0-14 | Materials: Cotton | Length: Mini
Want a reception look you can really dance in? This mini from ASOS will make you feel party-ready! The sweetheart neckline, blouson sleeves, and ruffle overlay give that special occasion vibe while the draped waist detailing gives a wrap illusion.
Size: Custom sizing | Materials: Lamé or silk charmeuse | Length: Floor-length
Alexandra Grecco’s ultra-chic Aster jumpsuit will make you rethink a dress thanks to its ‘70s style flared leg fit and faux wrap bodice. The V-neckline elongates while the waist tie further highlights your figure. Select the look in silver or off-white depending on your day-of vision.
Size: Custom | Materials: Lace, nylon, elastane | Length: Floor-length
The traditional lace gown gets a sultry makeover with the figure-hugging Sofia. This comfortable stretch gown is easy to slip on and off, and comes with built-in cups (you can choose your padding level) and multiple train options. We love the trim running up from the side slit that gives an effortless wrap illusion.
Size: XS-XL | Materials: Polyester | Length: Floor-length
Coming in white/blue and multicolor options, this true wrap dress from Lulus is a dream for rehearsals, honeymoons, and relaxed wedding celebrations. While the V-neckline and high slit are both wrap standards, the bright print makes this a fun choice for modern brides.
Size: 0-30, custom | Materials: Satin | Length: Floor-length
Visible boning and a flattering wrapped skirt make Azazie’s Starlow gown a sultry favorite. The high slit elongates your legs, the cowl neckline compliments your décolletage, and the chapel-length train brings the entire bridal look together.
Size: 0-32 | Materials: Crepe | Length: Floor-length
Long sleeves are a winter wedding must, and the Aedan gown will keep you warm while you say your “I dos.” The tuxedo-inspired crepe dress has an open back and high, wrap-illusion slit to keep the style from feeling too covered. What’s more, the added floral waist detail is a fun way to include warm-weather elements into a cold-weather gown.
Size: Custom sizing | Materials: Lace, tulle, crepe de Chine | Length: Floor-length
Floaty fabric and strapless designs are ideal for sandy shore celebrations, and the Song gown from Grace Love Lace is a beachy bride’s dream come true. The plunging neckline and ultra-high slit give a faux wrap illusion while pearl-embellished tulle and eyelash lace trim add a playful touch.
What to Look for in a Wrap Wedding Dress
Wrap wedding dresses are great for brides who value comfort on their big day. While this versatile style comes in many different aesthetics, they typically lean modern and chic, which means clean lines and fewer uncomfortable embellishments. Before selecting a wrap for the special day, Coleman says you need to take some time to really consider the fit of the dress on your body. She suggests looking out for necklines that pull or pucker, extreme draping, ties that don’t secure, and the amount of skin showing. Wraps often have high slits and showcase cleavage, so think about whether or not you’re comfortable with that on your special day. If you have concerns, talk with your seamstress about options. Sewing the two sides together (essentially turning it into a faux wrap), adding some fabric to the bust, or lowering the slit could still give you a wrap look with a little more security.
The good news is that no matter your venue or wedding day aesthetic, there’s a wrap dress for you. “The wrap dress silhouette is very versatile and can be worn for any season,” Coleman explains. As with any gown, you will want to take note of the fabric and sleeve length to ensure you’re cool and comfortable (or nice and warm) on the special day.
You’ll want to consider your venue—and weather—before selecting a true wrap dress. Not only can these come untied, but they can also expose more skin in pesky breezes. Double knot your ties and consider adding a button to ensure the wrap stays shut. You can also have a tailor sew the wrap together, creating a faux wrap but still giving the same tied illusion.
The good news is that wrap dresses are typically more simple in design than ballgowns or tulle dresses, which means you can expect them to be slightly more affordable. Ultimately, though, it’s going to be the type of fabric, amount of embellishments, and designer name that determines the final price tag.
About the Author
Rachel Varina is a social media, digital marketing, and editorial expert with over seven years of professional writing experience. Her work has appeared on sites such as Betches, Cosmopolitan, and Elite Daily.