What is a Surplice?

A surplice is a loose fitting, sleeveless dress that has gathered or pleated bodices. The term “surplice” derives from the Latin word for “overlapping.” This style of dress was popularized during the medieval period as a garment worn by priests and nuns. It became more widely used in modern times when designers like Christian Dior incorporated it into their designs. Today, this style can be found on dresses, skirts, tops, blouses and even shirts!

Women’s fashion choices are limitless and come in all shapes, sizes, colors, fabrics. Different styles offer different features such as T-shirts or sweaters with variations of necklines that can include cross-over necks or surplice style tops extending into the bodice for a faux wrap look to accentuate your curves even more! A surplice is a V-shaped garment that crosses over at the neckline and continues to extend into the bodice. Additionally, some necklines of which the V begins at end before reaching the waist while others continue their extension with more fabric that ends in an empire waistband.

The surplice style differs from the wrap in that it closes with a diagonal seam. Wraps often have strings to hold them shut, which can cause gaping at times. A surplice faux wrap differs from authentic wraps by having sewn seams securing it together so there’s no chance of gaping open when worn with lower necklines such as plunging v necks 

The colors, textures and shapes of the Surplice-look are a favorite among most people for both casual wear as well as dressy clothes. Materials vary from cotton to cashmere or silk – even sweatshirt jersey! Some wedding dresses may either have front cross over styling or back crossover styles that can be flattering on all body types. The versatility is endless because there’s long sleeves, short sleeves or sleeveless options too!

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