You may have seen photos of Reese Witherspoon in this gorgeous Zac Posen strapless dress at her recent movie premier….

or Angelina Jolie in this sparkly little number..

What you may not have known are the following four secrets that Reese and Angelina used to create these knockout looks.

THE 4 SECRETS TO STRAPLESS SUCCESS…

 

#1- BE  SURE THAT THE TOP OF YOUR DRESS SITS AS HIGH UP ON YOUR TORSO AS COMFORTABLY POSSIBLE (WHERE  YOUR ARM MEETS YOUR TORSO)

This is one of the most important things to know when wearing a strapless. Make sure the dress does not ride down on your torso, exposing the skin just below the crease of your arm. Besides showing off this unattractive piece of flesh (which can look like flab on even the most fit women) it will also completely throw off the proportions of the dress.  The higher the top of your strapless comes on your torso (where it meets the arm) the better your dress will look.

#2 – GET THE LENGTH RIGHT!

Deciding on the correct length for a dress can sometimes be difficult, but taking the time to get it right with a strapless is even more important than with other styles of dress. Why? Because a strapless dress already shows a lot more skin on top than any other type of dress  you’ve got to be careful to balance it with the perfect amount of exposed skin on the bottom. If you don’t find this balance, your dress can start to look trashy quick fast and in a hurry.

That said, there are two ideal lengths -the elegant length and the sexy length, which will show you and your dress of to their best advantage:

THE ELEGANT LENGTH:

Wearing your dress to the top of the knee is the perfect length for an elegant strapless dress. A great example of this is the photo of Reese above. With her dress worn to the top of the knee she looks both chic and perfectly proportioned. ( This can vary slightly on some women and can also be worn to the mid-knee-but NEVER just below the knee. See Line 8 of your Fashion Code)

THE SEXY LENGTH:

Of course, if you really want to pull out all the stops and go even sexier like Angelina above, there is a shorter look which works perfectly for a hot night out. On most women this length falls around the end of your fingertips. Shorter will look cheaper and longer will put you in no man’s land of “not quite right” hemlines.(See Line 7 of your Fashion Code for the exact location on you).

#3-  FOR THE LONGEST, LEANEST LOOK WEAR A LOW VAMP SHOE

What is a low vamp shoe? Any shoe that sits low on the front of your foot is a low vamp shoe. And the reason this shoe style gives you the longest leanest look is that your eye can travel further down the body unobstructed before stopping at the the shoe. Both Reese and Angelina know and employed this great secret to make their beautiful legs look even longer.

#4 – THE DESIGN DETAILS OF YOUR DRESS SHOULD ALWAYS BE IN PROPORTION TO YOUR BODY

With Reese, the bow design on her dress could have easily overwhelmed her small frame. However, this design is in perfect proportion to both her body and her dress. Knowing where a design element should be on your body is key to pulling off a stylized look like this one. From beads to bows to buttons the more proportionate the details of your dress are to you, the better you are going to look on your next big night out.

Remember to use your Fashion Code to make any dress shine- and soon you’ll be teaching the stars a thing or two about walking down the red carpet in style!

xox,

Ruth

2 replies
  1. Sonneteer
    Sonneteer says:

    I’ve always wondered why strapless dresses often don’t look quite right even on really beautiful women and you have solved that mystery.

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  2. Shaunna
    Shaunna says:

    I don’t like wearing strapless dresses because unless you have nice arms they can be really unflattering (and since I don’t get to the gym enough I stick to dresses with sleeves). But totally agreed on how when you wear them too low they make your chest look saggy.
    LOVE Reese’s strapless dress. She looks prettier every year.

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