sixth in the “Fabulous Fall 2012 Trends” series
If there was one constant on the runways for the Fall/Winter 2012 Collection, it was the Sheath Dress. Designers fashioned them in fabrics ranging from brocades to leather to velvet. Although it has been around for literally decades, starting with Coco Chanel’s little black dress in the 1920′s, the classic Sheath Dress never seems to fade in its appeal. Unlike the looser fit of a shift dress, the sheath is designed to show off curves without being too tight and has a well-defined waist that can be further accentuated by adding a belt. The style is perfect for layering with a crop sweater, a jacket or a cardigan. Although plus-size women often shy away from the sheath dress, in actuality, the sheath dress when properly fitted makes all sizes look slimmer. No wonder it has been such a fashion staple for all these years. Sheaths are perfect for day and evening wear, however, when wearing the sheath for day, it should end at or just below the knee. For evening, just like Audrey Hepburn’s famous black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the floor is the limit.
THE ICONIC SHEATH DRESSES
Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
Jackie Kennedy in one of her many sheath dresses.
THE SHEATH DRESS ON THE RUNWAY
Diane von Furstenberg
Dolce & Gabbana
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Reiss “Bridge” (as of 08.19.12 the dress is on sale)
Reiss “Sophia” Wrap Dress (as of 08.19.12 on sale)