Look sophisticated in a sheath party dress
Not all parties require over the top party dresses, and not all party dresses need to be replicas of shiny disco balls. Some events require party dresses, which are chic and sophisticated with that little edge which makes them stand out as party dresses. Sheath dresses fall into the category of chic, sophisticated party dresses with a “twist”, and make great additions for women who like looking elegant without being over the top. This makes the sheath dress the party dress of choice for First Lady Michelle Obama, among other public figures that need to strike that perfect balance between looking elegant as well as poised.
A sheath dress is essentially a dress, which skims over the body and has pleats or slits in the back in order to enable comfortable movement. Sheath style party dresses are commonly worn with belts and have interesting necklines. With its slimming silhouette and fitting nature around the hips, the sheath style party dress is great for taller women. One of the biggest fans of the sheath dress, Michelle Obama, stands tall at 5 foot 10 inches, and looks statuesque and elegant in her wide range of sheath dresses which are always impeccably accessorized with strings of pearls or statement necklaces.
Sheath dresses also work well for those who are not so blessed in the height and weight department; ruching helps conceal tummy bulges while also adding the illusion of height. Waist enhancing seams also help channel the hourglass look. It is recommended to avoid high necklines which will only serve to shorten the body, instead, opt for a v neck or scoop neck which will lengthen the neck area and highlight the bust.
Proportion can further be achieved through attention to fabrics such as silk, rayon, and cotton blends which will help the dress “flow” and move rather than stick to the body.
For those with less defined curves, sheath style party dresses with built-in curves can help add shape to one’s body. From seam work through the torso area to a fitted bodice, sheath style party dresses can work wonders on a “straight” figure. It is recommended for those with straight figures to avoid wearing thin waistbands or gathered fabric in the waist area as that will only serve to make the body look straight instead of curvaceous.
From designers such as Kate Spade, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan, almost every major design house has produced various editions of sheath style party dresses, each with their own set of embellishments and interesting necklines. While the average sheath dress comes in a single color, the party editions are often multi-hued with appliqué or sequin work. Interesting neck and back detailing with lace overlays and sleeves are also common additions to the sheath style party dress. In order to channel your own look, consider identifying your body shape and work towards understanding which style suits you best. Some things to look out for involve ensuring that there is no horizontal pulling in the chest area, a sure sign that the dress is too tight, or ensuring that there is enough loose fabric in the hip area which will allow you to move comfortably without the dress “sticking” to your body.