What Does Faux Wrap Silhouette Mean?

CBS morning news show co-host Gayle King wears a faux wrap to a pre-party for the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner.
CBS morning news show co-host Gayle King wears a faux wrap to a pre-party for the 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner. (Image: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

The term "faux" is derived from the French word for something "false" -- so anything faux is an imitation of the real thing. A wrap dress wraps around the body, and is fastened with some form of closure, such as a belt or pin. A faux wrap dress is one that mimics the look, but is actually sewn shut.

Modern Origins

Women have been wrapping their bodies in animal hides and fabrics for centuries. In terms of recorded fashion trends, the French designer Christian Dior is credited with originating a look that accentuated female curves with a wrap technique. New York designer Diane Von Furstenberg is considered the fashion industry's leader in wrap dress design, whether they actually open and close with a belt or pin, or slip on with the same visual effect.

Faux Wrap Dress Versatility

The faux wrap dress mimics the carefree, feminine look of a true wrap dress, but the closure can be positioned anywhere, because there's no worry of the dress coming undone. Like true wrap dresses, faux wrap dresses look great with long, mid-length and short hemlines. Faux wrap dress styles can also help thin women appear curvier, and heavier women appear slimmer.

Body Type Suitability

Hemlines for wrap dresses -- real or faux -- run the gamut from thigh-high to floor length. And they suit body types that range from tall and thin to short and wide -- they even suit pregnant women. Faux wrap dresses can be tailored or adjusted to accentuate the aspects of a woman's physique she most wants to highlight (such as her bosom or waistline), and downplay physical features she wishes to downplay (such as the abdomen).

Faux Wrap Dress Designers

The list of major retailers and fashion labels that continually market faux wrap dresses ranges from high-priced to affordable, and from trendy to traditional. They include retailers Lord & Taylor, Nordstrom, The Avenue, Target, The Home Shopping Network, JC Penney, Saks Fifth Avenue, Banana Republic, and Lane Bryant; and the labels Kardashian Kollection, Diane Von Furstenberg, Anne Klein and Narciso Rodriguez.

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