In the context of clothing, a wrap can refer to a shawl or stole or other fabric wrapped about the upper body, or a simple skirt-type garment made by wrapping a piece of material round the lower body. Many people of both genders throughout the world wear wraps in everyday life, although in the West they are largely worn by women. They are sometimes sewn at the edges to form a tube which keeps the required size. A wrap may be secured by a corner being tucked beneath the wrapped material, by making a knot, or using ties, buttons or velcro.
Types of wrap garments include:
- Mundu a garment worn in Kerala, the Tulunadu region, and Maldives.
- Palla (garment)
- Pallium (Roman cloak)
- Pareo — any piece of cloth wrapped around the body, worn by males or females, especially in the Cook Islands and Tahiti.
- Belted plaid
- Sarong and baju kebaya — length of fabric wrapped around the waist and worn by men and women throughout much of South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Horn of Africa, and on many Pacific islands.
- Ta'ovala — a Tongan dress, a mat wrapped around the waist, worn by men and women, at all formal occasions.
- Beach wraps - in the west, sarongs and towels are sometimes worn as wraps at the beach.
- Wrap skirts - skirts made in the design or style of a wrap.
- Wraps are sometimes worn for doing Yoga.
- Weather wraps, wraps designed to be water- and wind-proof.