How to say it: rap skurt
- generally made in one flat piece
- wraps around the waist and is fastened at the side by tie, button or stitching
- the amount of wraparound determines the amount of slit in the skirt
…of the style: The wrap skirt is one of those garments that has probably been around since day dot, but no one has really written about them. I have found sources that state the wrap skirt was worn as far back as the third millennium B.C.E in South Asia as well as ancient South American cultures, and Native American tribes throughout history – but I doubt they are the only people to have worn the wrap skirt through the ages.
In more modern times, the wrap skirt was popular in the 1920s and 1960s -70s, during which time the preferred style was long, with hemlines often dropping all the way to the floor. The wrap skirt was also popular in the 1990s, however women preferred them shorter during this decade. The popularity of the skirt is likely due to its ease and flexibility of fit and fact that home sewers are able to make them from a relatively simple pattern.
In the 21st century, the wrap skirt retains a large presence on the fashion marketplace and every retailer from the top-end designers to the high-street brands offer long and short styles in various colours, textures and lengths.
…of the name: It is called a wrap skirt because it wraps around the body.
There isn’t a lot of information about the Wrap Skirt out there; try the Fairchild’s Dictionary of Fashion or WiseGeek for a great description or type the term into your favourite search engine and see what you come up with.
21st Century Wrap Skirts
Modern wrap skirts aren’t always fastened with a tie or bow – many are sewn permanently into place which does take away some of the flexibility of fit. However, 21st century designers have taken the wrap skirt to a new level, playing with lengths, shapes and textures to create beautiful versions of this somewhat basic style.
J.Crew, Alice + Olivia