Dress Straps & Bodices for All Shapes

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Dress Straps & Bodices for All Shapes
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You probably know that your body type -- whether you're short and curvy, tall and slim, or anything in between -- determines what type of clothes you should wear. But did you know that your shape has an influence even over which style of dress bodices and straps will make you look your best? Take a cue from some of today's hottest stars to find the perfect look for your figure.

Scoop Neck
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Scoop Neck

This sophisticated, feminine cut is the perfect choice for busty and curvy women who want to show off their assets without going over the top. The scoop neck -- seen here on "Modern Family" star Sofia Vergara at the 2011 Golden Globes -- lets you show a bit of cleavage without trying too hard. Just make sure the bodice isn't too tight-fitting.

V-Strap
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V-Strap

The V-strap dress is also a great choice for you if you have a full chest, as it gives you a chance to show off your beautiful collarbones without spilling out of your top. The V-shaped straps -- as seen here on actress Queen Latifah's gown at the 2009 People's Choice Awards -- provides support without covering too much skin and making you look matronly.

Sweetheart
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Sweetheart

For the ladies who aren't as blessed in the chest, a sweetheart neckline (which dips slightly at the center of the bust) is a fabulous way to add a little sex appeal. Since you don't need as much support, you can experiment with strapless dresses that show a little more skin and create the illusion of killer curves.

V-Neck
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V-Neck

A tasteful V-neck is another perfect pick for the voluptuous woman. This neckline -- as seen here on actress Scarlett Johansson at the 2011 Golden Globes -- accentuates your chest without drawing too much unwanted attention to it. Scarlett's soft, feminine and elegant sleeves give the dress a mature look, so it's a flawless go-to pick for more formal events.

One Strap
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One Strap

Though the one-shoulder dress is nothing new, it's a trend that's still going full-throttle both on and off the red carpet. This cut -- shown here on actress Katherine Heigl at the 2009 Academy Awards -- is subtly sexy, showing off skin in small doses. You can wear it simply (as Katherine does) or dressed up with ruffles or lace. This type of strap works on most body types as it offers full support and coverage.

Halter
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Halter

Actress Jessica Biel -- seen here at the 2010 Met Costume Institute Gala -- has broad, beautiful shoulders that are one of her best features. What better way to show off those shoulders than with a skin-baring halter top? If you're pear-shaped, which means your hips are wider than your bust, a dress that accentuates your upper half (like the halter dress) can make you appear more proportionate.

Corset
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Corset

For ladies looking to add a little va-va-voom to their ensembles, the corset bodice is the way to go. This super-sexy, tight-fitting top works best on petite women like actress and singer Miley Cyrus -- pictured here at the 2010 Oscars -- who want to give their look an extra boost and a big dose of sex appeal. Unless the event is informal, this bodice isn't recommended for women who are more endowed, as the tightness of the bustier will result in over-the-top cleavage.

Deep V
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Deep V

The deep, plunging V-neck creates a head-turning look and is only meant for those women who love to be in the spotlight. This seductive look is excellent for women who aren't too full-chested, as the loose-fitting fabric and super-low cut don't provide a lot of support. The cut also looks wonderful on tall and thin women, like actress Charlize Theron (shown here at the 2012 Golden Globes), as it shows off their elongated torsos.

Embellished
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Embellished

Although an embellished bodice looks better on smaller-busted women -- as it draws attention to the bust and helps to create the illusion of curves -- it still looks amazing on women who are known for their beautiful curves, like Salma Hayek, shown here at the 2012 Golden Globes. For the best results, make sure the bodice is fitted nicely to your body to give yourself an extra boost of cleavage.

Invisible
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Invisible

Whether it's on the back, waist or neckline, illusion netting has become one of the it trends for the ladies of Hollywood. When used as invisible straps for a gown -- especially a gown as low-cut as the one seen here on actress Shailene Woodley at the 2012 Golden Globes -- the netting works best for women with a small bust. If you're fuller chested and want to rock the look, pick something with a higher neckline to avoid looking like you're spilling out of the gown.

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