2019 Update: We still stand by this roundup of stylish 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.
- a work-appropriate hem length (with no slits to compromise that — test with the mirror trick!)
- a high enough neckline and shoulder situation that you don’t need to give any extra thought to which bra to wear
- a dark, neutral color like black, navy, or dark charcoal
And — for me at least — I think a sleeveless sheath dress is best because it looks best beneath blazers and cardigans.
Ladies, what do YOU look for in a great sheath dress? Have you bought any great ones recently, or worn any classics into the ground?
|The Limited has several of their Collection sheath dresses on sale today. I like the high neckline, work-appropriate length, and the interesting (but not too low) back V-neck. I also like that both of these Collection dresses are machine washable. The pictured dress is available in sizes 00-18, as well as petite and tall sizes, for $58.80 today (down from $98). Collection V-Back Sheath Dress|
|6pm has a good selection of Tahari dresses on sale today — the brand continually churns out solid workwear season after season. The pictured dress is $71 (some sizes 6-16 still left); I also like this other one. Tahari by ASL Jane Dress|
|While including links to the Hall of Famers, I was surprised to see that the J.Crew Origami dress seems to be no more — it had a such a long run. I like the look of this ladder stitch dress in cotton, which comes in a dark navy as well as this pretty mint, as well as coral and evergreen. Pockets, lining, nice high neckline, available in petite, tall, and regular sizes 00-16, huzzah. It’s $168. Ladder Stitch Dress in Bi-Stretch Cotton|
|I always end up drooling over the Classiques Entier sheath dresses, and this one is no different — I like the square neck (with cool inset details), the wide straps, the work-appropriate length, and the forgiving ponte. It’s $228, available in black and red. Classiques Entier® Grosgrain Inset Ponte Sheath Dress|
|I’ve been eyeing this nice Ted Baker dress for a while for a TPS report, but something less basic always seems to edge it out. I like it a lot though — again, nice square neck, cap sleeves, work-appropriate length — it differs from the dress above in that this one is a wool blend. It’s $275 at Nordstrom. Ted Baker London ‘Miakod’ Wool Blend Sheath Dress|
|As I mentioned recently, Hugo Boss has so.many.great.dresses out right now — it’s hard to pick one. I always like a V-neck, and this one is perfect for work; nice and high but still flattering. The wool-blend dress is $595 (lucky sizes only). BOSS HUGO BOSS BOSS ‘Desila’ Belted Sleeveless Sheath Dress|
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