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The new formal chic

The satin side-wrap dress just got a royal makeover.

fashion and trends Updated: Nov 27, 2010 00:28 IST
Zofeen Maqsood

When Kate Middleton chose to wear a simple yet elegant satin wrap dress for her first post-engagement press call to Prince William of Britain, she did create a fashion statement.

The fact that the-princess-to-be tossed high end couture in favour of a dress from the little-known Brazilian designer Issa, she did strike a common chord with the young fashionistas.

While the international blogs are going all praises for her simple looks, the fashion stores too, are reporting major sell out of wrap dresses similar to what Kate wore, not just in the UK, but globally too.

Closer home, in Bollywood too, the wrap dress has been making red carpet appearances. Designer Alpana says, “It’s incredible that Kate wore a dress that can be aspirational for every fashion-loving young girl. She didn’t choose a style that is too hoity-toity and that’s the charm of it. If you want to sport a similar look, without being flashy, we get you a list, where you can find similar dresses in the city.

How to rock the wrap look

* The wrap dress can work wonders for women with an hourglass frame. It cinches just at the waist, giving an
illusion of a tiny waistline and subtly lifts the bust, giving a fuller bustline. It also hides butt bulges, as it is neither too tight nor too flowy below the waist.

* The wrap dress is an ideal outfit for travelling as it can look casual as well as formal, depending upon how you pair your accessories. With flat ballet pumps, it looks a day time dress, but with high heels and chandelier earrings, it can look like a party dress.

* A wrap dress is a clever camouflage, if you have a baby bump. Unlike a kaftan, it won’t make you look big, but will still hide the bulge. It also works both as a solid single coloured outfit and in prints and geometrical checks.