What’s the latest buzzword in every fashionista’s vocabulary? It’s the wrap skirt, of course – seen on every style influencer from Olivia Palermo to Gigi Hadid.
With the warmer temperatures of spring comes a changing attitude to fashion – one that’s light, playful and flirtatious. Enter the wrap skirt. We’re leaving the heavy, demure fabrics of the fall/winter season behind. In its place, we’re shifting into clothing that’s light, floaty and ever so flirty.
Wrap skirts are beautifully feminine in floaty, draped fabrics which create the perfect female silhouette. Add in an asymmetrical hemline and the effect becomes sultry and alluring, defining the curves in the most flattering way.
Best of all, they can be styled any way you see fit – classically feminine with nude heels or strappy stilettos; vamped-up and coy with knee-high boots; cool and bang on-trend with lace-up gladiator pumps or the tomboy street-styler option of sports trainers.
But don’t just take our word for it. These fashionable style mavens show us just how to wear the hottest springtime trend.
1. Leather living
It’s all about glamor when leather meets the latest skirt trend for spring. Featuring an elegant high waistline, this tan wrap skirt in draped faux leather is the perfect accompaniment to a soft pink camisole top. Nude suede eyelet heels complete the look along with a dainty box clutch purse.
2. All wrapped in red
Heads are sure to turn for this look that is equally elegant as it is provocative. In a vibrant shade of watermelon red, the comfortable scuba fabric is cut asymmetrically and beautifully wrapped over in the front. Paired with a softly draped white crossover blouse, the overall effect is subtle and quietly sexy.
3. Lush leather nights
For those nights that call for a little more coverage, take a style cue from Kerry Washington and pair your wrap skirt with knee-high suede leather boots from Stuart Weitzman. Snapped at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the Scandal star chose a crepe wrap skirt with an A-line shape and high waistline. What sets this look apart is the black leather top from Korean designer Ji Oh’s 2016 Resort collection – a standout item for cool spring dressing.
4. Model citizen
Chrissy Teigen shows us how to handle in-between seasonal dressing the model way. She teams a softly draped beige wrap skirt with a plain black vest and darker long trench coat. Her outfit expertly layers neutrals of different shades and textures, rounded off with black stiletto lace-up heels.
5. Wrapped up from head to toe
A black midi wrap skirt takes on new proportions when paired with a wrap denim blouse, as seen here on style blogger Folake Huntoon from Style Pantry. Her classic daytime look is polished off with pointy black stiletto heels – the perfect ensemble for a girly day on the town.
6. Easy does it
If dressed down and casual is more your style, you’ll love this easygoing daytime look from Mississippi-born model, Vanessa Moody, spotted here on the streets of Paris during the fall/winter shows. She keeps it cool and collected in a beige linen wrap skirt and a loose-fitting black T-shirt tucked in. Studded thong sandals complete the relaxed look.
7. Room to breathe
Oversized and roomy was a big trend we saw on the runways at the recent fashion weeks worldwide. Everyone from Rihanna for Puma to Marc Jacobs and DKNY embraced voluminous baggy sleeves. This trend now makes its way into spring, as seen here in this outfit by Australian brand, Hunter the Label. A wrap skirt in dusty rose is soft and feminine against the billowy fabric of a white oversized tee – edgy and fashion forward.
8. Fashion forecast
If there’s one fashionista who is always way ahead of the pack, it’s New York socialite Olivia Palermo. Here she is, spotted years ago front row at New York Fashion Week, already sporting one of this year’s hottest trends. Wearing a black tulip hem wrap skirt, she co-ordinates her look with a brown vest and beige trench coat neatly collected at the waist. A hint of animal print can be seen on her open-toed stiletto heels for a touch of sexy.
9. Sneaker mode
Open any fashion magazine right now and you’ll most likely see Gigi Hadid’s lithe frame adorning the pages. The model’s knack for creating sporty street style ensembles is a fashion editor’s dream. Here she pairs a dark gray and white patterned wrap skirt with a slinky black vest, topped off with the sneaker of the moment – Adidas Yeezy Boost.
10. Beige bliss
Also making her mark on the wrap trend is a fellow model, Kendall Jenner. Putting her own spin on the ladylike staple, the statuesque beauty opted for a chunky woolen knit to accompany her pale pink wrap skirt. Rounding off the lunchtime look are Christian Louboutin Lady Tuscan boots.
11. Stars in stripes
Take our word for it – stripes are here to stay, and the trend is not going anywhere anytime soon. Sienna Miller embraces the trend straight on, by pairing an asymmetrical black-and-white wrap midi skirt with a wrap blouse, also in stripes. Her bold look just goes to show – when it comes to fashion, the only rules that matter, are your own!
12. Shouldering beauty
A bohemian twist to the trend is to pair a gypsy-style off-the-shoulder top in crisp white together with a striped wrap skirt. This one is floaty and voluminous – an unexpected change from the usual fitted midi style we’ve become accustomed to.
13. Nice & neutral
Sometimes you just want to throw on an easy outfit for a day of relaxed wandering through town. For those days, a wrap skirt in soft suede is a perfect choice. Teamed here with a loose-fitting gray-brown top, the accessories are kept neutral in earthy shades of bronze and gold – the ideal choice for a carefree spot of exploring. Read this for more tops and skirts combination ideas.
14. Workplace winner
You can always count on women’s wear designer Tory Burch to create a look that is office appropriate and still trendy enough for brunch with the girls. Her Spring/Summer 2016 collection is teaming with feminine style staples, like this blue-and-white wrap midi skirt paired with a crisp longer-length white blouse tied at the waist.
15. Red red fine
Springtime can often mean the unpredictable weather. Combat the chill by covering up in a suede wrap skirt that rests mid-calf. A fitted polo neck top in deep black creates a dramatic contrast, especially when paired with barely-there strappy stiletto heels.
16. Black attack
For a decadent night out, you can’t go wrong with an ensemble in top-to-toe black. This midi wrap skirt is soft and flowing, paired with a simple fitted midriff-baring tank top. The real coup de force though is the choice of lace-up stiletto heels all the way up the calf – striking and oh so sexy!
17. Quite all white
On the opposite end of the color spectrum is the classic all-white ensemble. Dainty, exquisite and ultra-feminine, white creates an aura of sophistication and exclusivity. Here a pure white wrap skirt is paired elegantly with a button-down chiffon blouse. A crisp fitted blazer rests easily on her shoulders, with decadent stacked gold jewelry completing the luxe look.
18. Ladylike lessons
Who said ladylike needed to be conservative? This combination proves that elegant, feminine dressing can be daring and eye-catching too. A midi wrap skirt in pretty pale pink suede is offset here by a bold graphic tee and even brighter moto jacket in dark magenta. Legs are made to look even longer and slinkier in nude stiletto heels.
19. Just jean-ious
Denim is never far behind, no matter what the season or the trend – and the wrap skirt is no different. Here we see an easy denim wrap mini skirt casually paired with a button-down blouse rolled up at the sleeves, also in denim. The ensemble is kept relaxed and easygoing, paired with flat lace-up sandals in beige.
20. The power of pink
Spring is all about fun and flirty styles coming together to celebrate the warmer weather. We love this unconventional pairing of a sleek figure-hugging wrap skirt teamed together with an easy, loose-fitting midriff top with a drawstring neckline. The cool factor is upped even more by rounding off the ensemble with sporty white trainers.
21. Scallops, anyone?
No, we don’t mean the seafood variety. But this wrap skirt in pink salmon sure ticks all the boxes on our must-have list. With an interesting scalloped hemline, this midi wrap pencil skirt plays the starring role, simply paired with a high-neck black sleeveless top as well as faux fur stiletto heels – another quirky trend that has emerged this season.
22. Intuitive styling
If there’s one thing to be learned from fashionistas, it’s that fashion comes down to the individual. Style truly is in the eye of the beholder. In this creative ensemble, we see a rust-colored leather wrap skirt layered over another garment – what seems to be a longer-length button-down blouse in pale blue. Striped pointy-toed sling-back heels complete the ensemble.
23. Mustard musings
How do style insiders dress up their wrap skirts? By throwing caution to the wind and making up their own style rules as they go. Case in point: Hanneli Mustaparta, style blogger, photographer and former model. She pairs a mustard wrap skirt with a furry olive green sweater and sparkly pointy-toed pumps, as seen here at the Couture Fashion Week 2016.
24. Make it monochrome
One of the go-to uniforms of the fashion in-crowd will always be classic black and white. Just take fashion blogger, Jacie Duprie. She teams an asymmetrical black wrap skirt with a plain white T-shirt fashionably tucked in at the front. To elongate her legs, she wears black stiletto heels tied at the ankle.
25. Style influencer
She has been credited as the personal style inspiration for Kim Kardashian. So it should come as no surprise that the editor of Vogue Australia, Christine Centenera, shows us just how to style the wrap skirt. Showing just how versatile the item can be, she pairs a navy blue mini wrap skirt with a loose-fitting blouse in a similar color and a nautical fitted blazer. Injecting her own personal style into the look, she opts for Gucci heloise leather lace-up boots with mink pom-pom detail, as seen at the fashion house’s fall/winter 2015 showing.