It's been more than 40 years since Diane von Furstenberg unveiled her first wrap dress, but the designer is still being hailed ‘the most powerful woman in fashion' thanks to her most famous creation. And for good reason. Want a ready-made outfit which will always fit and always flatter, no matter how much your weight may yoyo? That will never crease? That works in the office, on the beach and after dark? Then you need a wrap dress. "It hides every secret you want to hide," as Sarah Jessica Parker, who says she "just felt flawless" when she donned her first wrap dress on the Sex and the City set, puts it. The wrap dress's V-cut neckline elongates petite and apple shaped bodies, whilst its waist tie cinches in hourglass and pear shaped figures a treat. Worried it'll emphasise your tummy? Just tie it at the back or side, rather than the front. Scroll down for our edit of this season's best wrap dresses. You're sure to find something to suit your style and your budget...
Starting us off is a piece from the famed designer herself. Work this loud print by playing it down with tame accessories. Layer under a thin black roll neck and finish with black patent boots and you're onto a winner.
A wrap dress is the ideal work day classic. Flattering and easy to wear, amp it up this season by choosing one with asymmetric hem. Perfect for drawing the eyes down to a pair of statement heels.
The most ceovetted fabric of the new season is velvet, so investing in staple pieces early on will see you through all of autumn/winter. Give this frock a vintage spin by decorating yourself with pearly accessories.
Dress it up or down, make this Mango dress the most versatile piece in your wardrobe. Keep it calm for a day at the office with some 10 denier tights and a chunky grey cardigan. Reinvent for night with a pair of racy red heels and ultra jewelled bag.
Show off your shape with this fitted wrap dress from Hobbs. With a soft blossom print set on a deep red shade, this dress is the grown up way to do florals.
An LBD is a style staple, and this one from Wallis will certainly hug you in all of the right places. Wear on a night out with some dazzling chandelier earrings and on-trend kitten heels.
Bigger and bold patterns are always more stylish and flattering. This monochrome piece from Finery means that it will go with any item in your wardrobe. We say define your waist even more with a bright belt.