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The sheath dress is your best friend. No, really, it is. The dress will never lie to you, gossip behind your back and it will never make you look fat. Every woman should own a sheath dress in black. The sheath can be a boxier cut for older women or those with a thicker midsection. It can be taken in a bit at the waist for the slimmer, younger set, too. Hemlines change with the season -- no problem for the sheath. Have your tailor make a temporary hem to bring it up in warmer weather and let it down for chillier days.
Over Top Your Sheath
The sheath dress is a layering piece that should go down in the history books of fashion staples. Just about any and every cardigan you own is game for being worn on top of your sheath, either for functionality or purely for fashion. A thicker cardigan is perfect to transition the dress from spring/summer to fall/winter. A thinner cardigan in a bright or light neutral color will make it perfect for business-casual events and the office in warm weather. Shrugs and sweaters shouldn't be forgotten when you're wondering what to wear on a cold day. A thick, chunky knit sweater will dress your sheath down. A sequin shrug will dress it up.
Underneath Your Sheath
A lot of ladies forget that sheath dresses can be chic with a top underneath, as well as over, it. To add a bit of warmth, choose a dark, slim fitting long sleeve T-shirt to go under the dress. For a classic look, slip your sheath over a button down shirt. White is the obvious choice, but feel free to experiment with color based on your skin tone's palette. A lightweight turtleneck works, too.
Accessories are the most fun part about your sheath's versatility. Wearing it all on its own is perfect for the office, cocktail events, even funerals, depending on how you accessorize it. For a night out choose bold jewelry, but pick one stand-out piece. A chunky necklace or big earrings will do fine, just not both at once. A simple strand of pearls will give you an air of the utmost class for the most conservative occasions. Don't forget to experiment with your belts. A belt can add glitz or edgy style wrapped around your waist. It can also keep a cardigan in place that you'd rather not button. Broaches can also be used as cardigan clasps or worn directly on the sheath itself.
Ever heard that shoes will make or break your outfit? It's true. If you don't have the right shoe for the right occasion, you risk looking like a fashion victim. The good news is that the simplicity of the sheath means it goes with just about every shoe, so you only need to worry about where you're wearing them to. Conservative occasions call for small-heeled, simple shoes in a dark color. Dressier occasions call for a higher heel; platforms are hot right now. Only the most stylishly confident should go with a bright colored, patented shoe. The shoe you should never wear with your sheath, even when you're commuting: sneakers or trainers.