How to rock a sheath dress

If sheath dresses are your go-to sartorial saviours, make sure you are wearing them right. We believe there’s a sheath dress out there for ­every body type. Here’s how to choose and style the right one for your shape.

fashion and trends Updated: Feb 27, 2014 17:57 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
Snigdha Ahuja
Hindustan Times

If sheath dresses are your go-to sartorial saviours, make sure you are wearing them right.

These body-hugging garments help highlight curves, but can also pose a problem for those who don’t have a slim and curvy body. Still, there are ways to make your classic sheath fit like a dream, without ­peeking lovehandles or ­poking bulges. We tell you some ways to master the dress to suit your style and your body type.

For the muscular and athletic

Be it the Duchess of Cambridge or music royalty, sheath dresses can make you look a class apart, whatever be your built. While Rita Ora, who has a toned body, shows you how to jazz up evenings, Kate Middleton flaunts a day-perfect look for her athletic body. You, too, can be all covered up and still look as lovely as these ladies.

Print solution for all body types

While Bollywood actors Deepika Padukone and Madhuri Dixit Nene have two different body types, they’re both donning prints. The abstract prints help in sculpting the body. Choose your print wisely as it can ­overwhelm you. The ­stripe-solution works here too, so verticals will always give you an edge over horizontals. A thin belt with pinstripes or a fat vertical-striped sheath dress topped with a cropped jacket can perfect your look.

Belt it up for sexy curves

For those who have curves to flaunt, sheath dresses can make for tricky picks. To keep the focus on assets, take a cue from Kareena Kapoor Khan and Kim Kardashian. In the same Tom Ford sheath dresses, the ladies complement their body type by focusing on their midriff. The gold belt cinches their garments, which not only accentuates the waist, but with the right innerwear, tucks in the tummy too.

Cut-outs for the lean and leggy lasses

For those with lean bodies, cut-outs are the best way to show off. If you are lithe-limbed, make a run-of-the-mill sheath dress look anything but ordinary by breaking the routine dress with cut-outs. You can either do a keyhole-style tease like actor Lupita Nyong’o or go with a sheer twist like Heidi Klum.

What to wear under our sheath dress

Don’t let camera flashes catch you off-guard. Choose nude-hued or beige ­innerwear to avoid a colour clash.

Nothing can look more tragic than a pantyline silhouette on your dress or bra pads that push from under the snug-fit sheath. Thus, make sure you avoid latex tummy-tuckers and go for ones that cover the entire torso.

You can go for corset innerwears if they don’t show on top of your dress.

Avoid going without a bra or using pasties, because, for a closed-neckline sheath dress, you need support.

First Published: Feb 27, 2014 13:12 IST