The effortlessly cool wrap dress has once again flooded our instagram feeds and bloggers and brands are waxing lyrical about all the reasons we should have one – and they wouldn’t be wrong. Few styles stand the test of time and surpass current trends quite like the wrap dress. While it has been in existence since the 30s, the wrap dress is most synonymous with Diane Von Furstenberg’s reinvention of the silhouette in the mid 70s. Von Furstenberg’s reinterpretation of the simple design resulted in a dress that was not only easy to wear and extremely flattering, but was largely linked to sexual freedom and women’s liberation in the 70s. This iconic dress has remained a staple piece in women’s closets today.
With its versatile design and flattering shape, it’s no wonder women (and men) have been lusting over this timeless style for almost half a century. Brands like Realisation Par and Reformation have renewed my interest in this dress thanks to their evocative images of beautiful women sipping on champagne while oozing sex appeal and confidence (always was a sucker for good marketing). But it was only when I laid eyes on this floral beauty from Kim Sassen did I really want one. And when I thought it couldn’t get better, I discovered that what appeared to be a simple wrap dress was in fact two separate pieces! Thanks to design ingenuity, here we have a stunning two-piece garment that can be worn as a midi wrap dress or alone as a shirt or skirt.
Kim Sassen – the brains behind this creation – is a Cape Town based designer who uses her namesake clothing brand to empower woman to see their beauty through quality and sustainable clothing. Drawing inspiration from history and nature, Kim aims to create garments that will stand the test of time and remain consistently in style with their classic fit and unique touch. All designs, pattern work and sampling are done by Kim with the help and advice from her small team while working from her intimate home studio. She then outsources the cutting and employs the services of an independent seamstress whom she works closely with to ensure all garments are made to standard. ”It is important to us as a brand to have a respectful and kind working relationship with everyone who’s hands are a part of the development of each garment.”
You all know how zealous I am about getting more out of my clothes and here is a perfect example of how to do so. Below I show you how I turn one outfit into three.
Wrap Dress | Kim Sassen
Mules | Kaali Leather Apparel
Wrap Skirt | Kim Sassen
Sneakers | Vans
Wrap Shirt | Kim Sassen
Jeans | Vintage