The 10 Best Wrap Dresses for Every Occasion

It's time to wrap your head around wrap dresses.

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Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

Are you on the hunt for a dress that will never, I repeat never, go out of style? Then look no further than the wrap dress. This wardrobe staple has been around for nearly a century, but here's a quick refresher: Diane von Furstenberg reinvented it in the '70s, creating a dress that embodied simplicity and sexiness while also feeling uncomplicated and functional. When the designer landed on the cover of Newsweek in 1976 wearing one of her iconic creations, the wrap dress trend was cemented into fashion history for good.

Today, the wrap dress still remains a great option for accentuating your form and hugging you in all the right places—it deserves to be your go-to when you need a no-fuss look in no time at all. It works for just about any occasion, from formal winter weddings to low-key vacation days. And, in some cases, you can even wear your wrap dresses entirely open as a coverup for your favorite swimsuit. The options are truly endless, which is precisely why we at Marie Claire are so obsessed with it this season.

Our favorite wrap dress picks include a few classics as well as several reimagined alternatives that will keep you on your toes. Keep scrolling to shop the best options to pick up this season.

Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers everything from the latest beauty and fashion launches and sales to celebrity outfits and news. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and STYLECASTER. In her spare time, Julia can be found creating shopping guides for all of her friends, spending too much money on yet another pair of black boots, and cooking in her far-too-small kitchen.