One of the funniest things I’ve read in a while was Gayle admitting in Oprah magazine that she is a sheath-a-holic. I’d never heard that term before, but I instantly realized that was me too.
I can honestly say that about 95% of the dresses I own are this classic Jackie O style.
Like good friends my sheath dresses are steady, solid and reliable, but slight changes in necklines, colors, fabrics and details give each its own unique personality and special value. A sheath dress is my personal go-to outfit. It works for me, so I’m sticking to it. Maybe you should give one a try too?
Here are four reasons I think you should say yes to a sheath dress.
1. Sheath Dresses are Timeless
Sheath dresses were an instant hit when they arrived on the fashion scene in the 50’s and fast became a classic wardrobe staple. They’re a symbol of chic and look just as modern, feminine and powerful today on women like Michelle Obama, as they did decades ago on famous stars like Audrey Hepburn. When you aren’t sure of the dress code, a sheath dress always looks appropriate.
2. Sheath Dresses Make Your Body Look Good
Sheath dresses have stayed in style for so long because they flatter feminine figures. They fit across the shoulder and bust and nip in at the waist following your curves and skimming your shape. Usually, there is a pleat or slit at the back. Even if you do not stick thin, a sheath dress is a very pleasing style on most body types. It highlights gives you curves where there are none. An added bonus- this style with its straight, lean line will make your legs look extra long and make you look thinner too.
3. Sheath Dresses are the Perfect Blank Canvas to let you Experiment
One of my favorite things about the sheath dress is that is so much fun to accessorize. Because it is basically a blank canvas, you can have fun injecting some personality in the way of shoes, bags, jewelry, wraps. And jackets. Big statement necklaces look really great with a sheath dress, so do bracelets and cuffs, scarves and belts. A classic pointy toe pump always looks perfect with a sheath, but with such a blank screen any sexy shoe looks fab. Try high strappy sandals, mules, wedges, platforms, slingbacks, ankle strap shoes, booties or tall boots. A pair of sexy metallic pumps will make a sheath dress come alive.
4. Sheath Dresses are Practical and Appropriate
Dress it up or dress it down, you can wear this style of dress anywhere. It’s a great power piece because its bold and commanding. Did I mention that sheath dresses are always very classy and ladylike too?
Color blocking continues to be hot, and a sheath dress with contrast panels at the waist gives the illusion of a definite nip in! Floral sheath dresses never go out of style and this spring they take a modern new twist. See them here. Do you wear sheath dresses? Send me a photo and I’ll post it!