How To Wear A Strapless Dress

Last updated on : September 02 2017

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There is no secret that women come in all shapes and sizes, and that the best way to bring out your curves is to dress according to your body type.

In this article, we highlight how to choose the best bare-shoulder and strapless styles for your body type and other need to know facts about these dresses.

The Best Strapless Dress For Your Body Type

Pear Shape

The most common women’s body shape is considered to be pear. With this shape, your booty and hips are wider than your shoulders and bust line. You also have a delicate upper body structure with great arms and shoulders. This is what makes a dress without straps a fabulous choice for you. Celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Christina Aguilera, and Rihanna all have pear-shaped bodies, and boy, do they flaunt it - as should you.

The perfect choice in this style will focus attention on your upper body. Scalloped and embellished necklines are great ways to draw attention upwards. Go for an A-line because these slim your hips and accentuate your upper body as do knee-length hems with empire waists. Long dresses are also an option, if you have the height to pull them off.

knee length strapless dress

A knee length or midi bandage dress is a good choice for a pear shape

Apple or Diamond Shape

With an apple-shaped body you have a full bust, broad shoulders, and a wide torso. Your arms, legs, and hips tend to be thinner and shapely. Any weight you gain will mostly go to your waistline. Angelina Jolie, Elizabeth Hurley, Rosie O’Donnell, Tyra Banks, and Catherine Zeta-Jones are celebrities with this body shape. 

Show off your full bust in a strapless sweetheart A-line dress. This works because the A-line lengthens your body while the sweetheart neckline attracts attention to your cleavage and frames your face. Since you have thinner and shapely legs try short and sexy to show them off too. You should however avoid dresses that attract attention to your waist and your stomach area so stay away from belts or dresses with built in waistline features.

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Shop short and sexy sweetheart bandage dresses today! 

Rectangular and Straight Shape

If you have a rectangular or boyish-shaped body, then you have something in common with celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Naomi Watts, Keira Knightley, Trinny Woodall, and Reese Witherspoon. More than 45 percent of women in the US have this shape. Picture an hourglass figure and now mute the waist a little bit – this is what a rectangular body shape looks like. Characterized by narrower hips, a smaller bust, and an undefined waist. One of the best things about your body type is that weight gain gets evenly distributed so you can get away with carrying a few extra holiday pounds!

The perfect dress for you is one that creates curves and provides an attractive silhouette. Those that give you a more defined waistline are the way to go. Choose fitted bodices preferably with border prints as these create an illusion of curves. A peplum strapless dress will provide additional shape and so works well too. Keep in mind that whatever dress you choose, it should add volume to both your upper and lower body proportionally. Choose knee-length or short styles because women with this body type have great and shapely legs.

Inverted Triangle Shape

Also known as an athletic body type, inverted triangles are characterized by broader shoulders and narrower hips. You have a larger upper body with a wide back as well as a fuller bust. Celebrities with an inverted triangle body shape include some of the most famous models in the world, including Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bündchen, as does famous actress Renee Zellweger.

Even though you have a good bust line, your best assets are your shapely legs - so show them off. Dress in a way that attracts attention away from your wider shoulders and bigger upper body, and accentuates your lean legs and slimmer lower body. Try an A-line or mermaid with an empire waist, either mini or maxi will look great on you. The objective is to add volume to your lower body. For example, full skirts with embellishments that draw the attention to your hips.  

Hourglass Shape

This may be the most coveted and envied of all the body shapes, however only a small minority of women have one. Most supermodels do not have this body type because it is too curvy with a full bust line, shapely legs, and a well-defined waist. Some of the most well-known celebrities here are Beyonce, Kate Winslet, Mariah Carey, Jessica Biel, Kim Kardashian, Shakira, and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

If you have an hourglass figure and are on the lookout for the perfect dress without straps, you are extremely lucky because almost anything will work. Whether you want to wear a cute strapless bodycon dress with a sweetheart neckline or a tube dress with sheath skirt, you will look great. The general rule is to accentuate your waistline and curves, so wear dresses with waistline definition or accessorize it with a belt. Stay away from baby dolls and empire waist dresses which hide your waist. A pencil style or anything tight and sexy is often the way to go.

How to Keep a Strapless Dress Up

The golden rule is to test before you buy. Having to deal with a dress that keeps on falling is not a good idea, especially if you need to resort to sticky tape, wearing a shirt underneath or worse. 

Strapless bandage dresses at The Kewl Shop 

The strapless dresses in The Kewl Shop collection will absolutely not let you down. This is because each comes with a thin rubber or silicone strip that holds tight against your skin preventing it from falling.

Additionally, each is made from a luxury bandage material that has thickness and stretch, ensuring the dress stays firmly against your skin at all times. The material is also sturdy enough to allow the dress to be worn without a bra and will cater for sizes up to DDD, sometimes larger.   

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Shop strapless bandage dresses at The Kewl Shop

What Bra To Wear With A Strapless Dress 

Naturally a strapless bra style or bodysuit is your best option. If you are comfortable with your tummy and not looking for added control simply opt for the dress alone. Otherwise choose a bodysuit to slim down your stomach and provide more support and control. Taken from our article...What to Wear Under a Bandage Dress

What Jewelry Works Best

We are constantly asked about the best necklace styles and jewelry options for our strapless bandage dresses so we decided to consult jewelry designers, influencers, and stylists on the topic. Here are some of the responses:

Diamonds in The Library: "When you have a lot of chest and shoulders showing it gives you so many options for necklaces: it's the perfect time for one big statement piece but you shouldn't forget to try other things, too. Consider a long necklace that will draw the eye up and down your body, or several layered necklaces to give an unexpected complexity to your look. Or you could always skip a necklace in favor of truly major earrings." 

Love & Pieces: “When wearing a dress without straps we feel it is a perfect opportunity to make a statement with your jewelry. If the neckline and dress are simple go for a bold necklace that will pop and pull your look together. If you’re not comfortable with a statement necklace go for some great earrings. Right now, earrings are hot and there are so many options out there from climbers, tassels, hoops and threaders.”

The Diary of a Jewelry Lover: "These dresses are bold style statement. To compliment it, pick one item of jewelry that stands out but don't over accessorise. If the dress is classic and chic go for some glamorous chandelier earrings on their own, or alternatively a bold chunky necklace with small stud earrings. A high fashion dress can suit a long necklace well or solid cuff bangle, however if it is highly patterned consider simpler jewelry, such as small diamond earrings."

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