Simply Chic Sheaths

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The sheath dress is the happy medium between a bandage dress and a trapeze or balloon-style dress. It’s available in every length, size and sleeve type imaginable. This classic silhouette skims the body and highlights your curves.


Taraji P. Henson in Black Halo, Jennifer Lopez in Roland Mouret, Zoe Saldana in Giambattista Valli, Leighton Meester in dVb (Victoria Beckham’s line)

Although it’s said that this silhouette looks best on an hourglass figure, remember that all sheaths are not equal. Wear what works and looks good on you! You may even want to add a belt to create the illusion of a defined waist and curves. If you’re looking to add some dimension to the sheath, a peplum trim (as seen above on Leighton Meester), will do the trick!

As you’ve probably noticed, first lady Michelle Obama loves sheath dresses!

Here are a few simply chic sheaths for work and play:

(from l-r)

Ruffle Sleeve Dress, $39 (Forever 21); Sunlit Angels Sheath, 119.95 (Anthropologie); Trina Turk “Rory” Dress, $248 (Nordstrom); Lightweight Wool Sheath Dress, $142 (Banana Republic); Nicole Miller Pleated Sheath Dress, $310 (Saks); Maggy London Strapless Sweetheart Dress, $98.90 (Nordstrom)

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