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How to Wear a Strapless Dress

Updated on October 16, 2014

Who Looks Best in a Strapless Dress

Look Your Best in a Women's Strapless Dress

Is this look right for you? Let's find out. Whether you've chosen to wear a strapless evening gown or a short strapless dress, looking your best in a strapless dress does require some know how. Being both revealing and elegant, the strapless dress has been around for years and continues to be the dress of choice especially in women's elegant evening wear. Learn if this style dress would be a good choice for you and how to wear a strapless dress and look fabulous while your doing it. Whether it's a strapless prom gown or a strapless sundress, these expert fashion tips are sure to help you look your very best in this type of women's dress.

How to Wear a Strapless Dress - Look Great in a Strapless Dress

Strapless Dress Do's and Don'ts

If you've ever wondered how to wear a strapless dress and look fabulous, you need to know a few things first before you actually go out in public wearing one. First, and most importantly, proper fit is absolutely crucial in looking great while wearing a strapless dress. You don't want it so loose that you have to pull on the top of it to keep it in place. I've seen this a lot at parties, it looks awful and it's obviously uncomfortable for the wearer. If it's too tight, it's going to look tacky and feel uncomfortable, too. A proper fitted strapless dress should firmly grip the top of your bust without revealing too much cleavage. Keep it loose enough through the hips and thighs so you can walk comfortably and not feel restricted.

And did you know that a quality-made strapless dress retains its hourglass shape even while its on the hanger? It does. Your natural shape should simply reinforce the construction of the strapless dress. This is a dress that really should be tried on before buying. Of course, you can take a chance and buy online and if it doesn't fit right, just return it. Just make sure you check the store's return policy.

Who should not wear this style dress? Women with wide shoulders should avoid this look all together, as it brings too much attention to the shoulders. Whoever thought that being an avid swimmer (like me) could have repercussions?

Ladies, do always wear a bra with a strapless dress. Even if a dress has plenty of infrastructure, too much exposure could be a fashion disaster. If your depending on the dress alone to provide you with support, that can be risky. Try wearing a push-up bra with plenty of room (you might even have to go up a cup size).

Add elegance to your look and accessorize your strapless dress by wearing a women's shoulder wrap or shawl. If your attending a conservative event, an elegant shawl or wrap would be very appropriate. You can also opt to wear a fashionable cardigan or designer blazer with a strapless dress to complete your look and keep the chill off.

Now that you know how to look your best and what to look for in a strapless dress, let's see what's available for the current fashion season.

How to Rock a Strapless Dress

Womens Strapless Cocktail Dress - Did Someone Say Party?

Perfect Party Dress

All over the runways and perfect evening wear, this lovely women's strapless cocktail dress by Faviana features a handkerchief hem overlay and a short front and a longer back. A petite woman looks best when wearing this look and a pair of hot looking high heels really compliments your entire outfit. The high low look in dresses this fashion season is so chic, it takes the eye all over you, (which is a good thing). If you've never worn a dress like this one, now might be the time to try this trendy look. The strapless dress shown above is cinched at the waistline with a jeweled attached belt. Available in red at edressme.com.

Whether your tall, average, petite, or plus size this style is perfect for dancing.

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Strapless Prom Gown - Prom Dresses by Tony Bowls!

Timeless Prom Dress Style

Strapless prom dresses are a classic look that can take you from timeless to trendy with lots of beautiful styles. Going strapless gives you the chance to show off pretty arms, shoulders and neckline and gives a great excuse to workout harder at the gym. A strapless neckline looks great with a pair of big, bold earrings or large beautiful necklace.

You'll find strapless necklines on all styles of dresses from wedding and social to prom and pageant at TJ Formal. Ball gowns, fitted dresses, long or short dresses all have an especially elegant look with a strapless neckline.

Prom gown shopping? Tony Bowls is one of the very best designers of women's formal wear that you'll find online. The prices are affordable, too. Your prom is something that will always be remembered, so be sure and take your time when choosing the perfect dress.

Strapless Mermaid Gown - Stunning Formal Dress

Strapless Formal Gown

You'll feel like dancing the night away in a stunning strapless formal dress and will be certain to simply take his breath away. The mermaid gown shown is one that features a strapless slim fitting bodice with sparkling black sequins allover the bodice and is especially enchanting. The black floral lace overlay clings to your curves while the floor length tulle skirt flares out at the bottom to create a glamorous you. This strapless mermaid gown is a real show stopper!

Purchase a strapless mermaid gown below at Amazon.

Strapless Mermaid Gowns

My personal favorite is the strapless mermaid gown. It reminds me of the Barbie doll outfits I would dream of someday wearing myself!

Plus Size Strapless Dress - Little Black Dress

Special Occasion Plus Size Dress

Yes, plus size ladies, you can pull off this look too! Like mentioned above, as long as you don't have really big shoulders or arms. Speaking of, look how sexy this plus size lady looks in this little black dress! This sequin, plus size strapless dress can bring out your inner diva for your night out or special occasion, too. This type is the perfect dress to wear for date night or as a cocktail dress. Available at Bloomingdale's. If you want to make your figure appear slimmer wear a corset or waist nipper underneath. Your figure is fabulous, show it off in the women's dress it deserves!

Strapless Mini Dress - Mini Cocktail Dress

Seductive Short Dress

Everything you want in a dress is included in this little satin number. Turn heads in this classic yet seductive short strapless dress with a sense of style that takes charge of the entire room. This strapless makes you instantly party ready and is available in gold, red, black, and more. You'll look super sexy whether your coming or going. Regardless of the occasion or destination, this dress is sure to make a memorable entrance and at a price you can surely afford.

Purchase this strapless mini dress below at Amazon.

Strapless Mini Dress

When you really want to turn heads your way, you wear a strapless mini dress. Guys all totally love this look!

Strapless Sundresses for Women

This irresistibly cute and flirty ladies strapless sundress is a summer or vacation time must. Let a versatile strapless sundress play an essential part of your summer wardrobe! Wear one to the beach, while on vacation or cruise, to parties, date night, or anytime! You can even choose to wear one as a swimsuit coverup.

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One-size-fits-most Tube Dress/Coverup - Zinnia Ivy (many colors)
One-size-fits-most Tube Dress/Coverup - Zinnia Ivy (many colors)

Wear it alone or as a beach coverup, either way this flirty style will be a hit.

 

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      pinkandblack 8 years ago

      Hi, I have visited your lenses. It's give good information about lovely dress..thanks for your info

      pink and black prom dresses

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Those are beautiful strapless dresses! 5 stars :)

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Beautiful dresses. I think finding the right bra is probably the hardest part - other than the dress itself that is.

      blessed by a squidangel :)

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      Lots of pretty dresses! I love the look of a strapless dress but I've probably only owned two in my entire lifetime. Strapless bras take some getting used to.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      lovely dresses

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      You've been blessed by a Squid Angel, and this lens was included in Another Day of One Hundred Squid Angel Blessings.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What an awesome lens thank you for sharing! Great read. 5*s!

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      yellowvenus 7 years ago

      Strapless Tea-Length Dress and Strapless Evening Gown are very stylish. Great products. Thank God, I am not a woman. If I were one, I would spend all the money on the dresses. LOL

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      mermaidlife 7 years ago

      This is such an informative lens. You are doing us a great service by talking about a subject that isn't easily brought up in conversation. But that's not why I came to your lens. I saw the beautiful mermaid gown that you have here and made sure I bookmarked your lens to get back here again when I had more time.

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      Strapless dresses are very...well, sexy. I had one many years ago, loved it, but wearing a strapless bra back then was not much fun.

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      mich1908 6 years ago

      I've never worn a strapless dress before because I don't have the guts to do so! Those dresses shown on your lense are just absolutely beautiful.

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      jbarnhart41 6 years ago

      I love almost every dress on this lens. Great tips and fun page.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Strapless dresses ROCK!!

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Wish I could look as elegant as these ladies in a strapless dress, but alas!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Great job! I liked it for you :)

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      vitar 6 years ago

      Great lens, thanks for sharing.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great tips and awesome styles. I'm looking for a dress to wear for my daughter's wedding. I love the style with the little jacket. Thanks for all of these great looks! :)

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      V Random 6 years ago

      so many ideas here! thanks

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      pylemountain1 6 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea wearing a strapless dress required this much work!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Femininity Personified

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      great ideas for a wedding gown! cheers

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      I would LOVE to wear one.. but I think it would fall off!!!!!!

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      Lisa Auch 5 years ago from Scotland

      I think I am in love....with everyone of these dresses, I simply love classy and these are just that. The silver dress above is just beautiful! -Blessed-

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      nuestraherencia 5 years ago

      I love strapless dresses. They of course looked much better on me a few years ago, but living by the beach, it's almost a necessity. Thanks for sharing some tips on how to wear them correctly. Great information!

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      Debbie 5 years ago from England

      Blessed by a Squid Angel ;)

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      Tracy Gibb 5 years ago

      I love every one of these dresses!

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      verkeerd 5 years ago

      I love your ideas and thanks for the tips! And yes, the dresses are fantastic!

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      lochero 5 years ago

      cute sundresses,which you can get more information about cute sundresses.

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      verkeerd 5 years ago

      I agree with BizGuides, these dresses are very feminine, and it's essential to know how to wear them. Thank you for your beautiful lens!

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      Hubba hubba - hot strapless dresses!

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      Lovely! Just Lovely! These ladies in your lens carry off the strapless dress so effortlessly.

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      cashstudent101 lm 5 years ago

      Here in thailand i see so many girls wearing a strapless dress with their bra straps showing. It totally ruins the look.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Great lens! Your tips are spot-on and the dresses are amazing!

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      madhu2219 5 years ago

      just so lovely article.

      keep posting :)

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      momore 5 years ago

      lovely! I love these girl, they are so beautiful, especially the black cardigan.

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      mpem23 5 years ago

      love the strapless dress, thanks for your lens.

      black cardigan

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      lolitafans 5 years ago

      great lens!

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      whodiesinthenew 5 years ago

      To be honest I am not a fan of strapless dresses. It just does not look well on every woman.

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      I have always been afraid to wear a strapless dress. But the tips i have got here are really inspiring and i will give it a try. Good job!

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      nephthys lm 5 years ago

      Blue and black are definitely the best colours for strapless dresses.

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      ferbscosmetics 5 years ago

      The strapless dresses all look beautiful!

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      wearol 5 years ago

      Maybe purple straplees dress is good! Learn more details by check my collection

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      Sarata LM 5 years ago

      Very nice lens great info thanks for posting it

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      katlovestrouble 5 years ago

      So many beautiful dresses here...and really helpful advice too! Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great tips! I'm have a fear of strapless dressing, but you recommended staying away from them if you have wide shoulders which I kind of do.... I'll take your advice! :)

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I love the black swing strapless dress. I think it takes confidence to wear a strapless dress.

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      These are fabulous looking dresses. I think I love all of them.

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great advice! I'm new to Squidoo, so its very helpful to view a successful "Squidoo Angel's" content! I'm realizing mine need to be much longer! :) Thanks!

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      Shelly Sellers 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Oh, strapless dresses are so sexy!

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      AJ 4 years ago from Australia

      There are some beautiful strapless dress options here and your fitting and comfort advice is invaluable!

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      corine0306 4 years ago

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      I never thought I would look good in a strapless dress, but hired one to do a book signing at a charity ball on 8/3 this year. I felt a million dollars! I loved wearing it so much I even wrote a lens about it. So now I want to look at others and enjoy imagining me in them. I think I pulled the look off ok. And I felt great.

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      As a former alterations specialist, I emphasize that a strapless dress must fit perfectly in order to look good. Many women get the top edge too tight instead of making sure the dress fits at the waist and has enough body to keep its shape (as you pointed out in this lens.)

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      Aladdins Cave 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Love em

      Cheers from DOWNUNDER

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      angel 2 years ago

      Thanks for nice list.

      I like plus size dresses.

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