4 Reasons To Say Yes To A Sheath Dress

blue sheath dress

My go- to style of dress.

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 4 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 are 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 strappy high 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!



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  1. When completing my ” must have” list for my shopping trip next week a sheath dress was number one on the list. Thanks for the article that helps reinforce why this is a must have not a want.

  2. You said it all – sheath dresses are very feminine and so versatile and that’s why I love them!
    For the office I often wear them with a light cardigan or a blazer, for a function or going out with lots of statement jewellery. And for a more casual look I sometimes pair them with a denim jacket.

    Annette | Lady of Style

    • I love sheath dresses but I can’t wear them. I am 45 years old, a size 10-12 and do not have the body nor the legs to pull one off. It’s yet one more item of clothing that unless you are a size 6 or under with gorgeous legs, is not wearable for the “average” woman. Yes I know I have to lose weight, and I’ve been working on that, but until it happens, no sheath dresses for me. And even then, a 45 year old woman does not need to wear dresses that are 4-6 inches above the knee. At the knee, sure but not that far above the knee. Just my opinion of course.