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Wearing a Long Sleeve Shirt Under a Sheath Dress

A fitted sheath dress is a flattering style for any occasion, and by layering a sweater or jacket over it, a sheath becomes appropriate for any season. Take the short leap from sheath to jumper and expand your wardrobe possibilities. Casual or dressy long-sleeved tops mix well with a sheath. You can take this basic dress from sassy to classy simply by pairing it with different shirts and tops.

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The neckline of a sheath determines what type of shirt you can wear with it; armholes may also limit your choices if they are tightly cut. Long-sleeve jersey-knit tees slip easily under a fitted sheath bodice. Coordinate the tee neckline with the dress neckline to pull the look together. Turtlenecks and mock turtlenecks pair with most dress necklines except jewel neck, which may be too snug. Collared shirts and blouses look best with an open dress neckline suck as a scoop neck, square neck or V-neck. If you’re wearing a button-front shirt, flat buttons are best -- shank buttons may be visible as bumps down the front of the dress. Bulky tops may display a hemline through the dress, so opt for fine-gauge knits, silk or fine cotton fabrics in figure-hugging styles.

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Fern Fischer's print and online work has appeared in publications such as Midwest Gardening, Dolls, Workbasket, Quilts for Today and Cooking Fresh. With a broader focus on organic gardening, health, rural lifestyle, home and family articles, she specializes in topics involving antique and modern quilting, sewing and needlework techniques.

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