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The 7-Way Dress

June 11, 2009
Tristan's 4 in 1 and More dress, $89. Instructions included, we hope.

Tristan's 4 in 1 and More dress, $89. Instructions included, we hope.

One of the most interesting takes on this summer’s day-to-night dress is a Transformers-inspired number that can be tied, wrapped, twisted, haltered, strapped over one or both shoulders, or just plain dropped to the waist and worn as a skirt.

With so many different ways to wear the dress (Tristan, who makes this one, calls it the “4-in-1 and More” and I have to agree about the ‘more’ part. I hope that it comes with instructions (actually it does, and I’ve also attached video instructions to help make it easier for us to figure it out).

Tristan sells this fun and versatile summer dress in three solid colour options: coral, blue, and your basic black for an easy $89. I feel that the genius who invented the concept of a completely versatile dress should be promptly set back to work on creating more fun and practical pieces like this dress.

(I found other designers who create several-way dresses and theirs are available year-round in countless colour choices and also in a lovely floor-length version that is strikingly beautiful. More about these designers below.)

The Signature Wrap Dress is available year-round at Butter by Nadia (pictured above) and TwoBirds Bridesmaid.

The Signature Wrap Dress is available year-round at Butter by Nadia (pictured above) and TwoBirds Bridesmaid.

I love that we can embrace the one-shouldered trend but also spin it into a halter or a strapless if we feel like it on another day of the week. Not only that, but the full skirt and the comfortable fabric will make it easy to work on all body types and fun to wear.

Could it be that we finally found the perfect dress for the masses- one is fun, flirty, transformable, and can be glammed up or dressed down for a reasonable price? I say get yours before everyone else figures it out.

Here are Tristan’s 7 ways to wear the “4 in 1 and More” dress:

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UPDATE to this post:

Since writing this post in the summer, I’ve since wondered where we could find this dress during the rest of the year. Tristan’s bargain-priced summer collection number at $89 wasn’t meant to become a staple for this high-turnover retailer, and for some of us who didn’t buy one, this dress could be useful for a variety of occasions (like outfitting a fleet of bridesmaids!) More importantly, many of us were hoping for more subtle colours than the bright foursome by Tristan.

And that’s where Butter by Nadia and TwoBirds Bridesmaid come in. These labels are offering 7-way wrap dresses (or 15-way dresses.. depends on who’s counting) in lovely jewel tones and neutrals in a variety of fabrics and length. The Signature Wrap Dress by Butter by Nadia comes in short ($246) or long style ($360) and in either satin or jersey. The summer collection also included fun printed jersey but the solid colours are available year-round.

The Butter by Nadia Jersey Ball Gown wrap dress, $310

The Butter by Nadia Jersey Ball Gown wrap dress, $315

Butter by Nadia also created How-to videos that are posted on their website to show you all the different (and easy!) ways to tie the fun wrap dress. Here’s one of the videos; for more, see Butter by Nadia’s site or follow the YouTube link.

Another great option is the similar wrap dress by TwoBirds Bridesmaid, which is also available in multiple colours and either knee or floor-length ($270 – $310). The obvious benefit of ordering from this company is that they can easily outfit a team of bridesmaids for a wedding- which is a great option for those who want to keep a colour theme among their bridesmaids but understand that everyone might want a different style of dress. (And of course, who wouldn’t want to wear this bridesmaid’s dress again?) My favourite option from TwoBirds is the Rosette knee-length dress which is trimmed with fabric roses at the hem (pictured, bottom). We’re also told that there will soon be a two-tone colour version of the jersey wrap dress at Two Birds (!)

TwoBirds Bridesmaids Classic jersey wrap dress

TwoBirds Bridesmaid Classic jersey wrap dress, $310

The Rosette wrap dress by TwoBirds Bridesmaid, $370

The Rosette wrap dress by TwoBirds Bridesmaid, $370

Happy wrapping!

Images courtesy of Tristan, TwoBirds Bridesmaid, and Butter by Nadia.

Special thanks to Jordana for the tip about Butter by Nadia!

41 Comments leave one →
  1. Rachel permalink
    June 11, 2009 9:37 pm

    I love this dress!!! Does it come with instructions though? lol…

    • Nina permalink
      September 15, 2011 6:07 pm

      I just got one, and sadly mine didnt! But I hear there are alot of helpful videos on youtube! :)

  2. June 16, 2009 1:16 pm

    this is awesome! yes, does it come with instructions? and how much?

    • August 5, 2009 3:21 pm

      Yes, it has instructions and it’s available now in most stores for 50% off the last ticketed price for their summer sale. I’m in the Mississauga area and I’m about to make my purchase today. I am not a Tristan Employee but I love a great sale! Original price is $89.

      • August 5, 2009 3:38 pm

        Cray: Thanks so much for the update! I love a sale, too! I wish I knew which colour you’re choosing :)
        -Johanne

  3. Kirstin permalink
    August 27, 2009 6:56 pm

    I really love this dress and would like to use it as my bridesmaids’ dresses… but I’ve never heard of Tristan before. Can I order them online (if so what’s the website) or do I need to go to the physical store? Thanks!

    • August 27, 2009 9:09 pm

      I know what you mean- it’s a great dress and a really fun idea for a bridesmaid crew! I hadn’t thought of that but really- that’s fantastic!

      The stores are in Canada and in America; here’s the website: http://tristanstyle.com/

      You’ll have a hard time finding it at this time of the year since it’s a summer product… But it’s worth a shot. Also a lot of other manufacturers and designers were making their own versions this season, so you may get lucky and find the similar concept. Hope you do; I’d love to see a pic of your lovely bridesmaids in all the different dress configurations! :)
      J.

  4. Mallorie permalink
    September 3, 2009 6:27 pm

    This dress is awesome!! I found it in a magazine, but can’t seem to find where to purchase one! Has anyone found it??

  5. October 1, 2009 4:33 pm

    After thinking I’d never find this dress for sale anywhere again, I stumbled across one that’s made by TwoBirds Bridesmaids. It’s lovely! You can order one for yourself as a party dress or a whole series of them for your bridesmaids right from the website: http://www.twobirdsbridesmaids.com/

    It’s available in “Classic” which is gorgeous, or shorter at the knee and hemmed with rosettes. So beautiful.

    And pure genius!
    -J.

  6. Jordana permalink
    October 4, 2009 8:55 pm

    I read about a similar dress in the October issue of Glamour (p. 136). The dress in Glamour can be found at http://www.shopbutterbynadia.com. It even comes in satin!

  7. Nathalie permalink
    October 29, 2009 9:28 pm

    Can anyone tell me how to care for the dress (washing and ironing instruction). I unfortunately through out the instructions and cut the tag.
    Thanks

    • November 2, 2009 1:17 pm

      Hm, I would check on the websites of the other retailers (listed above in the Comments). Otherwise, you could look up instructions for washing jersey or whatever fabric is listed on the tag of your dress :)
      -J.

  8. Heidi permalink
    March 18, 2010 10:50 am

    Avon sells one for $29 (although they are currenly sold out).

    http://shop.avon.com/shop/product.aspx?code=&level1_id=300&level2_id=584&pdept_id=372&dept_id=648&pf_id=38818&level=4

    • March 19, 2010 10:12 am

      Wow! Thanks for letting us know- looks like it’s back in stock. The price is amazing on this dress. It’s a definite must-have. Thank you so much for sharing!
      - J

  9. cmtaubman permalink
    March 22, 2010 1:29 am

    They sell a top version of this in hong kong – they’re everywhere in the street markets – you can convert from halterneck to boob tube and even wear it as a scarf or pashmina! I love how people can be so clever with fashion!

  10. Aurelie permalink
    May 19, 2010 7:53 pm

    hii , tanks for that video but i want to now how to make the other style cause i got a dress that we cant pu in 8 different way , but i dont now how to put it ?

  11. Kami permalink
    June 16, 2010 5:21 pm

    Hey! You can get a blue one on avon!! Only $29.00!

    Visit my website…
    http://www.youravon.com/kamiterry

  12. Jen permalink
    July 31, 2010 12:34 pm

    Anyone know where to get something like this in the UK?

  13. Claudia permalink
    September 9, 2010 9:24 am

    This is adorable, where can I purchase the Tristan’s 4 in 1 and More dress for $89?

    Thanks!

  14. January 10, 2011 12:25 pm

    Hi Claudia, Thanks for stopping by Fashion in Motion!

    I’m glad that you liked our 7-Way Dress- it’s a very popular one on our site and we get asked questions about it all the time!

    Because we featured this dress in the summer of 2009 from a Canadian retailer, it’s no longer available at Tristan for $89. However- there is hope!!

    We have found TWO other companies who make it and actually offer way more fun variations on this dress! Here’s what is out there (as far as we know :)):

    Company: TwoBirds Bridesmaids
    You can order one for yourself as a party dress or a whole series of them for your bridesmaids right from the website: http://www.twobirdsbridesmaids.com/It’s available in “Classic” which is gorgeous, or shorter at the knee and hemmed with rosettes. So beautiful.

    Company: Shop Butter by Nadia
    The convertible dress is available here at http://www.shopbutterbynadia.com. It even comes in satin!

    Happy shopping!!
    -Johanne

  15. March 1, 2011 6:04 pm

    goto: http://www.erinsavon.com then click SHOP and then search for ‘Convert into Style Dress’. Its only 16.99! its on clearance on the Avon site.

    • March 15, 2011 8:19 pm

      The Blue one is on Avon’s site! http://www.erinsavon.com its great! Love mine. Use the code she has : FIRSTREP to get free shipping on your order. They have two other cute dresses that are convertible too. Can’t beat that :)

  16. Robin permalink
    July 9, 2011 9:48 am

    i had bought the avon dress and mine didnt come with instructions :( can anyone pleaseeeee e-mail me some or something lol if possible i will post my e-mail, just let me know thank you!!

    • July 11, 2011 3:08 pm

      Hi Robin,

      Some of the other places where this type of dress is sold have instructions online. You can search for ‘convertible dress’ or 7-way dress or any of the retailers we featured in this post and you should find some with instructions.

      Hope you’ll enjoy your dress! Have fun learning how to wrap it!
      -J :)

  17. Kayla permalink
    August 11, 2011 2:38 pm

    I really like the ones from henkaa. They are really good prices and have a huge color selection.

  18. September 30, 2011 6:46 pm

    I agree with Kayla. I bought some of the cheaper versions before and they were just that – cheap! The fabric is stiff and totally unflattering (i.e. seeing every bump and lump and uncomfy too) – the fullness and texture of the fabric is everything. Anyway, I ended up getting the Henkaa (www.henkaa.com) version for my bridesmaids and they were gorgeous and really happy with them too!!

  19. January 7, 2012 11:32 am

    ya’ll should check out http://www.angelrox.com there is a wrap dress that seems like is should be considered with the ones above – they have videos and photos of it as a skirt, a shawl, kimono. its really nice and it looks like there are multiple lengths, even ones for girls

  20. Lola permalink
    January 26, 2012 7:29 pm

    AHHHH SO EXPENSIVE!! I literally made this dress in a really gorgeous teal today for $13 of fabric, $1.50 of thread and on a $50 sewing machine I got at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago. it was my FIRST piece of clothing I’ve EVER made – that’s how easy it is to make!! don’t pay any more than $40 for this concept! It’s awesome but you can make it, or commission someone to! the tutorial I used was at sewlikemymom.com under “Little Red Infinity Dress”.

  21. bernice permalink
    February 9, 2012 8:36 pm

    I want to buy this dress. How and where can I buy?

    • February 21, 2012 4:02 pm

      You can purchase a similar dress from avon: http://shop.avon.com/shop/product.aspx?pf_id=43777 (Instructional video also on this page) for only $29.99. This particular dress was featured in Woman’s World Magazine in it’s “More for your Money” Article. It’s a beautiful dress and GREAT for spring! You can also find the instructions to wear (even as a skirt) on Youtube: http://youtu.be/E3zu4o1VS-k Hope this helps! Best wishes!

    • April 29, 2012 8:47 pm

      You can buy a great range of convertible dresses in up to 30 colours from http://www.myriad6.com this company has really taken the dress to another level I have just received mine and it is gorgeous. I highly recommend this brand

  22. sweet permalink
    August 20, 2012 7:12 am

    hi there! I love the dress and I’m here in Abu Dhabi UAE. where can I buy this sexy 7 ways to wear dress aside thru the net shopping. Thank you and best regards!

  23. Tiffaney permalink
    August 20, 2012 9:34 pm

    How munch is the dress? and do you have it in white?

  24. brista permalink
    August 28, 2012 11:48 am

    You can make this for under $20 if you have even the smallest bit of sewing skills. It’s basically three rectangles of stretch fabric sewn together. And if you don’t want to sew, you can find etsy dealers who their own and seal for way less than these “designers.”

    • August 28, 2012 4:43 pm

      Thanks for the sewing tip- this is awesome!!
      -Johanne

    • Christina permalink
      March 11, 2013 11:21 pm

      Brista,

      Do you have a diagram of how to sew the three rectangles of fabric together? How do you cut the portion used for the bodice/straps?

      Thanks for the tip!

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