With the spectacular weather we’ve been having, I wasted no time in breaking out this vibrant little number. I’m partnering with DVF for a few posts this season, to share some of her pieces that work beautifully on various body types. As a sale note, their friends & family event ends today 4/13 – take 25% off most items site-wide using code SPRING25. For a piece that can be worn for years to come, my pick is the iconic silk jersey wrap dress in a fresh blue (choices include a petite-friendly 19″ skirt and a 23″ skirt), or in their signature chain print.
While doing research on the wrap dress, I stumbled upon a tidbit of history that was interesting, especially to someone who has attempted sewing for quite a while now. When DVF first introduced it in 1973, shoppers could either buy the dresses in stores or recreate them at home. She sold her dress patterns through Vogue’s Very Easy line (ironic, as sewing with knits sounds anything but easy to me) starting at $1, and her printed knits went by the yard via Cohama fabrics. The patterns showed possibilities in various lengths, with/without collars, and even reversible! Take a look at one of these vintage patterns below.
I’d take this style and print here and now, 40 years later. Would just shorten the hem a tad.
Here’s another one – love this full-length stunner worn backwards below…what a silhouette! The dresses were met with success in the 70’s then re-introduced in 1997. Fast forwarding to today, their wrap dress is still made in a few core styles – the collarless “New Julian” which I’m wearing here, and the very similar but collared “New Jeanne.” The bottom of both styles has a slight flare and not a pencil silhouette. The wind must’ve been gusting in each of these photos, making the skirt appear more tapered than it is.
I’m wearing a sz 0 here in the 23″ skirt length without any alterations. I want to note that the attached belt and belt hole fall about 2″ below my natural waist, typical of a regular-sized garment when on a shorter figure (for reference I am 5 feet tall). I will be re-attaching it and shifting the hole a little higher, which is an easy fix that also prevents neckline gaps.
Material of the wrap dresses is a cool and smooth 100% silk. I had to double-check the content tag as I don’t own any silk with this kind of stretch and weight (feels like a light to medium-weight knit jersey).
You can’t go wrong with the classic chain print – it was a tough call, but I ended up with the blue batik shown here that was the first to catch both Nick’s and my eye : )