By Yolanda Wikiel
The Basics of a Sheath DressLike the sheath of a sword, this slim, close-fitting shape encases the body. A back slit or pleat keeps it walkable. With this type of dress, the waist is a major focal point, add a belt for extra definition.
Neckline styles can vary on sheaths. Beading or other embellishments draw the eye up to the face.
If you have a tummy...
What to look for: For a more defined waist opt for one with ruching, which visually flattens the stomach. Patterned fabric can also help distract attention from one specific problem area.
What to avoid: Lightweight or slinky fabrics that will cling to the middle.
Related: More tummy-hiding styles
If you have an hourglass figure...
What to look for: Waist-enhancing seams and a form-fitting cut to play up balanced proportions.
What to avoid: Fabrics like tweed or brocade that are stiff or heavy-they don't shape easily to the contours of the body. If you wear D cups or larger, steer clear of high necklines, Read More »from The best sheath dress for your body