These modern, minimalistic one-piece Iro gowns (or gown-wrapper) that look like wrapper-with-blouse-attire and some that resemble the traditional Iro-and-Buba attire or George Wrapper and Blouse combo. These fancy wrapper-and-gown outfits are disrupting the Nigerian fashion scene, and perfect for anyone that finds it challenging to tie wrappers. This post features our picks of the best Iro Gowns styles.
Iro Gowns, also known as Gown-wrapper attires, are a very minimalistic one-piece versions of the traditional wrapper and blouse attires. They’re sewn to look like a maxi gown with side drapes so that the bottom part resembles hand-tied traditional Nigerian wrappers.
Another version of these one-piece wrapper-and-blouse-like dresses is the skirt-wrapper, which is sewn in the form of a long skirt and blouse and feature a big bow tie at the side or back. These styles are sewn with traditional Nigerian wrapper materials such as lace, aso-oke and George fabrics.
In this post, we’ve picked the best of the latest wrapper-gowns and iro gown styles. You’ll love them. Now, swipe/ scroll down to check them out.
#1, 2: Lace and Aso-Oke Wrapper-Gown Dresses with Side Drape
Toke Makinwa (above left) looks opulent in that black off-shoulder aso-oke wrapper-gown dress with a touch of white accent colour. She ties a wrapper on top of the dress to make it appear like a double-wrapper attire. She completes the look with a matching black glee headtie, black hand-fan, silver strappy heeled sandals, and dark sunglasses.
In the second image (above right), Toke dons a side-draped lace Iro Gown in hot pink and a matching turban cap. This fitted long gown flatters her curves and skin.
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3, 4: George Gown-Wrapper Style Dresses with Side Draping
The bride on the left (above) dazzles in a cream top with fawn-brown and silver combination wrapper-gown George. Above right, @chiomagoodhair slays this pink and blue gown-wrapper in George material.
This skirt-wrapper style outfit comes in a George skirt with a separate George blouse or lace top. Then, there’s also a top George wrapper, which is tied on top of the skirt. The final look is a double wrapper and blouse attire.
Aside from the slit on the side or at the back of the long skirt, which peeks through a little bit, you may not know that there is a skirt underneath the top wrapper.
5-7: Fitted Buba Gown/ Iro Gown Wrapper Styles with Side or Back Bow Tie
(Above left) Shimmering coffee brown iro gown | (Middle) Back view of a purple iro gown | (Right) Baby pink iro gown with a touch of brown.
(Above) Gold and black wrapper-gown with statement puff sleeves, accessorized with a navy blue glee headtie, and a bold statement necklace set.
9, 10: Sweetheart Neck Wrapper-Skirt and Top / Gown-Wrapper Styles
Top left: Royal blue top and light blue skirt-wrapper in velvet mixed with lace material. | Top right: Pink top and lavender skirt-wrapper with a huge floor-length side drape.
Why We Love Iro-Gowns, Skirt-Wrappers and Gown Wrappers
If you find tying wrappers difficult or fussy, these ‘iro gowns’ or ‘gown wrapper’ dresses are a no-fuss way to ‘wear wrapper attires’ without actually tying the wrappers. How cool is that!
We think that every Nigerian woman should have at least one wrapper-gown dress in her wardrobe. They’re perfect to wear to an occasion and also look amazing on brides who wear it for their traditional wedding. Check out 10 beautiful style ideas for Iro Gown attire or wrapper-gowns.
The Best Minimalistic All-in-One Gown-Wrappers and Skirt-Wrapper Attires
When this style trend was new, you could easily tell that it’s a gown or a skirt under a hand-tied wrapper, and not a hand-tied wrapper. Today, things are different.
Nigerian fashion designers and tailors have since perfected making this style of one-piece wrapper attires that they look very believable, with side bows around the waistline that looks like that of a hand-tied wrapper.
SKIRT-WRAPPERS as alternatives to Double Wrapper Attires: Some of these no-tie-wrapper outfits are made as 2-piece sets with a skirt and (usually) a lace blouse. A single wrapper is then tied on, making the whole outfit look like two wrappers were tied from scratch.
The benefit of these wrapper-gown or gown-wrapper outfits is that you get less stress from tying wrappers and also you now have two different ways to wear the outfit – (1) as a skirt and blouse outfit, and (2) a double-wrapper attire.
Most young women don’t know how to tie double wrappers, and that’s why this new style keeps trending. I explained more about the minimalistic skirt-wrapper styles in how to tie Nigerian wrappers for traditional occasion wear.
I hope you like the iro skirt and iro gown styles featured in this post. Thanks for reading. Let me know which of the above is your favourite style. Also, let me know how you feel about the one-piece iro gown/ skirt styles versus the traditional two-piece wrapper and top styles. Comment down below.