Style 101: Sheath Dress

A-line, skater, bodycon and maxi — these are only a few of the many dress silhouettes available from retailers both big and small. And while these styles are quite common in our vernacular, there are others that don’t get as much attention, like the classic sheath dress.

Although the term ‘sheath’ can refer to a close-fitting cover for the blade of a sword, a sheath dress is nothing more than a close-fitting dress — it’s basically a snug, stylish cover for your body!

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The body-hugging, yet modest construction of sheath dresses give them a more formal connotation, making them perfect dresses for work or for a fancy dinner date. So if you’re in the market for a classy, figure-enhancing frock, we’ve found three great sheath dresses to fit any occasion.

If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect dress to wear to your friend’s wedding, look no further than the Adrianna Papell Boatneck Lace Sheath Dress from Nordstrom. Available in 14 colors in both regular and petite sizes, this feminine dress features delicate lace and a v-back with an exposed zipper. This gorgeous dress is ready for all of your special events, and it’s well worth its $145 price tag.

The Adrianna Papell Boatneck Lace Sheath Dress in Chianti/Red, found on Nordstrom.com.

The Adrianna Papell Boatneck Lace Sheath Dress in Chianti/Red, found on Nordstrom.com.

For a simple wear-to-work style, try the Halogen Seamed V-Neck Ponte Sheath Dress. Available in four solid colors, the real star of this dress is not its colors but its construction. Featuring angled seaming at the waist, this dress will go to work creating shape on your body the instant you slip it on. Done in a ponte knit that moves with your body, you’re sure to be comfortable all day long at work while wearing this dress. Available at Nordstrom in both regular and petite sizes, this $99 dress is a wardrobe staple that can be injected with personality by adding a colorful statement necklace and your favorite heels.

The Halogen Seamed V-Neck Ponte Sheath Dress in grey, found on Nordstrom.com.

The Halogen Seamed V-Neck Ponte Sheath Dress in grey, found on Nordstrom.com.

The Manhattan Colorblock Jersey Sheath Dress by French Connection will bring a little bit of trendiness to the classic silhouette. Featuring strategically placed colorblocked panels in violet and coral, this dress will instantly slim you while enhancing your curves. Its stretchy jersey construction will feel like you’re wearing the most stylish, comfortable t-shirt in the world! The only thing that’s better than that is the great deal you’ll be getting when you purchase this versatile dress — originally $148 at Nordstrom, this dress is currently on sale for only $88.80.

The French Connection Manhattan Colorblock Jersey Sheath Dress in black and Keywest coral, found on Nordstrom.com.

The French Connection Manhattan Colorblock Jersey Sheath Dress in black and Keywest coral, found on Nordstrom.com.

If you’ve been on the hunt a for few new dresses in a classic silhouette, the sheath dress may be just what you’ve been searching for. Don’t forget — this timeless style can easily be made into a trendy look when paired with accessories like statement jewelry, fringe heels or oversized clutches!

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