Post # 1
Hi! I’m Beth, freshly engaged to the man of my dreams!
I fell in love with a button back, corded lace Justin Alexander gown. My stress is that, even though I LOVE LOVE LOVE the buttons, will a corset back be better for me?
I’m still a student, and I’m not a bigger girl or a smaller girl. I’m pretty much right in the middle. I’m rather short, kind of busty, and my weight constantly fluctuates. I know replacing the buttons with a corset is not impossible, or difficult…
I’m just so confused. 🙁 Maybe I just need someone to tell me bluntly.
Here is the gown:
Post # 3
pic of the dress for reference
Post # 4
@abethcantu: A good friend of my recently went on and on about the benefits of a corset back dress…mostly that it doesn’t matter if your weight fluctutes a bit up or down before the wedding. I think if you already know you fluctuate, go with a corset back. I’m not sure on the cost of this particular alteration; however, it sounds like it may be the best decision for you.
Post # 5
My dress is currently a button down, but I will be changing it to a corset. I would much rather have the ability to tighten/loosen it once it’s altered… never know when you may gain/lose weight when wedding planning.
But that’s just me! I’m a larger girl and I think it’ll help hold me in a bit as well.
If you love the buttons, I would stick with those then!
Post # 6
@abethcantu: I personally prefer buttons to a corset back. I think the look is cleaner and more elegant. Your dress already has a lot of beautiful details and texture (stunning, all-over lace; beautiful, sewn-in sash and flower at the waist.) Because of this, I think the added lines and texture of a corset back and tie would not be as elegant as the existing elements.
Post # 7
@Brielle: +1 Yup, all this. I think buttons down the back are SO much more elegant than a corset back.
I know you say your weight will fluctuate, but if you get your final fitting done a couple of weeks before the wedding, surely you can keep your weight fairly stable for that short period?
Post # 8
I dream about a button back dress … i am a medium sized girl with larger breasts and tried on soo many button/zip up dresses that i loved as that is the look i wanted … then i put on a corset back !!!!! I just felt so “in” and secure, and the fast that it made my waist ridiculously small was also a bonus i couldnt NOT get it after feeling the difference.
But look wise i still dream about buttons haha …
Post # 9
@SophieB3: I can do the alterations myself. The only costs are the supplies:) thanks For the tips. 🙂
Post # 10
@peonyinparis: I hope so! Great suggestion!
Post # 11
@phuketbride2014: I feel you girl. Booby probs. lol.
My debutante ball gown had a corset back, but I never really felt “secure” or “cinched in.” I’m not sure if I just felt that way because my mom picked out the gown and I didn’t care for it, or because I wasn’t strung properly. Hmmm…
thank you for all the suggestions. Maybe I should try some of similar styles with the zipper and corset back to compare the experience of wearing different style backs.
Post # 12
Did u try the dress on? I have a button up ball gown and it is very structured, slimming, and secure like a corset. I actually think that the corset would be less support because the ties loosen with movement so u have to re – tighten it a few times throughout the night.
Post # 13
@SophieB3: I had buttons…but now that I think about it, I dont know if there is actually a picture of them. I’m going to have to go back and look to see if it really mattered.
ETA: Yeah, you can totally see the back in some of my photos. Its the most obv in the first dance photos and getting ready photos. I would get the buttons and then have your final fitting the week before your wedding so you know it fits you correctly and you dont have back fat. Mine was a little too tight so I had just a tad of back fat in a few pictures…but thats nothing that photoshop cant fix.
Post # 14
@abethcantu: I’m in exactly the same boat as you… gorgeous button back dress and fluctuating weight! I’m actually having the zipper changed to a hidden corset, so I’ll have the flexibility and support of a corset dress but I still get to keep my lovely buttons! It might be a good option for you too?
Post # 15
My dress was a JA 8630 with buttons over a zip. Personally I’m not a fan of corsets and didn’t even try any on. I’m average high with bigger than average bust and was so secure in my dress that I didn’t even need a bra. Mine had an illusion neckline though so maybe that was what made the difference.
Post # 16
I have HUGE boobs and fluctuating weight. I ALWAYS wore corset back dresses for bridal fashion shows. I will be going with a corset back for my wedding for SURE.