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Strapless dresses can go from the beach to the ballroom, depending on the style. Pairing a cardigan with your dress can provide warmth on cool mornings and evenings or simply allow you to cover up your arms and shoulders for a bit more modesty. You can even use a cardigan to dress up a simple strapless dress or dress one down for daytime duty.
Dress down a strapless dress with a loose, soft jersey or lightweight knit cardigan. You can opt for a long, straight boyfriend-style cardigan worn open, or a flyaway style with a curved hemline. Opt for a simple cardigan if your dress has a print or other details, or choose an embellished one with chiffon or ruffle accents for a simpler dress. Pair these cardigans with soft, strapless maxi-dresses or a casual denim or twill strapless dress.
Every girl should own a few basic, fitted cardigans with a round or V-neckline. You can opt for luxe cashmere, affordable acrylic or practical cotton. Pair these simple sweaters with nearly any strapless dress, depending on the fabric. Try pairing an everyday cotton cardigan with a short, A-line strapless dress or taking your work-ready cashmere out on the town with a satin strapless cocktail dress.
Short, cropped cardigans or shrunken styles can cover your shoulders without covering up your dress. You can opt for a bolero or shrug-style cardigan over your strapless dress. Soft knits or lace keep this look light and fresh, or you can channel Kate Middleton with a fuzzy mohair cardigan. If you are busty, make sure your cropped cardigan fits your bust well and doesn't stop before your breasts do.
Dress It Up
A delicate, embellished cardigan is the ideal accent to a cocktail dress or a simply styled formal strapless gown. Choose a cardigan with beading, sequins or other details to make your look shine. You can also take advantage of a dressy cardigan to upscale a basic wool strapless dress and make it holiday-party ready.