Sheath Gown

One sophisticated alternative to the traditional wedding dress, sheaths are close fitting gowns that follow every curve of a woman’s body. The fabric comes straight down from the shoulders and lays close to the lines of your figure. Ideal for tall thin body shapes, they can be cut on the bias and usually have no defined waist. Sometimes referred to as a soft constructed gown, they may offer more comfort than some of the other silhouettes. Versatile silk crepe, soft and exotic silk charmeuse, sheer georgette, or sheer chiffon are often featured. Matte and wool jersey may appeal to the more modern bride and are a wonderful way to

incorporate this style in a cooler climate. These gowns are perfect for low key weddings, both indoor and outdoor. A beach bride would relish wearing a sheath.

The sheath was made popular by the iconic bombshell Marilyn Monroe. She would wear dresses that were constructed with darts and seams, accentuating her every curve, creating an image that was truly feminine and wickedly sexy. Through her love of this shape an ultra feminine silhouette was showcased, and it has lasted through the decades.

Confidence abounds when a woman wears this style. Nothing is hidden, so the result is full of sex appeal. Keep the accessories to a minimum for you want the dress to highlight you figure, and nothing should detract from that. Either short and slinky or long and tailored, this is a very fashion forward style.

Isn’t she lovely…….
Monique Lhuillier and Claire Pettibone have sheaths to view. While you are clicking, see Marilyn’s famous “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” gown.


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