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Strap Happy

October 28, 2016

The strappy back trend was all the rage this summer, with this delicate detail popping up on everything from sundresses to yoga tops. With fall in full swing, though, straps haven’t yet gone into hibernation; they’re moving to the fronts of tops and bralettes and even showing up on shoes. Here are 6 ways to put a fresh spin on the strappy trend this season.

SWEATER WEATHER

Strap-happy bralettes aren’t just for warm weather. Whether your favorite strappy-front bralette features a simple criss-cross front or an elaborate spider web of lacing, the best way to show it off during cooler weather is with a V-neck sweater, so just a bit of the detail peeks out. Or layer on a drapey, low-cut tank or tee with a leather or denim jacket.

WORK IT OUT

Sports tanks and yoga bras with strappy fronts are a super-cute way to take this trend to the gym. Layer on a sweatshirt with a wide neckline or let the straps show underneath a zip-up hoodie.

GO BOHO

In dark colors and sleek fabrics, strappy tops tend to skew toward the edgy side, but that’s not the only way to wear the trend. Look for criss-cross details on printed pieces and hippie-inspired blouses with a more free-spirited vibe, like this Eyeshadow Front Cross Straps Woven Tunic ($24.99).

KEEP IT SIMPLE

For an all-in-one-look without the fuss of layering, look for a tee, blouse or dress with built-in criss-cross detailing along the neckline, like the Criss-Cross Strappy Tee ($8.99) or Emerald Sundae Harness Front Criss Cross Ottoman Short Dress ($11).

FLIP IT AND REVERSE IT

To work this trend without buying something new, look in your closet for tops or dresses with a strappy back, and then try them on backwards. It sounds crazy, but it just might work! For example, wear the Trixxi Stripe Criss Cross Swing Dress ($14.99) turned around with the criss-cross detail in front!

TOE THE LINE

Shoes are getting in on the strappy trend, too. Try a pair of strappy heels or wedges for an upcoming formal event, like a school dance or wedding. For everyday, look for boots and booties with strappy cut-outs on the sides for a really fashion-forward look. If the temps aren’t too cool, pair them with bare legs, a flowy dress and a denim jacket. If you’re already feeling the chill, then layer them over bright socks or tights so the color shows through

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