I spent the first 25 years of my life or so with an extreme aversion to strapless dresses: In fact, I had to wear one to a friend’s wedding, and most of the pictures from the night show me tugging at my top. It wasn’t even loose: I was just convinced that I was two inches away from flashing the church. A few years later, my friend Robin showed up at the office wearing a strapless dress—intended for evening—layered over a basic white t-shirt, and it totally worked. Add in a belt, and maybe a jacket, and some long (i.e., lengthening) necklaces, and suddenly you’re really in business, particularly if you like to always look/feel a bit covered up. I’m selling a Kelly Green strapless dress over at OpenSky (under $100), that has a super comfy elastic panel in the back, which I styled it for the video below in a fully Robin-approved way. (The Elegantly Waisted belt and bubble gum-like necklaces by Ariel Gordon are scores, too, if I may say so myself….am I allowed to say so myself?)
Now that spring is here, and hemlines are getting shorter, I’m totally working a few more dresses into the rotation, strapless or not—the upside of a strapless dress is that it instantly screams party, meaning you can multi-task them for day and night. (And yes, for weddings.)
clockwise, l-r: STELLA TUBE DRESS BY LUNA BY JOSANDRA, $93.00, OpenSky; SHOSHANNA “JANE” STRAPLESS DRESS, $305.00, Shopbop; CORAL GABLES DRESS, $69.99, ModCloth; COINCIDENCE AND CHANGE FRUIT PRINT STRAPLESS DRESS, $49.00, Urban Outfitters.