The sweltering and sticky heat that occurs at this time of year can make dressing for evening an unpleasant task. So what's a style-minded girl to do? Cue this season's strapless trend: an easy and stylish solution to those hotter-than-hot summer nights! This practical and carefree silhouette is your best bet when it comes to assembling an outfit that is comfortable, uncomplicated, and chic all at the same time. Already a look beloved by the likes of Taylor Tomasi Hill and Zoe Kravitz, strapless tops and dresses are a foolproof choice for both casual weekend outings and dressed-up soirees. Just be sure to jot down some key style notes from today's How They Wear story to ensure your strapless ensemble makes a memorable statement too!
Photographed arriving at the Chanel "The Little Black Jacket" exhibition in New York last month, Kravitz wore a black leather strapless top and white tweed skirt from the Chanel S/S 12 collection. The edgy top acts as the perfect contrast to the skirt's prim, ladylike look, resulting in an uptown-meets-downtown outcome ideal for an after-hours event.
Get The Look: Susana Monaco Tube Top ($71); Plein Sud Bustier Tube Top ($1157.50); J. Crew Pencil Skirt in Hologram Tweed ($395).
The stylish singer turned up at Roc Nation's pre-Grammy brunch in Los Angeles earlier this year wearing a Bottega Veneta bustier top and wide-leg trousers from the brand's Resort 12 collection. The juxtaposition of the corseted top and languid pants makes this a chic and comfortable combination you can wear to cocktails with friends.
Get The Look: What Goes Around Comes Around Snake-Print Jumpsuit ($405); Bottega Veneta Cotton and Linen-Blend Corset Top ($368); Club Monaco Lesley Wide Leg Pants ($149.50).
Taylor Tomasi Hill
Moda Operandi's Artistic Director assembled a flashbulb-worthy ensemble at the CFDA Awards last month, courtesy of Josh Goot's New Cocktail Corset Top ($900, 212.524.9770) in Flower Bomb Black, an Altuzarra skirt, and fringe sandals. An oversized motif and of-the-moment peplum silhouette make this strapless top event-appropriate, while black accents keep the entire outfit feeling sleek.
Get The Look: Waverly Grey's Dusk Leaves Corset Top ($40); Modcloth's Tra La La Bustier Top ($65); DKNY Pencil Skirt ($79); Emilio Pucci Wool & Silk Pencil Skirt ($795)
During London Fashion Week back in February, the British tastemaker dressed to the nines for the Stella McCartney presentation in a black strapless satin gown by said designer. A floor-grazing silhouette and minimalist cut, along with Chung's decision to opt out of any jewelry or accessories, lend the dress its dramatic and elegant look.
Get The Look: Lupita Strapless Double Layered Dress ($156); Wilt Strapless Maxi Dress ($167); A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz Side-Pleated Strapless Evening Gown ($270).
Lauren Santo Domingo
The Moda Operandi co-founder looked ravishing at the Runway to Win event during New York Fashion Week a few months ago, where she wore Proenza Schouler's Croc Strapless Dress with Belt ($4435). Paired with ankle-strap heels and Proenza Schouler's PS1 Pochette Leather Clutch ($895), the dress' luxe reptilian bodice and green skirt is both sophisticated and playful, making the outfit a pitch-perfect choice for a fashionable fete under the stars.
Get The Look: Reverse Aztec Bustier Dress ($75); Alice + Olivia Elena Strapless Dress ($396); Mango Touch Twin Ankle Strap Pumps ($130).
Tibi Look 15 from S/S 12 collection
Thanks to the addition of the bright yellow Silk Linen Blazer (price upon request, 212.226.5852)--draped nonchalantly on the shoulders--and the Stella Heels($375), Tibi's Matte Jersey Strapless Dress ($420, 212.226.5852) easily transitions from resort getaway to office chic.
Get The Look: Tinley Road Bleecker Blazer ($79) in Canary Yellow; Rag & Bone Silver Tuxedo Blazer ($345); Gap Pintucked Strapless Dress ($60); BB Dakota Gisela Strapless Dress ($85).--Jessica Baker