Sheath Dresses

A sheath dress makes a classic style statement, with its clean lines and tailored design. Sheath dresses are versatile and can be worn on any occasion, whether it is a wedding or a first date. The sheath dress can be traced back to the 1950s when two silhouettes dominated fashion for women. The “New Look,” popularized by Christian Dior, emphasized a small waist with a full skirt. The other was the sheath, also emphasizing the waist but with the skirt following the contours of the female body. Both silhouettes highlighted a woman’s shape, according to Fasion-Era. It was a contrast to clothing in the 1940s when fabric had to be rationed and the war gave fashion a somber mood. The sheath dress, unlike the “New Look” had a longer lifespan. It remained popular in the 1960s and has withstood many trends since then.

Lela Rose Lace Appliqué Sheath Dress

Just Cavalli Rose Print Sheath Dress

Christopher Kane Pink Frankenstein Print Sheath Dress

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The sheath may have darts at the breast and curve slightly inward at the waist in order to suggest the form and curve of a woman’s body. Most describe the sheath dress as worn without a belt, but there are now some modern sheath dresses that are belted, and in fact may feature a slightly higher, almost empire waist before providing a bit more generous coverage of the hips, stomach and legs.  Some fashion experts suggest that the sheath should only be worn by women with perfect figures, but actually the reverse is true. A figure-fitting dress tends to be a great choice for women with a little more curve, since it accentuates the female lines, promoting a very feminine look. Whether you are a size 2 or a size 22, sheath dresses may just be the most flattering look, provided they fit properly.

Milly Sheath Dress – Tuck Neck Splatter Print

Vera Wang Sheath Dress – Printed

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And because it can be worn year-round, the sheath dress is a practical item to have in your wardrobe. Underneath a coat and worn with tights it becomes a winter outfit. On its own and worn with a pair of sandals and it’s fit for the summer season. After all, these dresses are perfect choice, comfortable and definitely can flaunts your shape in a classy manner.