Suzanne Neville
Though this long, snug-fitting silhouette is always chic it goes through its own mega trend every twenty years. Sheaths became a wardrobe staple in the early 1960s when Audrey Hepburn wore her famous little black Givenchy in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Nancy Kwan also made the Mandarin sheath famous in The World of Suzie Wong. Sheaths made another comeback to bridal in the Dynasty-inspired 1980s, usually embellished with a lot of pouf. Lately we've seen the return of the classic Audrey Hepburn in more structured fibers like peau de soie and brocade. Softer touches can of laces and hand-rolled florals are added to some.

Peter Langner

The sheath is long and columnar like a cylinder. Styles vary and have waistlines and skirt features that are usually as snug up top as on bottom. The sheath can work for the bride who wants a stylish, simple presence as well as one who wants to make a more powerful statement with her veil or accents of laces and a train added. This is an ideal gown if you’re short and slim. The unbroken columnar line creates height. Although, it’s also great for tall, thin, physically fit brides as well. If you’re statuesque or prone to heaviness, look toward more flattering A-lines.

Louise Selby

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