1. How to wear your sheath multiple way
  2. Same style recipe, different look
  3. How to repeat the styling recipe
  4. Stylist’s secret: Change the vibe of the look with your color choice
  5. Wear your jumper with a blazer
  6. Styling suggestions for a plaid sheath dress
  7. Don’t underestimate the power of accessories
  8. In a nutshell

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How to wear your fav sheath multiple way

Sheath dresses are very versatile. Well, it’s because they have no sleeves. Thus, it’s a no-brainer to wear them with something underneath, at least in the cold season. You can wear it in various combination like with a green sweater as an outfit for St. Patrick’s Day, under a burned red cardigan, with a pink mock turtleneck sweater and paired with a leather or denim jacket. It is so versatile. A sheath dress is really worth its money. Nevertheless, sometimes it may be stressful to come up with ideas to not look the same, same. But you love this dress, right? Here some ideas how not to get into a style rut and how not to look boring or get bored over time.

Same style recipe, different look

Today I present the last photos of this winter. They are another way of wearing a sheath than the classic sheath with sweater combination that became famous with the Mad Men TV series. These featured two work outfits both base on the same styling recipe: Dress with knit jacket, tights and booties. These two posh office outfits, however, look quite different from each other due to the change in the color scheme. Who says that instant style would lead to boring outfits over time? On the contrary, it can make up your signature style!

1 dress 2 looks styling ideas

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over 50 years old fashion blogger in Shein navy and white pencil dress with burgundy accents

style book author in sheath with cardigan and booties
Outfit details of winter work outfit: Chanel-inspired tweed sheath dress c/o Shein styled with own GNW burgundy cardigan, burgundy and blue neckerchief worn as bracelet, GNW burgundy tight, garnet necklace and earrings (all own), wood watch c/o Jord, and Mousse & Cloud booties c/o Coolway

How to repeat the styling recipe

In the work outfit above, I added a burgundy jacket and burgundy tights. The accessories, a square silk scarf worn as arm candy and wood watch stay with the burgundy theme. The color combination works two basic colors red and blue darkened with black to burgundy and navy. It also works the black and white extreme with the white in the tweed and the black booties. Don’t forget to add at least one trendy item to look great in tweed over 40, no matter whether the clothing is a sheath, skirt, blazer or a pair of trousers.

mature style winter work outfit with cardigan and tweed dress

mature fashion blogger in work outfit with Shein sheath and cardigan
GNW teal knit jacket, teal GNW tight, Antonio Melani booties, Sak bag, Festina watch (all own), jade best girlfriend bracelet c/o Chico’s and sheath dress c/o Shein

Stylist’s secret: Change the vibe of the look with your color choice

In the outfit above, I worked with neighboring colors on the color wheel, blue and green and the shades thereof. I added brown as a neutral for balance. This outfit has a calming vibe, while the first outfit in this post has a more powerful attitude. In case you missed it, you can find the review of this tweed sheath at the link.

A leather sheath can be styled for the office

Leather sheaths are often considered as party dresses. However, when they are not super short, you can get more wear out of them. Just style them like a normal solid color jumper for the office.

Stylist tip: It’s easier when the leather isn’t shiny or black.

stylist in work outfit with leather sheath
Hawaiian print shirt with Elie Tahari leather sheat dress, Burberry plaid blazer, plateau loafers and 3.1 Philip Lim fuchsia bag (all own)

Wear your jumper with a blazer

Paired with a blazer a solid color sheath looks always office appropriate. It’s a perfect look for a business casual work environment when meeting customers or for a meeting.

posh chic look with sheath dress and blazer

midlife woman in work outfit

mature woman in gold leather trench coat
Golden leather Burberry trench coat with Burberry plaid blazer, Jaeger tote, Anne Klein pumps, Ray Ban sunglasses (all own) and winter white V-neck dress c/o Lookbook Store

Styling suggestions for a plaid sheath dress

It’s a no-brainer to pick up the colors of the plaid pattern (next photo). Why not going for an unexpected look with a pop of color like in the second next photo? Not so brave?

fashion blogger in plaid sheath with matching sweater
Ruby Belle plaid sheath with Brooks Brothers winter white mock turtleneck cashmere sweater, pearls with brooch pendant, Hermes enamel bangles, Seiko watch, GNW tight,  and Harley Davidson booties (all own)
fashion blogger over 50 using spring color inspiration for a work outfit with green sweater
Ruby Belle plaid sheath dress, Paloma Picasso sunglasses, Hermes collier de chien bangle, Hermes Medor watch with green wrist band, GNW tight, HH-booties, and chartreuse Landsend cashmere sweater (all own)
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Don’t underestimate the power of accessories

There is this saying
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While there is a lot of truth to this fashion quote, the footwear is also an opportunity. Just think about what a difference a pair of pumps with pantyhose make vs. opaque black tights and boots.

Don’t forget what you have in your jewelry box. Brooches are great ways to add an acsent to a look. Learn how to change a good look to an awesome one with brooches.

jewelry for mature women
Zoom-in on the Hermes bangles and Seiko watch (own)

Belts are another great option to alter the vibe of a sheath. Learn how to best accessorize with belts to create more looks with the pieces you own.

Last, but not least, try to wear a sheath as a skirt.

In a nutshell

Using style recipes like presented here is an easy way to achieve ageless style. They also help you to get more outfits from the pieces you already own. Moreover, style recipes take the stress out of getting dressed. My style recipe book How to Dress for Success in Midlife has timeless, easy-to-follow outfit suggestions for all kind of dressing situations in midlife. Buy the book now.

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How do you style your sheath? Do you use “styling recipes”? Do you think about your color combinations and what vibe they convey? What are your work outfit challenges? Do you have a favorite sheath that you wear again and again? Do you wear it always the same way or differently? What is your favorite dress? Let me know, so I can help you.

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