Sheath Dresses: Two Annoying Problems and How to Solve Them
“I Can’t Tell If a Sheath Dress Fits My Shape”
Before you buy, give yourself this thorough once-over in the dressing room.
Neckline: Make sure it lies flat, as opposed to gaping forward.
Chest: Look out for horizontal pulling (the dress is too tight) or sagging (the dress is too loose). Also, any darts should line up at the center of each breast, not above or below them.
Armholes: The openings shouldn’t be so small that they constrict movement or so wide that your bra is visible.
Hips: Pinch the fabric at your side. There shouldn’t be more than an inch of allowance. However, the material shouldn’t pull across your thighs, either.
Hemline: The most flattering lengths are an inch above or below the knee. Avoid anything too long or too short.
“I’m a Size 16 and Can’t Find a Dress for Me”
Start with these all-inclusive brands.
Calvin Klein, 14W to 24W, bloomingdales.com.
David Meister, 14W to 24W, davidmeister.com.
Donna Ricco, 14W to 22W, nordstrom.com.
Lafayette 148, 14W to 24W, lafayette148.com.
Talbots, 12W to 24W, talbots.com.