Spaghetti strap dresses that are true wardrobe staples.

Spaghetti Strap Dress

The spaghetti strap in general might very well have been a mainstay of the ‘90s and early-aughts, but the spaghetti strap dress never went away. And for good reason.

No little black dress is quite the same without the tubular strings; they offer the perfect balance to otherwise structured corset tops; and the pasta-inspired style choice is elegant and understated, while still supportive for those who don’t seek a strapless silhouette.

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The barely-there strappy dress is certainly experiencing a resurgence this year, but it never really went away.

Sure, the look might at first conjure up images of Rachel Green from Friends, but once it was introduced to your wardrobe, it became a true wardrobe staple that you could keep and style forever.

Only the cool kids get inducted into the “essentials” category and, for that, a spaghetti strap dress is quite special. 

Whether you shop for a little black dress à la on-screen Green, or you go for a slightly bolder and more voluminous silhouette, balanced out by the razor’s edge straps that sit flat against your shoulders, shop around for a spaghetti strap dress this season and beyond.

Trust us: you won’t regret it.


Best White Spaghetti Strap Dress


La Ligne Shirred Cotton and Silk-Blend Seersucker Midi Dress

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You’ll love this little white spaghetti strap dress for it’s subtle pattern. With a seersucker material, you’ll have a whiff of a striped vibe while still remaining a clean palette.

Best Blue Spaghetti Strap Dress


Zimmermann Jeannie Terry Midi Dress

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Not only were spaghetti straps a huge trend of the early-aughts, but so was colorful terry cloth whether or not you were anywhere near the beach.

Jump on both trends with this simple tie-front spaghetti strap midi dress from Zimmermann.

Best Cotton Spaghetti Strap Dress


Lee Mathews Casey Cotton Maxi Dress

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For a subtle pop of color, shop this pale pink spaghetti strap dress with a wide stripe of orange at the hem.

Made of 100% cotton, the dress holds its shape from morning, noon, and night with ease, taking you from your morning coffee run to drinks with friends and everything in between. 

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Best Black Spaghetti Strap Dress


Rhode Cotton-Blend Midi Dress

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For a little bit of added texture, shop this eyelet spaghetti strap midi dress with an empire waist and (you guessed it!) barely-there spaghetti straps.

Best Casual Spaghetti Strap Dress


Sunday Best Hayes Spaghetti Strap Dress

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A go-to white mini dress is a true summer essential. While you can surely wear it solo with a pair of slide sandals, you can certainly layer like a pro, piling on a denim or leather jacket for some edge or an open cardigan for a preppier look.

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Best Spaghetti Strap Midi Dress


Cara Cara Maidstone Tie-Detailed Printed Cotton-Voile Midi Dress

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Enjoy a whimsical print with a picnic-inspired gingham midi dress covered in roses. The spaghetti strap dress serves up a little bit of extra detail with a ruched front that’s almost ballerina-esque.

Best Spaghetti Strap Maxi Dress


J.Crew Gwyneth Cupro Slip Dress

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The ‘90s are alive and well in spaghetti straps and slip dresses alike.

The simple boudoir-inspired throw-on-and-go is effortlessly styled with everything from sneakers to sky high heels, so try your hand at both trends with this sweet floral printed J.Crew dress for summer and beyond.

Best Spaghetti Strap Mini Dress


Zara Linen Blend Mini Dress

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You’ll love this spaghetti strap dress for its structured feel without, well, actually being structured.

With seams like a bustier top, it’s an easeful linen dress that will keep you cool on the hottest days of summer and well into the fall (with a layer on top!) 

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Best Red Spaghetti Strap Dress


& Other Stories Fitted O-Ring Mini Dress

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Go mod with a spaghetti strap dress in bright red that boasts midsection cutouts with round discs in between top and bottom (another huge trend of the season, by the way!)

Best Pink Spaghetti Strap Dress


Frame Open-Back Ruched Cotton-Blend Mini Dress

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When one spaghetti strap isn’t enough, but you still want that barely-there look, go full-blown ‘00s with a hot pink mini dress with a crisscross back.

Best Short Spaghetti Strap Dress


Oscar de la Renta Printed Cotton-Blend Minidress

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For a whimsical summertime look, shop this spaghetti strap dress with a front tie and allover banana print. With little more than a pair of sandals and classic gold jewelry, you’re good to go with this eye-catching look.

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Best Flowy Spaghetti Strap Dress


Agua by Agua Bendita Acacia Printed Midi Spaghetti Strap Dress

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For a full-blown bustier effect, shop Agua by Agua Bendita. This structured top, midi silhouette, and crisp cotton floral motif will have you channeling Grace Kelly at your next poolside cocktail party.

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Best Spaghetti Strap Black Dress


Miu Miu Crystal-Embellished Cady Mini Dress with Bow

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For a black tie splurge, few do embellished mini dresses quite like Miu Miu.

Indulge in a little black spaghetti strap dress with a borrowed-from-the-boys satin bow and allover crystal embellishment that will sparkle as you dance into the wee hours of the morning.  

Best Spaghetti Strap Satin Dress


Et Ochs Genesis Cutout Satin-Jersey Gown

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For a sultry look, shop a gown of which your favorite it girls of the early-aughts would certainly approve. What’s more, the totally cut out sides and back is another huge trend au moment.

Pro Tip


When it comes to styling your spaghetti strap dresses, lean into the ‘90s and ‘00s vibe or the silhouette, be it slipping into Converse sneakers by day or strappy square-toe heels by night. 

If you are looking for a simple dress silhouette that looks nearly as though it’s floating on your frame, a spaghetti strap dress is the way to go. Mini, midi, or maxi; for day or for night; it’s a ‘90s and early-aughts trend that will surely stand the test of time.


What to wear over spaghetti strap dress?

There are plenty of options if you still want a strappy look without showing too much skin. You can’t go wrong with adding a classic t-shirt or turtleneck underneath for a 90s look.

If you’re looking for a more contemporary option, try layering with a cardigan on top. Opt for a more polished look by adding a blazer to just the dress or with another layer underneath.

Is it unprofessional to wear spaghetti straps?

This is a tricky one that’s been on the hot seat, especially in recent years. It largely depends on your workplace culture and dress code. If you’re working at the coolest startup, you can likely make it work.

But, even in the hottest temps, in more formal and traditional workplaces, spaghetti straps alone are viewed as unprofessional. That doesn’t mean you can’t wear them, we’ve got you covered above!

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What does a spaghetti strap dress mean?

Spaghetti dresses are known for their thin, minimalistic straps, leaving the shoulders nearly bare. And very appropriately named due to their resemblance to our favorite thin pasta noodles.

While these straps are delicate, they provide enough support to hold up your favorite spaghetti strap dress.

What do you wear with a spaghetti strap dress?

That’s the beauty of a spaghetti strap dress, you can wear them in virtually any way. Slip one on and throw on your favorite shoes–from block heeled sandals to Dr. Martens–and run out the door for an effortlessly put-together look.

Or channel the perfect summer look, by adding a straw beach bag and a hat. Check out our tips to make a strappy look more modest for more styling ideas!

Do you wear a bra with a strappy dress?

You can definitely go can sans bra, but if you’re looking for extra support or to show off your style, try a statement bralette or bustier. A strapless bra is perfect for those who don’t want to skip a bra entirely but aren’t keen on their straps showing.

Need a strapless bra that you won’t have to hike up all day, we’ve already rounded up the best strapless bra options for you!

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