How to Style a Sheath Dress


Aside from the little black dress, another classic piece that should be an integral part of your wardrobe is the sheath dress. As highlighted by Who What Wear, it’s form-fitting and follows the curves of the hips, waist, and bust. While the cut of this classic sheath may be narrow, you don’t have to be to look fabulous in one. Sheath dresses also make it to the top of a dress guide for petites by Pretty Me’s Chrizelle Diaz, owing to their fitted, straight, and tight silhouette, which removes unwanted bulk and highlights the shape of your body. An incredibly versatile article of clothing, the sheath dress may just be one of the most hardworking items in your closet—if you only know how to style it well. The piece is available in almost an endless array of varying colors, patterns, and fabrics that range from loud and flashy to block colors to wood blends, making it ideal for just about any occasion. And just like the LBD, the sheath dress can be a blank canvas with which you can experiment with accessories to create the perfect outfit.

Should you want to invest in a sheath dress, here are some ways you can style it depending on the occasion to make it work for you:

For a Cocktail Party

A sleek little black dress in a sheath cut is a great go-to party staple. Since it’s in a neutral color, you can wear it over and over, and all you have to do is change your shoes, accessories, and layers to create a unique spin to each look. You may want to go the Breakfast at Tiffany’s glam look by wearing a long strand of pearls, along with some black pumps. For a trendy twist, sporting some colorful tassel earrings and block heel sandals should do the trick.

For Work

To make the sheath dress work for the office, pair it with a structured blazer and pumps, especially if you’re unsure of where you’re heading after work. That way, you have accessories that are stylish enough to work both at work and happy hour. But if it’s just, say, a casual day of errands, wearing comfortable flats, donning a denim jacket, and topping it all off with a hat should work.

For a Girls Night Out

The best thing about sheath dresses is they can be styled however you like, especially the plain ones. All Women’s Talk notes that when it comes to styling a plain sheath dress, it all comes down to the accessories. As mentioned previously, you can keep things corporate with a pair of classic pumps and a handbag, but if you’re going on a night out on the town, you may want to look into teaming your sheath dress with statement jewels, a compact clutch, and strappy stiletto heels.

For more tips on how to style your favorite clothes for your body shape, learn everything you need to know from Fancy Nanc-ista’s Fashion Archives.

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