This year marks the 40th anniversary of the wrap dress, the fashion phenomenon that took the fashion world by storm and established fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg as one of the biggest names in fashion.
Everyone from Carrie Bradshaw to your grandma has worn one. I wouldn't be surprised if you have a version of it in your closet right now. If you already own a wrap dress as well as a little black dress (designed by Coco Chanel, another fashion pioneer) and you're looking for a few more wardrobe staples, look no further.
Just as Diane von Furstenberg had wanted to create a simple dress that she herself would wear, the following three creators also fashioned stylish and original clothing for the modern woman.
The Origami Top by Pauline Nakios ($98)
If you practically live out of a suitcase or enjoy creating many looks from one fashion piece, invest in an Origami top. Exceedingly versatile and made of soft Peruvian pima cotton, it can be twisted, tied, or draped into more than a dozen different stylish configurations without feeling bunched up or bulky.
Creator Pauline aims to design luxurious clothes that fit a casual lifestyle. Depending on how it's worn, the Origami top is a cardigan, a wrap top, a halter or a tunic.
The Secret Sweater by Katherine Noyes Arnemann ($39.95)
Available in black or ivory, the Secret Sweater is an open cardigan that can be layered comfortably (and secretly) under a blazer or worn alone as a cute pairing with a dress. Creator Katherine had found herself reaching for sweaters at her cold workplace, but they didn't exactly go with her work attire -- and they were bulky, to boot.
The Secret Sweater provides extra warmth while being wonderfully compact. Made of soft, lightweight cotton and blended interlock fabric, it is virtually unnoticeable under a smart suit jacket. Plus, it folds right up into a packable tote, making it a perfect backup cardigan while on a business trip or just off to the movies.
The SkinnyShirt by Julie Kalimian ($68)
The SkinnyShirt features a stretchy, knit body paired with a woven cotton collar. The result is the classic look of a collared shirt under a sweater without the bulk, and it feels like you're wearing your favorite camisole.
Formerly a Newsweek executive, creator Julie found that recreating her favorite look wasn't quite as easy after a few kids. That's when she developed her first SkinnyShirt prototype, asking a local tailor to merge one of her collared shirts and a camisole. The SkinnyShirt is easy to pair with anything in your wardrobe for sharper, more professional look while retaining a stylish slim fit.
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