One of the most versatile pieces you can add to your wardrobe are jumper dresses. In this post, you learn how to wear your sheath multiple different ways yearround.
- Sheath Dresses Are Versatile to Style
- Sheath Dress Styling for Fall
- Same Style Recipe, Different Color, New Look
- A Leather Sheath Can Be Styled for the Office
- Wear Your Jumper with a Blazer
- How to Style a Plaid Sheath Dress
- Don’t Underestimate the Power of Accessories
- In a Nutshell
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Sheath Dresses Are Versatile to Style
Sheath dresses are very versatile. Well, it’s because they have no sleeves or just short sleeves like cap sleeves or 3/4 sleeves. They look great just on their own. A sheath dress is an instant outfit when putting on a pair of pumps. 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.
Nevertheless, sometimes it may be stressful to come up with ideas to not look the same, same.
But you love this dress, right?
There are many more ways of wearing it than the classic sheath under sweater combination that became famous with the Mad Men TV series.
Here some ideas how not to get into a style rut and how not to look boring or get bored over time. In fall, a jumper looks great with a blouse/shirt underneath or worn over the sheath. In winter, you may wear a turtleneck cashmere sweater underneath, and even add a blazer for those 40 below zero days. A motor cycle jacket pulls a sheath into the cool territory for a girls’ night out on the town. A denim jacket shifts the sheath to casual territory for a Sunday brunch. It looks office appropriate with a pair of pumps and a blazer or cardigan. A sheath dress is really worth its money. Read on to get inspired and learn about even more options.
Sheaths are the champions in being able to create multiple looks with the same item.
Sheath Dress Styling for Fall
In fall, use blazers as a jacket when the temperatures allow for it. Doing so helps you to not get bored of your wardrobe when you have to wear winter clothes for up to seven month (e.g. northern Europe and Canada, Russia, Alaska). In regions with long winters, try to wear various pieces in quite different ways, and to incorporate pieces from summer.
An Easy Way to Create a Separates Look with a Sheath
The following outfit idea features a sheath dress worn as skirt. In this inspiration, the colors make the look work. The argyle pattern has purple, grey, and burgundy colors, which seem to scream for my patent leather burgundy ankle strap pumps and my lilac Coach bag. The lilac stays in the color families of the sweater’s pattern as it seems to be a mix of grey and purple. To finish the outfit I added a long pendent necklace.
Look at a dress as a skirt or even top to get more outfits out of your wardrobe. #budgetfashion Click To Tweet
The example below works with the same principle, but turns a leather jumper into a skirt under an Irish cable-knit Sweater.
Same Style Recipe, Different Color Scheme, New Look
The following 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!Make a styling recipe your signature style. #personalstyle Click To Tweet
The work outfit shown below has 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 would work with the black and white extreme with the white in the tweed and the black booties.
Stylist’s secret: Change the vibe of the look with your color choice
The next outfit works with neighboring colors on the color wheel, blue and green and the shades thereof. You can add brown as a neutral for balance. This outfit has a calming vibe, while the first outfit has a more powerful attitude. In case you missed it, you can find the review of this tweed sheath at the link.
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Don’t forget to add at least one trendy item to look great in tweed over 40, no matter whether the tweed clothing is a sheath, (styled as) skirt or blazer.
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.
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.
How to Style 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?
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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Accessories
There is this sayingA pair of shoes can make or break the look. #fashionquote #agelesstyle Click To Tweet
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.
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.
In a nutshell
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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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