Tips on Wearing a Strapless Gown

Strapless gowns are all over the place for formal affairs, mainly because they can be so drop-dead gorgeous. A few tips from the Chic Stories site can help you stay drop-dead gorgeous in a strapless gown instead of succumbing to a faux pas that makes you want to drop dead.

Check the fit. More than one celebrity has already showed the nation what can happen when a strapless gown doesn’t fit. The crowd can be exposed to an X-rated show. The gown’s bodice may be the most important aspect for the fit, but the rest of the dress should be equally as fitting.

Check the bodice’s fit by stretching your arms toward the ceiling to make sure the dress stays in place. Bend over and do the same. You want a top that is form-fitting, but neither too loose nor too tight or you’ll spend your entire evening annoyingly adjusting it.

 Get a strapless bra. A formal strapless gown is not the place to play around with trying to tuck your bra straps in the sides or hoping no one will notice if you go braless when you really shouldn’t. Find a strapless bra that works with the specific cut and thickness of the dress, performing the same fit test you did for the bodice.

A strapless gown lets your shoulders and neck shine, so don’t hide them with tons of bulky jewelry. An appropriate necklace, a good fit, and an equally good bra are your keys to rocking a strapless gown.

How to Choose the Best Cocktail Dress

Cocktail dresses have become a fashion staple at formal events, and you can choose one that works for you with these simple tips on what to look for.

 Cut. The cut of your cocktail dress should emphasis your best body parts while hiding the rest. Form-fitting gowns can work on hourglass shapes, while those with heavier hips, pear shapes or apple shapes may do better in an A-line or empire cut that are tighter on top and flow into fuller skirts. A short princess style features a body-hugging bodice that flares into a very full skirt, another wise choice for hiding a heavier bottom.

Length.  Cocktail dress lengths can range from a super-short mini to those that extend to mid-calf. A skirt cut below the knees can work to hide fuller thighs while those cut at mid-thigh can show off a killer pair of legs. Any length that shows your underwear when you sit down is too short for a formal affair.

Patterns and personality. Cocktail dresses generally give off a more casual vibe than floor-length gowns, giving you the perfect opportunity to pick one with a bit of extra flair. The flair can come from a fun print, such as polka dots, from a flirty layered skirt, or from embellishments along the neckline, hemline or scattered throughout the skirt.


Keep in mind that cocktail dresses are meant to make a non-traditional statement, and that statement can be as simple and sweet or as bold and beautiful as you are!