Thursday, January 31, 2008

V for Vogue: The Necklaced Sheath

Rachel Roy Beaded Jacquard Sheath Dress, $1,045 at

Michael Kors Pebble Brocade Dress with Tiger's Eye beading, $2,395 at

Rachel Roy, Liz Shift Dress

While beading on a dress's neckline is nothing new, the built-in, v-shaped necklace on a sheath is vibrant and certainly in vogue. Designers have long recognized the modern woman's need for simplicity in dressing (hence the appeal of the one-stop dress), and the inclusion of a necklace on the dress eliminates the need for complementary jewelry, elevates the plainness of the shift, and accentuates the sensual fragility of the delicate collarbone. The contrast between the simple and the embellished is what makes this look also versatile for day or night.

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