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Styling a Strapless Dress for New Years

by Sara Cantu

Look and feel fabulous while ringing in the New Year in a chic and stylish strapless dress. Glitz and glamour dominate this time of year, so bring out the luxe accessories to transform a basic strapless dress into one appropriate for all types of fancy fetes. Whether it's a rooftop soiree or an evening at home with that someone special, pair a strapless dress with an array of add-ons to end the year with a bang.

Jazz Up With Jewels

New Year's Eve is all about the glitz. When wearing a strapless dress, enhance your decolletage by sticking to just one glamorous statement piece at a time. If the top half of your dress contains eye-catching details like ruffles or embellishments, allow them to shine by forgoing a necklace in lieu of earrings. Rock an extravagant chandelier style to dress up a solid-colored dress or top off a sparkling sequined number with a pair of dainty studs. An embellished collar necklace, a group of long chain necklaces or an embellished bobby pin or headband can do wonders to spruce up a basic strapless cocktail dress.

Awesome With Outerwear

New Year's Eve often is accompanied by chilly weather. Add a sequined jacket or beaded bolero to provide a simple strapless dress with instant oomph. Styles in silver or gold work well with most colors and mesh perfectly with the festivity surrounding this time of year. For an edgy look that's still dressy enough for the occasion, top off a strapless dress with a cropped leather jacket. You may also go the ultra glam route and use a fur stole or faux-fur vest or jacket to add serious luxe to your ensemble.

Fabulous Footwear

Neutral-hued, pointy-toed pumps perfectly tone down bold strapless dresses. Combine black opaque tights with black pumps to elongate the leg and flatter your figure when wearing a black or jewel-toned dress. Similarly, a pair of nude high heels or strappy sandals accomplishes this same effect when worn with bare legs. Opt for a flashy metallic shoe to add spice to plain silhouettes while dainty shoe styles work with embellished dresses. No matter the style, a coordinating shoe is imperative to pulling off a strapless dress for a New Year's celebration.

The Finishing Touch

For a full-on bombshell look that channels Old Hollywood glamour, pair long loose waves with a retro cat eye and a swipe of red lipstick. Gorgeous with anything from a sparkling gold number to a strapless red sheath, this look rings in the New Year with style. When wearing glamorous accessories like oversized earrings or a strand of pearls, opt for a high bun hairstyle or slightly tousled updo to draw attention to the neck and shoulders. A smokey eye paired with a glossy nude lip is another chic and sophisticated way to sport a killer beauty look for the occasion.

About the Author

Sara Cantu has been writing fashion and lifestyle articles since 2009. As a fashion stylist, writer and blogger, she has been published in “Lady Couture” magazine and “RGV” magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of Texas - Pan American.

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