Dressing Up a Sheath Dress

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring



Dress – The Limited (similar) | Cardigan – The Limited (similar) | Scarf – JF&A Show (similar) | Shoes – Nine West (similar)

It’s so cliché to say that a little black dress is a closet staple, but there’s a reason it gets said over and over again. A black sheath dress is incredibly easy to accessorize.  I’ve featured this dress three other times on my blog and it’s also the dress I’m wearing in my blog “logo”!


Wish you had a black sheath dress in your closet?  Here are a few that I think would fit the bill. Yes, the price on these might be sticker shock for some people, but if you think about the cost in terms of cost-per-wear you will get a lot of wear out of a dress like this if you work and it won’t go out of style. So it might be something you want to spend a bit more on. Still can’t stomach the price tag? Check out stores like TJ Maxx, Marshall’s, Ross, Beal’s or Burlington Coat Factory.  All typically carry a large assortment of dresses and I bet you’ll find something!


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16 replies on “Dressing Up a Sheath Dress

  1. Bri Marie

    Totally agree on the necessity of a black sheath. I didn’t have one for the longest time, and now I realize just how many ways I can wear it. I’ve dressed it up for nightime, worn it with boots and a cardigan for a more casual look, and of course worn it with basic tights, heels, and necklace for work. This one is perfect for you – fits like a glove!!

  2. Suburban Style Challenge

    Basic black dresses are the best. I have so many… I should probably get rid of some haha. I love black dresses that have texture though, so I find them and then buy them. Of course, the problem then becomes not knowing which one to wear haha. But a good versatile piece like that? Priceless!

  3. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Can I ask an embarrassing question? What, exactly, makes a sheath dress a sheath dress? Because I honestly have no idea. Aside from empire waist, I really don’t know anything about proper dress style terminology. This is what happens when you wear jeans seven days a week haha.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      No questions will be considered embarrassing! Anyway, a sheath dress (to me) means a dress that is almost straight up and down but a little more nipped in at the waist. A shift dress tends to be straight up and down with no waist contouring. An A-Line dress is one that flares out a bit from the hips.

  4. Anne

    I like the purple styling!

    This post just reminds me that I don’t have a basic black dress. It seems like something that I should have, but I haven’t really found the right one.

  5. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with featuring a little pricier dress when it comes to a lbd, fit and quality is really important in something that it so basic. You’re so right that they are a great blank canvas, its hard to think of what doesn’t go with a black dress. (To be honest, I’m drawing a blank at what doesn’t.)

    Heh, I love how in your logo image, your outfit matches the background so perfectly! Had you planned that?

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Exactly. If you buy something that you only kind of like and only kind of fits because the price is low then you’re not going to wear it and it’s basically wasting money!

      And I didn’t really plan my outfit to match the background! I just wanted something that was timeless and seasonless so I figured a black sheath dress and a cardigan would be the best bet 🙂

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  7. kilax

    Does that one I got last year at Eddie Bauer count as a black sheath dress? What makes it a “sheath” dress?

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