In search of the perfect wrap top, I browsed the Internet, the catalogs,
and the outlet malls. Wrap shirts are becoming more and more versatile.
A person may buy them in silk, cotton, polyester, and acrylic, etc, not
to mention all the colors that are available. The prices vary almost
as much as the materials and colors. Some retailers have even created dresses
and suits with this wrap effect. The wrap shirt is also versatile
in the way that it can be worn. One could wear a wrap top with jeans,
khakis, skirts, leather pants. It all depends on the “look” one is
Depending on the style, the wrap shirt may tie in back, front, side, above
the midriff, on the waist, below the waist, or wind around one’s body a
few times before settling into place. I prefer the wrap tops that
tie on the side. A wrap top that ties in back might be uncomfortable
when one sits down in a chair. The phrase “knot in your back” literally
comes to mind.
I found some of the wrap tops, although tied tightly in place, might show
a bit too much cleavage. The high fashion, runway models like to
go bra-less when showing these shirts off. I recommend a push up
bra or deep V-bra when wearing one of these tops. I do not recommend
going bra-less however. One might “spill out” of their shirt on accident.
For those of you that do that on purpose . . . shame on you! If you
are looking for a higher neckline on a wrap shirt, good luck. The
only wrap shirt I found that didn’t practically show my belly-button (other
than the midriff tops) was the Paul Harris version. The Paul Harris
wrap top was conservative enough for the office (with a long black skirt
and boots), yet fun enough to take to the club (by combining it with some
sleek leather pants and slut sandals).
Range of Rubles
For the best price, the frugal fashion finder will want to emulate these
name brand looks by shopping at Target, TJ Maxx, Wal-Mart, Schottensteins
and the Thrift Stores. However, for the brand name junkie, outlet
malls rule the day! I think the least expensive wrap top I saw was
at Esprit Outlet for $16.99, and the most pricey wrap style was a suit
from Victoria’s Secret Catalog selling for $198.00. I called around
the local malls for their prices. Express has a wrap sweater for
$59.00, and a wrap shirt for $39.50 at Tuttle Crossing Mall. Ann
Taylor has a silk dress wrap top selling for $78, a silk shirt for $68,
and a cotton wrap shirt on sale for $39.99. Paul Harris is completely
sold out of their wrap tops in the local malls, however they may have received
a new shipment to the outlet stores. It is worth a check!
I went outlet mall shopping a few weeks ago. I tried on every wrap
shirt I came across. Ann Taylor Loft had some nice metallic blue-colored
dress shirts, however they didn’t fit me very comfortably. Also,
Ann Taylor was charging $58 a shirt or more. I wasn’t comfortable
with the plunge of the V in front; it was a bit low for comfort.
I wanted something with flexibility, so I didn’t feel “tied in” to the
shirt. I found the perfect wrap sweater at Esprit. I loved
the feel of the material, the price, and the color options, however it
was a midriff top. I couldn’t wear THAT to work! I bought my
khaki colored one for $16.99 on sale. Then I discovered the miracle
of Paul Harris. Paul Harris was having this crazy 40% off sale, and
they only had ONE wrap shirt left! I stripped it off the manikin,
tried it on, and fell in love! It was bright orange, and it still
wears like a dream! Of course, I had to buy it for $23.90 after the
“Wrapping” it up
Last but not least, there is a renaissance version of the wrap top, although
rarely worn to the office. I found a Vampire modeling it for a Halloween
costume online. Here are a few pictures of the wrap shirts to help
you visualize the various styles, colors, and prices.
Until next time, VSGAL.