Does Long or Short Hair Look Better With a Strapless Dress?

Actress Sophia Bush compliments a long strapless dress with long wavy locks at the VH1 Do Something Awards.

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When contemplating what hair length looks best with a strapless dress, it's more important to consider how you feel about your upper torso. Truth be told, both long and short hair look totally fab with a strapless dress-- from pixie cuts and chin-length bobs to long, shaggy 'dos or super-curly locks. But since strapless frocks show off a lot of shoulder, back and even sometimes cleavage, you want to make sure your body, hairstyle and dress all balance each other out.

Short Hair Pros and Cons

Short hair plus a strapless dress is definitely not a combo for the shy and retired. This pairing leaves little to hide when it comes to the shoulder, neck and upper back area of your body. If you're sensitive about any of these exposed areas, this isn't the right match for you. This look is great for elongating short necks and balancing out slim or rounded shoulders. Babes with broad shoulders or big boobs might want to avoid this combo or make sure their strapless dress boasts a full skirt to balance out being top-heavy.

Long Hair Pros and Cons

Long hair can look super sexy with a strapless dress. It's great for gals who want to break up broad shoulders or lessen the effect of a big bosom. Long hair with a strapless dress is also fab for ladies who feel self-conscious about their long necks. To avoid looking boxy, make sure that long hair hits above or below the dress's neck line. Those ladies who have short necks may want to avoid rocking super-long locks and instead elongate their necks by wearing hair in up 'dos.

Style Suggestions

Not every 'do is right for every style of strapless frock. For slinky strapless mini or knee-length dresses, try a sleek chin-length bob or long wavy locks swept to one side. Match a flirty cotton summer dress with a cute pixie 'do or long straight locks held back with a headband. Compliment a strapless maxi dress's bohemian vibe with a short tousled shag or long, loose wavy locks.

Accessory Alternatives

Compliment a strapless dress, or cover areas you feel self-conscious about, with a great accessory. Long dangle earrings look fab with a strapless dress as do a great chunky necklace or a wrist full of bangles. Don't wear all three at once; you'll overwhelm the outfit. Instead, try rocking just one of these suggestions at a time. Pairing your dress with a shawl or cardigan is great for gals who aren't quite comfortable with showing off shoulders and arms. In this scenario, go for a stud earring, a dainty pair of hoops or a demure pendant necklace.

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