Today’s Coveted Working Look: Richley Short Dress

by Anne Dreshfield | January 10th, 2013   

I’m writing to you all from the warm beaches of Hawaii–well, not quite. I’m looking at the ocean, but I’m not actually on the beach! I’m here on a much-needed family vacation, and the laid-back style of the Big Island had me inspired. While browsing a few shops near where I’m staying, I noted that a popular option for a working wardrobe here is the ever-versatile wrap dress. Needless to say, I was immediately on the hunt for a wrap dress that could take me from a walk on the beach to the office without changing a thing.

Enter Diane von Furstenberg. Raise your hand if you’re surprised! DvF is often considered the go-to brand for excellent wrap dresses, as many consider her the designer who perfected this simple, easy style. For this week’s Coveted Working Look, I headed to DvF for inspiration and found it almost instantly.

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Diane von Furstenberg’s Richley Short Dress is a wonderful take on the basic wrap dress for the office. A classic shape, she can easily transition from spring, to summer (those sleeves will keep you warm in the relentless office air conditioning!), to the crisp air of fall. I love the abstract pattern of falling squares, which add detail and interest without overwhelming the silhouette of the dress. The tie at the waist allows for you to cinch it just so to accentuate your waist, which is, for me, always welcome! Add a camisole if the V is too deep for you, or a dainty drop necklace that falls in the perfect place.

Have you invested in a wrap dress? I adore how easy they are to style, and how comfortable they are for a long day at work. Diane von Furstenberg may be a bit pricey, but each dress, like the Richley Short Dress, is a wardrobe staple. Consider it an important fashion investment, and you’ll be wearing this dress through both the seasons and the years!

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All hail the DVF wrap dress! Love that pattern. Stunning.

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 @closetcoach Thanks for the comment! And all hail indeed! No one does the wrap dress quite like DVF.