Worker V: 2.2 Little Black (Wrap) Dress

I love a good LBD—who doesn’t?

But what I love more is an LBWD, a little black wrap dress. I already have several and know just how versatile (and forgiving) they can be. When Karina Dresses contacted me about giving one of their microfiber, machine-washable jersey dresses a test-run, I was a little reluctant because the dresses, while attractive, aren’t particularly my style.

But when I saw Rita, a LBWD, I couldn’t resist. The slightly plunging (read: sexy) neckline, hint of knee, and puffed shoulders got me—I knew this dress would serve me well in the office. And then I put her on, literally straight from the mailing envelope, and she looked just like this:

Dress: Rita, courtesy of Karina Dresses • Bag: Gifted Rebecca Minkoff Linen Spark Satchel • Heels: Elie Tahari
Rings: YSL • Leather Bracelets: Tory Burch

After wearing this dress to the office, and sitting in it virtually all day, I can attest to this: the dress is extremely comfortable, very flattering, and totally, 100% wrinkle-proof. A highly packable dress for ladies who travel. And since the company’s tag line is “dresses for ‘every-body,'” that means several dress styles fit up to a size 20. That’s good. Most of us are not a size zero.

I chose this dress in black knowing it would allow me to totally change the look of it with accessories. Since it’s summer now, I paired it with platform sandals to play into the ’70s feel, but added leather bracelets and gold to keep it fresh. I’m looking forward to wearing it with my wooly vests and OTK boots in fall. I think this dress needs a little naughty to balance out all that nice.

And thanks to Rebecca Minkoff!

Can I just say how much I’m loving the Rebecca Minkoff Spark Satchel I won, courtesy of Rebecca Minkoff’s Tumblr contest? I’ve been swapping it with other bags weekly this summer, and I cannot tell you how many people have complimented me on it. In fact, a girl yesterday asked me the exact brand name and style so she could track it down. It has turned out to be such a fantastic accent to my black-based wardrobe—plus, it’s well-made and roomy, without being huge. Total win, all the way around.

45 comments

  1. I truly understand your Trendy crush for this black dress Dear V, it looks like there is a lot of “Corporate compatiblity” in this wrap shape, its faultless structuring virtues indeed . . .
    ps: AND I widely agree about this necessary “naughty alchemy”, as a far to be accessory (and certainly electrifying) twist of Glam !!!

    à Bientôt, Antoine

  2. I live my life in monochrome and this would be a perfect addition to my wardrobe. I’m petite so sometimes wrap dresses don’t work around the chest area for me (too low, and I have to wear something underneath, which I’m loathe to do as it makes me look about fifteen again), but I can already tell with this one, because of where the waist wraps, that this really will work as one size fits all. Love the platforms you’ve paired it with here, too.

    http://www.styleonthecouch.com

  3. This dress looks great on you! I’m not particularly a fan of wrap dresses, but I really like this one. Congrats on winning the contest!! That is super exciting, and that satchel is awesome!!

  4. Love the whole outfit, head to toe. Had been looking for new dresses lately and this one looks spot on!
    You always look fab 🙂
    Joy x

  5. I have a long sleeved LBWD (from http://www.choosespun.com) and I love it! It’s such a great investment… and I love seeing you in a short sleeved version. I feel like it’s almost a bit softer in style than normal, but I think it’s nice to see– but it’s summer and that’s just lovely!

  6. What a lovely outfit (the fact it’s wrinkle proof doesn’t hurt) it looks very laid back and relaxed yet glamourous at the same time 🙂

  7. I’m no wrap dress girl (i’ve just never worn them) but this look absolutely stunning on you, V! actually, I should saw you look stunning in this. It fits impeccably.

    xx Marissa

  8. You look fantastic in your new dress, V! I love that it’s wrinkle-proof. Sometimes I stand there ironing a top to perfection and then I realize it’s going to get wrinkled anyways. It would be so nice to have more clothing that doesn’t wrinkle so much. It’s especially annoying in the Summer from the sweat of the heat we have to endure. Ugh!

    Anyways, you look gorgeous!

  9. I’ve always been afraid of wrap-dresses. But I can’t say a bad thing about the one you have on here. You always look fab though, so I am not a hint surprised I like it 🙂

    And that baaaaag! Gahhhhh. So perfect for summer.

    Gorgeous, V.

    XO,
    Erika

  10. A wrap dress is a great piece to have. I find they travel well too, since they’re often made of a crease-resistant fabric. You look fantastic in those heels.

    1. Not sure, Terri. You’ll have to check the Web site to see. I was rather attracted to the rounded hemline as well.

      Thank you!

  11. Rocking the LBWD! I love this. I honestly don’t have a wrap dress, but I think I should – it seems like it would be a good match for my figure. Looking at their site I’m loving the Marisa dress too, especially in that charming blue. So cute.

    And your Minkoff satchel is divine! I can definitely see it turning some heads, it’s such a wonderful statement piece.

  12. this is such a classic but kind of bad ass look. Love it. I think wrap dresses are just genius- they look so great on every figure, and I also love wrap skirts.

  13. Another great look. Wrap dresses don’t look so good on me so I gave up on them a long time ago but it certainly works on you. Yowza! I’m deeply dying over the bag, perfect for summer (or any time, really), and I love the shoes and your nails!

  14. I have a paisley pink wrap dress I’ve had for years. It saw me through a pregnancy and I LOVE it. Seeing this I am convinced I should invest in some other colors. You rock this black dress.

  15. This LBWD looks amazing on your figure. I’ve yet to find one that is actually flattering on me. Either its too plunging of a neckline (and wearing something underneath would ruin it), or the waist/warp part sits at too high a point. This actually looks like its cut perfectly, and , as always, love how you styled it.

  16. Always a sucker for a wrap dress. Super professional. And loving even more those leather bracelets. Have been considering nabbing some for myself, and you might have me convinced.

  17. Does it stay together at the bust line though? It’s always a problem I find with wrap dresses, lovely and flattering as they are. I have a gorgeous DVF one which I almost never wear because it always opens there and I either have to pin it together or wear a camisole underneath – two reasons I end up choosing something else to wear for work.

    1. It actually does stay together at the neckline. I wore it to work and there was a hint of cleavage, but nothing inappropriate.

  18. Gosh, I love this dress! Want one! 🙂
    Unfortunately my breasts never really fill out wrap dresses – but I’ve been known to stich the overlap together to make them wearable. It’s a trick that works and nobody notices. 🙂

  19. Thank you, everyone, for ringing in on this version of Worker V. You’re all so patient with me and my black. Thank you!

  20. OMG. I want one, I need more professional clothing… since I got a NEW JOB! I still haven’t written up a formal post dedicated to the great path my life’s taken, but I did want to let you know that the Worker V series is a huge inspiration for my new grown-up life 😉

  21. That is a lot of nice to balance out, and I love the way you brought it from timid to subtly sexy. You have amazing style, Vahni. Love it doll!

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