Sheath dresses are so versatile to style

The versatility of sheath dresses is incredible. They look great just on their own. A sheath dress is an instant outfit when putting on a pair of pumps. It looks office appropriate with a pair of pumps and a blazer or cardigan. In fall, a sheath looks great with a blouse/shirt underneath or worn over the sheath as shown below. 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.

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Outfit details: Unbranded leather sheath dress, Great Northwest denim shirt, Burberry plaid blazer, pearls, Kieselstein Cord belt and buckle, Kate Moss for Longchamp bag, and Anne Klein T-strap pumps (all own)

A sheath is a great investment for gals living in cold climate regions. Thus, I have a couple of them. Here I am wearing my bluish gray leather sheath with a denim shirt on top and the Kieselstein Cord belt that my husband gave me on Valentine’s Day this year. For the commute to work I put on my Burberry plaid blazer as a “coat”.

Sheath dress styling for fall

In fall, I often use blazers as a jacket when the temperatures allow for it. Doing so helps me to not get bored of my wardrobe when I have to wear winter clothes for more than seven month. Given the length of the winter, I try to wear various pieces in quite different ways, and to incorporate pieces from summer. Sheaths are the champions in being able to create multiple looks with the same item.

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.

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Eli Tahari sheath dress worn as skirt under Lands End argyle sweater, Anne Klein patent leather pumps (all own)

Do you wear sheath dresses? How do you wear you sheath dress? Let me know I am curious. If you have any questions on styling them let me know as well. Just drop an email.

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Photos: G. Kramm (2013)

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