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.
I’m the kind of person who wears sheath dresses year round — with tights and sweaters in colder seasons, and usually with bare legs and pumps in warmer seasons.
To me, the perfect sheath dress: a) is sleeveless (so I can throw a blazer or cardigan on top without feeling like the sleeves are bunch), b) requires zero consideration of which bra I’m wearing with it because it has wide enough straps and a high (if not entirely covered) back, c) is a bit fitted, but not skin-tight like a “body con” dress (body conscious) or boxyish like a shift, and d) has a high enough neckline that I can wear it by itself. No beading/sparkles/bows/artistic folds, please, and the plainer the color, the more versatile the dress.
Of course, I should note: although you see “professional” women everywhere on television with bare legs and bare arms, you really must know your office — if you’re still learning the culture, prepare to wear pantyhose, as well as a blazer or cardigan if you’re walking around the office/attending meetings.
Readers, what does your perfect sheath dress look like? Have you gotten any amazing sheath dresses recently?
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Update: here are some of our latest favorite simple sheath dresses, as well as plus size dresses, and colorful sheath dresses!
Hunting for colorful sheath dresses for work? Great bets to check as of 2021 include some of the brands featured above: 1) green* 2) blue 3) purple 4) green* 5) burgundy* 6) cobalt 7) green* (*s come in regular & plus sizes)… also this dress and this dress (not pictured)!
(Do note: everything pictured below comes in simple colors like black, navy, or gray, but I may be showing a more colorful dress because it’s easier to see the details quickly.)
|It’s always been a bit too high-necked for me, but Theory’s “Betty” sheath dress is a classic. It’s available in indigo, charcoal, and black, in sizes 0-12, for $295 at Bloomingdale’s. Theory Dress – Betty Sheath|
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