Advantages and Disadvantages of a Sheath Wedding Dress


Looking for that no-fellow-bride-can-beat-this dress to channel on your much anticipated wedding day? I bet you have already browsed through hundreds of styles in your quest for the perfect gown. Well, expect to check maaany more before you say yes to the dress, because this item really needs to tick all boxes.

No matter how many different dresses you might see, there is, however, a limited amount of shapes and cuts. One of them is the sheath dress (more elegantly known as “column”) which can actually transform into many different dresses (embellished, one-shoulder, with a train, with a low-cut, covered in lace, and so on), yet keeping its basic shape.


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My friendly advice, before you decide you are going to be a sheath dress bride, is that you try out all the other shapes first. Identifying the style that flatters your body shape is the wisest thing to do. Parole d’honneur.

If you are still convinced about the sheath wedding dress (now I can finally reveal this is also my all-time favorite style!), here are some advantages and disadvantages of wearing this cut.


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Some Like It Simple

Disliking ball gowns is not at all a wedding-fashion sin, as some might think. If you have an understated taste and love contemporary looks, the sheath dress is your first (and possibly only) choice.

Going Comfy

If you want to keep a smile on your face while you show off your dance floor moves, when you have to use the ladies’ room, or every time you sit, you will need a sheath wedding gown. Anything bulky and oversized (I’m watching you, princess-y dresses!) will make it difficult to fit in certain areas. Your column dress follows your body shape and it’s really light, allowing you to move naturally. What a relief!

Less Volume, Less Money

You might have overlooked this detail, but with wedding gowns that use a lot of fabric you will end up paying extra $$$. It’s only logical if you think of it, and that is why a sheath dress, which is normally cut close to the body, may cost less. As simple as that.

The White Dress Trick

Fans of the sheath cut who are on a budget can choose a simple white gown that is not sold as a wedding dress, but can work just as fine with the appropriate bridal accessories. This trick can save you a considerable amount of money, making possible alterations cheaper, as well.


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No Princess in Sight

One thing that could put off many brides-to-be is that there is nothing Cinderella-esque about the sheath dress. While a ball gown clearly gives women that fairy tale feel, a column dress may seem a little too plain to a bride who wants to stand out. If you have been dreaming of a stare-don’t-look dress since you were a little girl, forget about the discrete sheath.

That Perfect Silhouette…

Another major downside of the sheath dress is that it requires a really well-proportioned body. If made of thin fabric, your gown will generously display every possible lump and bump. A column dress made of a thicker material will look rather unflattering on a pear-shaped lady. The best thing is to know your body well and choose the cut that makes you feel confident.

Hoping you found these pros and cons helpful, the question arises: to sheath or not to sheath?


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