30 Hairstyles for a Strapless Wedding Dress

The options are endless—and gorgeous.


Photo by Kelly Giarrocco

When it comes to certain types of wedding dresses, it can be difficult to find the perfect hairstyle that complements each style. But that can't be said for strapless dresses. Since these gowns really show off your collarbone and shoulders, they work with almost any type of hairstyle, whether that's an elegant updo, a chic ponytail, or long and loose waves.

If you really want all eyes on your dress, choose a hairstyle that gets your strands off your shoulders. Not only is this timeless and elegant, but it's also comfortable and easy. If you don't mind leaving your hair down, opt for glamorous waves or curls, or do something more low-maintenance and simple. While all of these looks are different, they're all sure to make an impact.

Read on for 30 different ways to wear your hair with a strapless dress.

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Choose a Matching Hair Accessory

bride and groom

Photo by Sidney Bensimon

Choose a hair accessory that matches elements of your gown for a streamlined look that also feels unique. This bride opted for a chic low bun and made it more interesting using the same ostrich feather material found on her dress.

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Keep Your Hair Long and Sleek

strapless dress on bride

Photo by Dana Fernandez

With a beautiful strapless dress, you really don't need to do much to your hair. If you have long hair like this bride, blow it out into a sleek, bouncy style, then leave it down for the night.

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Slick Hair Back Into a Tight Bun

bride holding large bouquet

Photo by Kurt Boomer

Really show off the neckline of your gown with a tighter bun. We love how pretty this style looks with a long veil. It's also especially great if you're getting married on a warm day!

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Pair Your Bun With a Birdcage Veil

bride holding a bouquet

Photo by Chi-Chi Ari Love

For a vintage feel, add a birdcage veil to your hairstyle. This type of veil looks perfect with a chignon for a more romantic vibe. You can also add some flowers like this bride did.

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Try a Chignon With Some Front Tendrils

 bride looking out window

Photo by Anna Jones Photography

A chignon is a beautiful style with a strapless dress. If you don't want it to look too pulled back or severe, pull some curly tendrils out and allow them to frame your face. We love this style for a beach wedding.

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A Voluminous Ponytail Helps Show Off Your Veil

bride with ponytail and veil

Photo by Kelly Giarrocco

Brides with long hair should consider a voluminous ponytail—the bigger, the better! For this elegant wedding, the bride pulled her natural hair into a ponytail, teased it, and added a beautiful headband birdcage veil.

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Opt for a Braided Chignon

bride and groom kissing

Photo by Harwell Photography

For brides with very long hair, a soft braided chignon is so romantic and keeps all of your hair off of your shoulders and back. Keep the updo loose with a voluminous dress.

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Put Soft Curls Into a Half-Up, Half-Down Look

bride sitting down with bouquet

Photo by Imogen Xiana

With this hairstyle, you don't have to commit to putting your hair up or leaving it down—you do have both! Curl your hair, gently brush out the curls, and twist into a loose half-up, half-down style that feels casual but elegant.

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A Deep Side Part and Floral Clip Is a Perfect Match

bride in strapless gown with flowers

Photo by Clean Plate Pictures

For brides with a shorter bob, this hairstyle is a great option: do a deep side part for plenty of volume, then add a pretty floral hair clip right at the part. We especially love how this bride had a white floral-inspired piece in her hair but carried a bouquet of only greenery.

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Go for a Voluminous Low Bun

bride and groom smiling at each other

Photo by Heather Jowett

To create the look of this voluminous low bun, curl your hair first, then tease it to give it more oomph. Twist and braid it into a loose low bun to show off your gown and jewelry.

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A Smooth Blowout

photo of a bride

Photo by Jen Ocken Photography

For something simple and versatile, blow your hair out smooth and add some loose curls. Loosely pull back a portion of the top, leaving some pieces out to frame the face. Later on, this bride pulled her hair back into a ponytail.

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Sweep Long Hair All to One Side

bride with flower girls

Photo by Ashlyn Cathey Photography

For an elegant and glamorous Old Hollywood vibe, curl long hair and then add a deep side part. Sweep all of your hair to one side, like this bride did. You can add a clip on the side as well, if you want.

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Score With a High Bun

bride and groom kissing in rain

Photo by Kelsey Combe

Keep your hair out of the way for the night by twisting it into a high bun. You can make it look more chic by keeping the sides super sleek and tight with no flyaways.

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A Sleek Part Makes Loose Curls Look Elegant

bride and mother of the bride

Photo by Alixann Loosle

If you want to keep your long hair down and curled without risking beach waves, try a middle part and tighter barrel curls. This bride had the front of her hair flattened down a bit behind her ears, resulting in a sleek look that seems more put together than just loose curls.

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A Low Ponytail Is Cool and Simple

bride and groom kissing

Photo by Kent Drake

Instead of a bun updo, go for a ponytail—it's a little different and so versatile. This bride added some volume in the front, and curled her hair before pulling it back.

Make a ponytail look less casual and sporty by having your hairstylist wrap hair around the hair band.

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Pile Curly Hair Into an Updo

bride and groom

Photo by Kristen Curette

Naturally curly hair looks so pretty when pulled up into a loose updo off the neck. Pull some tendrils out for a more boho vibe, and clip your veil into the back like this bride did.

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Use a Beaded Clip

bride under umbrella

Photo by KT Merry

Take a cue from this bride and use a large bedazzled clip to pull back one side of your hair. This gives off kind of a vintage feel and it's a nice way to add some sparkle.

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Add An Intricate Hair Clip

bride and groom looking at each other

Photo by Laura Gordon

Instead of just a chignon or low bun, add a pretty hair accessory. This bride chose a detailed pin that resembles flowers. It's such a beautiful way to make your hair stand out.

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Stick With a Loose Bun

bride and groom smiling

Photo by Lauren O'Brien

A low, loose, voluminous bun can be so pretty with this neckline. Adding hair accessories is always a nice touch, but if you want to keep your hair simple, this is the way to go.

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Leave Short Hair As Is

bride with short hair

Photo by Jessica Brees

Sure, short hair makes an updo impossible, but you don't need one. Take a cue from this look and leave your hair alone. It looks gorgeous and simple, and keeps all eyes on your dress.

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Stay Shiny and Straight

bride sitting down

Photo by Lindsey Shorter

For this wedding that had an Old Hollywood vibe, the bride opted to keep her long hair shiny and straight. She slicked back just the front behind her ears and added some volume at the crown. We love how elegant this looks with a strapless gown.

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Rock Bold Accessories

bride standing with bouquet

Photo by Lisa Poggi

If you're adding stand-out accessories, like a choker or statement earrings, you'll want to keep your hair simple. A low chignon, like what this bride opted for, is perfectly understated.

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Go for Big Waves

bride and groom walking

Photo by Paris Tew

Go for glamour by curling long hair, then brushing it out into big, loose waves and curls. You can slick back just the front pieces and add tons of volume at the top for even more impact.

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Soft Beach Waves Are Perfectly Low-Key

bride smiling

Photo by Rach Loves Troy

For a look that manages to be both glamorous and low-maintenance at the same time, go for soft beach waves. This classic style looks especially great with a lace gown and would be ideal for a beach setting.

If you want beach waves, make sure your hairstylist adds lots of hairspray and shine spray. This look can easily get a little bit frizzy (although that's not always a bad thing!).

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A Loose Chignon Is Very Romantic

bride in blush gown

Photo by Jen Huang

A chignon is a classic hairstyle with a strapless gown, but to make it look less tight and severe, loosen it all around the edges. For this dreamy destination wedding in Lake Como, the bride opted for a loose chignon that had a bit of volume and some perfect flyaways.

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Sleek Waves Look Sophisticated

Bride walking down stairs

Photo by Roey Yohai

Want something slightly more elevated than beach waves? Keep your hair sleek and add some loose curls. A subtle side part adds a little bit of volume.

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Keep It Simple

bride in red dress

Photo by Samm Blake

For this colorful wedding, the bride opted for a non-traditional red ballgown. If you're going bold like this, keep your hair simple so all eyes are on the dress. A wavy bob is the perfect look!

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Embrace Long Hair With Loose Waves

bride in strapless gown

Photo by Tamara Gruner Photography 

Instead of trying to pull her very long hair into an updo, this bride embraced the length—and we love the result. She went for a side part with very loose waves that looked soft and romantic.

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Show Off a Necklace With a Sleek Bun

bride smiling

Photo by Sylvie Gil

You can really put your jewelry and your neckline on display with your hair in a bun. Pulling all of your hair back into a low chignon is chic and timeless, and you can keep hair slick instead of leaving loose pieces out.

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Add a Pretty Clip to Short Hair

smiling bride in strapless gown

Photo by Picture Me & U

This bride opted to embrace her super short cut and pretty much left her hair alone. We love that she added a glittering floral-inspired hair clip to complement her dress.

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