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Strapless Dresses

Perfect for a special night out or a casual summers day, strapless dresses are a classic style which never go out of fashion

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What is a strapless dress?

Well, the clue is in the name, a strapless dress has no fabric over the shoulders and doesn’t have sleeves. It quite simply stops just above the bust line leaving the shoulders, arms and neck seductively bare. Because they need to stay up on their own the bodice of Strapless dresses is usually quite fitted and there is often a concealed zip in one of the side seams to ensure a snug fit. The skirt of a strapless dress can be body con hipping hugging or A line or even a full prom style.

What are the different types of strapless dresses?

The strapless dress style is very versatile and comes in all lengths, mini, knee and maxi. The neck line is often straight across but the design is more flattering when the neckline is either a sweetheart, mirroring the breasts with two curves or a V neck. The key is not to show too much cleavage and too much leg at the same time and so a deep V neck line is best chosen on a long skirt. Sometimes these dresses contain hidden bras or are in fact boned like a corset to ensure your cleavage is presented in the best possible way whilst you are secure in the knowledge you are not going to have a wardrobe mall function! If the dress you choose doesn’t have a concealed bra a strapless bra can be worn beneath to good effect.

For which occasions is a strapless dress suitable?

Strapless dresses come in all sorts of styles and fabrics and can be worn for practically any occasion. They can be just as good for wearing on a hot sunny afternoon, when you want to keep cool and avoid sun tan lines on your shoulders, as they are for attending the party of the season. It is usually the fabric which determines when a certain strapless dress will be worn rather than the style. In fact the most popular wedding dresses are strapless wedding dresses.

Best strapless dresses for day wear

Strapless dresses are usually considered for evening wear but they are very versatile and can make a great day wear option although you need to choose your fabric wisely. The best dress fabrics for day wear are

Cotton Strapless dress
Linen Strapless dress
Silk Strapless dress

Best strapless dresses for evening wear

Perfect for a formal ball or prom, strapless dresses accentuate your neck and shoulders, giving a poised, glamorous look – team with a beautiful necklace to give yourself a classic timeless look. The best fabrics for evening dresses include

Satin Strapless dress
Silk Strapless dress
Lace Strapless dress

This season a particularly popular choice is the Strapless maxi dress, often worn with flat sandals and accessorised with a big floppy handbag. This combination creates an effortless urban chic look perfect for a weekend day out or casual dinner date.

Which are the most popular Strapless dress colours?

The most popular is a black strapless dress, teamed with the right shoes, handbag and jewellery this choice makes going from day to evening really easy. That said white strapless dresses are also very popular and an excellent choice for a hot summers day. in you want to create a bit more of a stir, then choose a fiery red strapless dress teamed with black accessories and stand out from the crowd.