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 good sheath dress is one of those must-have basics for a working wardrobe. They can be worn in a multitude of ways — gussied up with a blazer, stylized with a cardigan and a skinny belt, or (depending on whether bare arms are appropriate in your office), worn by themselves with some fun accessories. They’re great for travel, for transitioning from desk to dinner, and always seem to work well for those “I don’t quite know what to wear” situations.
A true office-appropriate sheath dress will be bra-friendly, and I generally think of them as having a zipper in the back that comes all the way to the base of your neck (i.e., none of your back is exposed). Personally, I look for a neckline that is high enough for the office without being too high.
(Random Kat story here: I once bought a great wool sheath dress at an outlet mall — it was a well-known brand reduced from something close to $200 down to $9.99. I wore it four or five times before I figured out what was wrong with it — the crew-cut neckline was too high, and I kind of looked like I was choking in it. Since that day: I never recommend something with too high of a neckline.)
Readers, have you gotten a great sheath dress recently? Have you found them as versatile as I have?
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Update: here are some of our latest favorite sheath dresses, including dresses in plus sizes 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, this dress, and this dress (not pictured)!
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