Who Can Wear Strapless Wedding Dresses?

Strapless wedding dresses are classic. They are loved by many brides and are present in any wedding designer’s collection. However, this neckline isn’t flattering for all brides. That’s why, we are going to provide you with the tips on who can wear a strapless gown, how to choose and wear it properly.

So, let’s get started and find out if a strapless wedding gown is suitable for you. Moreover, we are going to provide you with the cute ideas of wedding dresses, featuring this neckline, for various body types.

Who Is Strapless Wedding Gowns the Most Flattering for?

Bride in a strapless wedding dress

Bride in a strapless wedding dress

Though long strapless wedding dresses are traditional and timeless, they don’t suit all the brides. Such gowns draw attention to the arms, shoulders and neck. That’s why, your arms must be well toned and the décolleté line flawless. Also, the upper back must look good as will be open as well.

Strapless gowns are great for the girls with hourglass body shape. They help to accentuate the beautiful body curves. Strapless mermaid wedding dresses are the ideal option to show off the merits of your body. But, in fact, any dress silhouette will be appropriate.

Also, wedding gowns strapless suit slim and petite brides, highlighting their tenderness. The best silhouettes are A-line, sheath and empire waist. Avoid ball gowns if you are of a small height.

The pear-shaped girls may look very beautiful in strapless dresses. However, it’s better to opt for A-line and princess silhouettes, which will hide the fuller hips. Moreover, to distract attention from the heavier lower part, opt for the bodices with lace, embroidery or patterns. 3D appliques are also a good idea.

The brides with the inverted triangle body type, who want to have a strapless dress, should have a ball gown, which will add volume to the hips. The same concerns the girls with rectangle body shapes. Moreover, it’s recommended to avoid straight bodices. Give preference to sweetheart necklines as they are more feminine.

But, the plus size girls very rarely look astonishing in wedding strapless dresses. They may draw attention to your demerits and distract the attention from your merits. Or, if you have an armpit muffin top, the strapless dress will accentuate that. The other cases when a strapless dress is not the best variant are if you have too small or too big breast or too bony shoulders.

How to Wear Strapless Bridal Dresses?

While choosing beautiful strapless wedding gowns, make sure that your gown is of the proper size. A too small dress will make you feel uncomfortable while a too big one will slip down all the time. Moreover, the distance between the shoulders and the top of the dress can’t be too long. Otherwise, you won’t avoid the effect of the sagging boobs.

In truth, many wedding stylists recommend to opt for the strapless dresses with boning. The bones perform the role of the corset and you won’t feel like your dress is constantly slipping down. And, of course, a dress with a corset is a great idea as the tightness of the bodice can be adjusted. In such a way, you can be free from worries even if you lose a couple of kilos before the wedding.

The proper underwear is very important for a strapless sweetheart wedding dress. It must be well-fitted, comfortable and supportive. Clearly, you will need a strapless bra for wedding dress. In some cases, for instance if the back of the dress is too low, you will need a low back strapless bra for wedding dress. In any case, the most important is that the underwear doesn’t leave any gaps and sits perfectly. Also, the cups can be sewn into the bodice and you can free yourself from the search of the proper bra.

In order to support your wedding dress better, you may have rubber inserts, sewn to the top of the bustier. They will increase friction between the dress and the skin and will keep the dress from sliding down.

One more way to feel more comfortable in strapless wedding dresses is to make a transparent shoulder strap. Visually, the dress will seem to be strapless, while, actually, it will have straps. Or, traditional spaghetti straps will also cope with this task brilliantly. The spaghetti straps can be detachable and so, you are free to attach them to the dress as soon as you feel that the dress sits not very comfortably on you.

And finally, never forget about accessories. The majority of strapless dresses look brighter and more interesting if they are combined with a beautiful necklace or statement earrings. ​Also, capes and boleros of thin lace or other sheer fabric are a great addition to your bridal look. 

Ideas of Strapless Wedding Gowns for Various Body Types

If you are one of the lucky girls, who can have a wedding dress with a strapless bodice, have a look at the following ideas of strapless bridal gowns for different body types.

Hourglass Body

Strapless mermaid wedding dress

Strapless mermaid wedding dress


The lucky owners of hourglass body shapes can wear absolutely any silhouette they like. Even simple strapless wedding gowns as well as short strapless wedding dresses will look great at them.

In truth, a mermaid wedding gown is the best way to accentuate your beautiful body curves. It can be made of satin if you like minimalism, tulle if you want the gown to be more voluminous, lace if you want to highlight your femininity. Very often, brides-to-be give preference to the gowns made of a mixture of fabrics. Thus, the lace can be adorably combined with tulle, satin and some other fabrics.

If you have a normal or tall height, try on a wedding dress with a drop waist. This silhouette suits a few body shapes, but looks very good on an hourglass body. The drop waist wedding dresses have much in common with mermaid gowns, but they start to flare at the hips, higher than the traditional mermaid dresses.

The stated above silhouettes are the most flattering for the girls with an hourglass body. However, in fact, this figure is considered to be ideal and so, you are free to choose any silhouette you like.

Pear-Shaped Body

The girls with a pear-shaped body usually want to hide the fuller hips and accentuate the slender upper part. Also, some girls try to make the upper part look fuller with the help of various tricks. A-line dress silhouette is a very good choice, which will accentuate top and waist and hide the hips.

Also, a ball gown silhouette can be appropriate as it will hide the hips. However, it suits the girls only with medium or tall height. The other alternative is an empire waist wedding dress. It will also accentuate your small top and will hide the hips under the flowing skirts.

Actually, the strapless gowns aren’t the best option for the girls with a pear-shaped body. When we need to add some volume in the upper part, we often do that with the help of sleeves, bateau or off-the-shoulder necklines. However, if you still want to have a strapless gown, opt for the one with a sweetheart bodice.

A strapless beaded wedding dress will be a very good idea. Also, the lace and draperied bodices will look good. If you want to have some additional volume in the upper part of the body, consider 3D decorations. They will help to make your look more balanced.

Inverted Triangle Body

The brides with the inverted triangle bodies seek for the ways to balance the wide shoulders with narrow hips. This aim can be reached with the help of a traditional princess wedding dress. The volume skirt will hide the hips and will create the illusion of a well-proportioned body. Also, A-line silhouette will look good on such a body shape.

Though the girls with wide shoulders look the best with the V and U-necklines, you can wear a strapless gown for your wedding. The sweetheart neckline is the most appropriate. However, avoid bodices with too much decor. Draperies, beading and embroidery can make your upper part look bigger. Opt for more minimalist tops or the ones covered with thin lace.

Basically, the most important rule for the brides with the inverted triangle bodies is to make an accent on the skirt and distract the attention from the upper part. Thus, tulle skirts are better than satin or chiffon ones. Also, it’s good if the skirt has tiers or features a complicated design. One more way to add some volume to the hips is to wear a dress with a basque.

Apple-Shaped Body

Apple-shaped girls need to make their waist look slimmer. The A-line and ball gowns with a corset that finishes high on the waist will distract the attention from the tummy and will accentuate the slimmer part of your waistline. The empire waist may also help you to reach the same effect.

If you want to make your waist visually slimmer, opt for a gown with asymmetrical draperies. You will be surprised by the illusion they create. Or, a dress may feature the lace appliques, which start at the bodice and gradually extend to the skirt, creating vertical lines.

Actually, the heavy fabrics are one of the best options for apple-shaped girls. You may also have a strapless lace wedding dress, but here the choice of the pattern plays a very important look. Avoid too big and too small patterns as well as 3D designs. Also, it’s not recommended to have a dress, made of thin and stretching fabrics.

Rectangle Body

Strapless ball gown wedding dresses are the best option for the girls with rectangle bodies. Such a silhouette will add femininity and curves to your body. If you want to avoid too much volume, you can wear an A-line wedding dress. One more silhouette, which is good for the brides with rectangle bodies, is empire waist.

If you have a rectangle body shape, you should avoid any straight lines. As you need to add femininity and visual curves to your body, stick to mild and more round lines. Thus, the sweetheart neckline is the best option. Or, you can also have the one in the form of a wave. Also, it’s good if the dress will be embellished with lace, beading, embroidery etc.

If you want to create the illusion of a thin waist, opt for a gown with a bodice, featuring asymmetrical draperies. The draperies, which become narrower at the waistline, visually make the waist look slimmer.

One more trick for adding some curves to your body is to have a bodice, embellished in the form of an inverted triangle. When the breast line features the most of the embellishments, which gradually decrease towards the waist, the effect will be the same as with the asymmetrical draperies.

Petite Bride

Strapless sheath wedding dress

Strapless sheath wedding dress


Sheath wedding dresses create a long and lean silhouette, which is so much desired by the short brides. They are considered as one of the best variants for petite brides. Empire waist dresses may also elongate the miniature figure because of the elevated waistline. However, they don’t suit the brides with a short upper torso.

Mermaid gowns are also possible if you have beautiful body curves. The properly chosen dress in this silhouette may visually stretch your midsection. But, the petite brides should opt for the dresses with a moderate volume. Avoid the gowns with a puffy and voluminous bottom as well as the ones, where the transition between the fit and flaring part is too evident.

Moreover, if you have always dreamt about a princess-like wedding dress and know that ball gowns aren’t the best option, choose a strapless A-line wedding dress. It’s less voluminous and will stretch your body as well.

As to the fabrics, lace is a good variant as its pattern may add some visual curves to your body. The flowing fabrics like chiffon or charmeuse also look very nice on petite girls. But avoid too heavy fabrics.

All in all, strapless wedding dresses don’t suit everyone. However, if to choose a dress with much care, taking into account all the peculiarities of your body, you will be able to make your dream about such a gown true.

Lesly White

Hi everyone! My name is Lesly White. I am the chief editor at TheBestWeddingDresses.com Blog. I am obsessed with wedding dresses and everything related to weddings. In my posts, I like to share the ideas of wedding gowns and accessories as well as provide brides with tips on how to prepare for a wedding.

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