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Simple and Sleek: Sheath Wedding Dress

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If you’ve been looking for a wedding gown to show off your curves, a sheath dress might be the style for you! We’ve created a guide to this popular dress style, from celebrity inspiration, to fabrics and accessories to customize your look.

In the Beginning

A sheath dress is a form fitting silhouette that is meant to flatter your body. These dresses tend to be on the tighter side and accentuate curves. Paul Pioret is credited as the designer of the sheath dress. He designed them in such a way that the seam runs vertically from shoulders to hips. Sheath dresses look best on hourglass or heart shaped body types as the gowns are more form fitting and highlight your proportions.

Take our quiz to find out which type of dress suits your body best!

Designers & Accessorizing

Sheath dresses are made by a variety of different designers such as AF Couture, Beloved, Blu, Casablanca, David’s Bridal, Essence of Australia, Julietta, Maggie Sottero, Martina Liana, Mikaella, Morilee, Rebecca Ingram, Sottero and Midgley, Stella York, and Voyage.

Maggie Sottero|Claudia Dawn

This sheath dress features a high neckline and, traditional for a sheath style, is form fitting to the body. This dress is on the simpler side but could be dressed up or down depending on accessories.

For a more glamourous look, this dress could be paired with an elaborate up-do, dangling earrings and a heavy makeup look. On the contrary, for a simple look, wearing your hair down in loose waves or even back in a messy low bun or ponytail paired with simple makeup and accessories can create a simple but elegant look.

Going for a more traditional and regal look?
Try a Ball Gown!

Celebrities Who Wore It Best

Sheath dresses are also a very popular style for celebrity weddings. One of the most well known sheath dresses was worn by Kim Kardashian for her wedding to Kanye West in 2014. Kardashian’s long sleeved dress featured lace detailing with sheer cut outs around the waist and an open back. She wore an elaborate veil and the dress had a long train, as well.

Emmy Rossum also wore a sheath dress for her wedding, but the style was completely different than that of Kardashian. Rossum wore a more conservative style Carolina Herrera gown for her intimate wedding ceremony in New York. The dress featured embellished beading around the waist, a floor length lace veil, a full train, and fabric buttons down the full back of the dress. The off-the-shoulder gown, paired with Rossum’s minimal jewelry and low bun, created an effortlessly elegant and classic style.

A-Line Gowns are classic, dreamy and romantic, and aren’t quite as form-fitting.

Fabric and Accessories

Crepe, tulle, and silk are fabrics often used in sheath dresses. Whether you’re trying to add more drama to your look or keep it simple, there is a fabric for every type of bride that can complement a sheath dress.

If your dress has a higher neckline, wear your hair up to accentuate the details of the dress. If your dress is simple at the top, style your hair down.

To create a dramatic and glamorous look, wear your hair down with dangling earrings and a bold makeup look. For a classic and elegant look like Rossum’s try a slicked back hairstyle with minimal makeup and jewelry but pair it with a longer veil. For a simple look, try wearing your hair in loose waves or a low messy bun. Skip the veil and add a hair accessory or simple jewelry.


One of the best things about this style dress is that it’s so versatile. Gowns like this one can be found at local vendors such as Lavender Bridal Salon.

This blog is sponsored by Lavender Bridal Salon. Choosing a wedding dress is a big deal, and Lavender makes shopping for your gown special. Lavender is determined to help brides feel 100% happy and confident in their dress choice. With the help of their experienced bridal stylists, the option of custom designs, and their overall knowledge of the industry, Lavender is dedicated to helping brides find the perfect dress for their big day. Lavender has dresses from a number of top-notch designers such as Stella York, Casablanca, and Maggie Sottero.

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