2019 Update: We still stand by this roundup of sheath dresses — but you may want to check out our most recent discussion of the best dresses for work!
Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
There are a ton of cute sheath dresses out right now, so I thought we’d hunt for a few since we haven’t done a roundup since last year! Readers, what does your perfect sheath dress look like? Sleeves? Neckline? Have you gotten any amazing sheath dresses recently?
|Cute! The Halogen line (exclusively at Nordstrom, if I remember correctly) continues to turn out really affordable workwear — and this sheath dress looks great. Love the pleats at the waist, the scoop neck, and the high back. It’s available in regular and petite sizes 0-16 for $69 (was $118). Halogen Sheath Dress|
|I always think there are great basics to be found in Macy’s Everyday Value line, which works with a few exclusive brands like Calvin Klein, AK Anne Klein, and more. I’m loving this cap sleeve cutout neckline sheath, available in 3 colors (including black, pictured at top), with 14 positive reviews — and it’s $89.98. It is fully lined, too. (Another nice piece from the line: this gray/blue/teal/black colorblock sheath dress, also from Calvin Klein, also $89.98. And another great red sheath dress, if that’s a basic for you: Adrianna Papell, Side Pleat Sheath Dress, $118.) Pictured: Calvin Klein Cap Sleeve Cutout Neckline Sheath|
|Ah, the great sleeves or no-sleeves debate. Personally I prefer sheath dresses without sleeves because they layer better beneath blazers and cardigans (and layer better on top of blouses). But I know there are many women who prefer a sleeved sheath dress, so I thought I’d post this nice navy basic — it’s $129, available in sizes 00-18 in regular and petite, and is available exclusively online. Two other nice pieces from AT’s current roundup: the flounce dress I posted last Thursday (still on sale for $59), and this Tropical Wool Scoop Neck Sheath Dress for $169. Pictured: Ann Taylor All-Season Stretch Belted Sheath Dress|
|I’m loving the look of this “Lolo” stretch sheath dress from French Connection — the neckline seems professional and classic but interesting at the same time. At various places around the web the dress is also offered in white/ecru, but Nordstrom just has it in black, sizes 0-12. It’s $188. French Connection Lola Stretch Dress|
|Just for variety (and again, sleeves!) I’ll throw in the red version of this dress instead of the black version — it’s a bit high-necked for my busty self, but that there are worse things by far. Love the tonal inset (in the black version it’s black on black), the ponte stretch, and the lining. It’s $228, sizes 0-16. Classiques Entier Tonal Inset Italian Ponte Dress|
|Brooks Brothers never fails with sheath dresses — I love this high tucked neckline and the wool/silk/Lycra blend. (Incidentally, they’re having some killer sales on shoes, bags, and jewelry right now.) The dress is $398. (Another good BB option: this textured/dotted shift dress for $298.) Pictured: Brooks Brothers Sleeveless Gathered Shoulder Dress|
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