I love the look of strapless dresses, but I hate being worried about a wardrobe malfunction.  Here are a few easy ways to add straps to strapless tops and dresses.

Strapless dress with matching straps

Strapless dress with matching straps

Strapless top with matching straps

Strapless top with matching straps

This dress and top actually came with their own matching straps!  Admittedly, that one one of the key selling points for both.  Attach the straps by inserting the hook through the attached loop – Easy!

The adjustable dress straps are even long enough to cross in the back.Strap_Top back

Most tops and dresses do not come with matching straps.  There are many straps available for purchase, or you can make your own.  These can be sewn into the lining for a secure solution, or add loops for a variety of options and styles.

Adding strap loops

Adding strap loops

Cut 2 inches of sturdy fabric for each strap loop.  Red ribbon shown for illustration only.  I used matching black bias tape for these black tops.  Bias tape and strap fabric can be purchased at any craft or fabric store.

While wearing the dress or top, use a straight pin to position the loops.  The loops should be below the edge so that the hooks do not show when attached.

Black bias tape for loops

Black bias tape for loops

Sew the loops securely into the lining.

Do not sew the thread through the front of the garment to prevent the stitches from showing.

You may want to practice on similar sample fabric before sewing the real item.

Sew 2 loops in front for halter style straps, or 2 in front and 2 in back for cross back or straight back straps.  The straps can be used again for several different outfits by using the loops.

Strap_Halter

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