How to Wear Wrap Tops

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How to wear a wrap top

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For the past couple of seasons, as far as t-shirt/blouse/top trends go, brands have been focusing on the shoulders and arms. From off-the-shoulder tops to cold-shoulder tops, and from puffed sleeves to bell sleeves, if you wanted a way to call attention to your shoulders and arms, there were (and still are) plenty of ways to do so.

However, recently, it seems as though designers have been taking a different approach as to what goes on your top half, and are shifting the focus towards the chest and waist area instead.  

Enter: the ultra-flattering, works-on-everyone wrap top!

Essentially a shorter version of the classic wrap dress, wrap tops are characterized by, you guessed it, the way that they wrap across your body to create a feminine silhouette that shows off your shape in the best way possible.

One of the great things about wrap tops is that they come in a bunch of different variations, from looser-fitting ones that tie at the hip, to more fitted ones that tie at the waist show off every curve, meaning that you're sure to find a wrap top that works for your body and personal sense of style.

Want to learn more about how to wear a wrap top?  Just keep scrolling to see three cute and wearable wrap top outfits.

Wrap Top Outfit #1

Saffron yellow three-quarter-sleeve wrap top that ties at hip and has small white star print; light-wash slightly distressed denim pencil skirt with destroyed uneven hem, white oval-shaped sunglasses with dark blue-green lenses, large cognac-brown cross-body bag with whip-stitching, cognac-brown suede and leather espadrille wedges with peep toe and buckle ankle strap, gold drop caged circle earrings, gold pendant necklace with round faceted gray-green stone surrounded by small black stones, gold hinge open wrap cuff bracelet with larger and smaller roses at either end

Products: Top - Madewell, Skirt - H&M, Sunglasses - Mango, Bag - Gap, Espadrilles - Gap, Earrings - Revolve, Necklace - Revolve, Bracelet - Madewell

This sunny, spring-y outfit is so easy to throw on and go! Simply put on a pretty yellow star-printed wrap top. (Note: The neckline on this top, like many wrap tops, is a little on the lower side, so don't be afraid to layer a simple tank or camisole underneath if you're uncomfortable showing a lot of skin.) Next, add a denim pencil skirt with a destroyed hem for some cool contrast.

You can't go wrong with a timeless whip-stitched cross-body saddle bag, while these chic peep-toe espadrille wedges are a daytime-appropriate way to add some extra height. (More ways to wear espadrilles here!)

Because they have V-necks, wrap tops are perfect for showing off pretty necklaces, which is why I chose this gorgeous and unique pendant.  

Finish off the look with some artsy drop earrings, a girly rose cuff bracelet, and a pair of on-trend white sunnies, and you've got yourself an elevated-casual look that's perfect for wearing to class, or even for brunch with friends on the weekend.

Wrap Top Outfit #2

Pale pink long-sleeved drapey faux wrap top with skinny tie, beige chain-strap bag with pale pink floral print and silver hardware, olive-green cropped wide-leg pants, gold stud earrings with diamond-shaped clear stone, two round clear stones, and gold ball accents; gold bracelet with gold "LOVE" and heart charms, gold necklace with slim horizontal half-moon, beige suede round-toe block-heel pumps with ankle strap

Products: Top - J.Crew, Bag - Mango, Pants - Madewell, Earrings - Bloomingdale's, Bracelet - Bloomingdale's, Necklace - Shashi, Heels - Gap

This look combines casual and elegant pieces for a look that is at once sophisticated and laid-back. It would be great for wearing to a job/internship at a creative workplace, or even on a date at a cool restaurant.

To get it, put on a beautiful pale pink wrap top (Okay, so this one's technically a faux-wrap top, but it still counts!), as well as a pair of olive-green cropped wide-leg pants. Then, grab a lovely floral-printed bag. 

Put on a pair of sturdy block-heel pumps to balance out the looseness of the clothes and add some structure.

Finally, for jewelry, keep things simple with dainty stud earrings, a cute charm bracelet, and a modern half-moon necklace.  

Outfit #3

Coral-red side-tie three-quarter-sleeve wrap top with ruffled neckline and sleeves and small white floral print, straw fedora hat with black band, white woven flat round-toe mules, high-waisted navy blue elastic-waist skirt, gold heart puff heart drop earrings, gold triple-layer hammered cuff bracelet held together with small vertical gold bars at either side with balls on either end, brass necklace with round etched "Oui" pendant, light beige round woven tote

Products: Top - Abercrombie & Fitch, Hat - ASOS, Mules - Topshop, Skirt - J.Crew Factory, Earrings - Revolve, Bracelet - Revolve, Necklace - Revolve, Tote - Mango

This fun, breezy outfit can be worn in Spring and into Summer, and would look great on anyone. Get it for yourself by pairing a feminine floral-print wrap top with a timeless navy blue skirt. Next, put on a pair of of-the-moment white woven mules.  

Gold heart drop earrings, a hammered cuff bracelet, and a romantic "Oui" pendant necklace add a sweet touch.

This woven tote has a minimal air about it that adds style without distracting from the rest of the look, while a straw fedora tops off the ensemble in style.

What do you think?

Are you a fan of wrap tops?  How would you style one?  Do you have any go-to retailers for buying cool wrap tops?  

Let me know in the comments!

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