Post # 1
I was wondering what alterations can be made to s a dress to help “break up” your shoulders. For reference, this is the dress I have, but it, ahem, doesn’t really look as good on me as it does the model
I feel like it makes me (5’2″ and 135 lbs) look dumpier and shorter than I already am, especially through my shoulders and torso. Do you think straps would help or could it be made into a halter? I only have 2 months left until my wedding so I don’t think buying another dress would be an option. Thanks.
Post # 3
I actually think that straps would have the opposite effect, but I would have to see the options on you. I’m 5’1 and 120 pounds and have pretty big shoulders, and originally thought that I wanted straps (but those were not working for me).
Post # 4
can you sweetheart it more? i had to do that to my dress – it had a slight dip like yours but i wanted it more round. i think the sweetheart neckline draws people to it and give you more of a girly figure – just my two cents though 🙂 im 5’2 about 120. and my dress was the same shape.
Post # 5
I think your dress is very pretty and classic! Maybe deepen the sweetheart neckline to draw more attention to that area? Are you planning on wearing a necklace? I have always heard strapless is more flattering on broad shoulders than straps. Can we see a pic of you in the dress? I also think wearing your hair up will make you look more long and lean.
Post # 6
I have a pic of it on me from when we picked it up but it’s not on my computer. I will try to get it up. Everyone always tells me how little I am, but I just seem to look a lot heavier in this dress than I really am. I originally wanted something with more of a sweetheart neckline, but couldn’t find one in my size. Really, I’d love to find something else, but I doubt I really have time/money. Plus, my mom loves this dress and that would break her heart. So, I’m trying to find a compromise with this dress.
Post # 7
@totheislnds: do you have a pic of your dress I could see? Thanks
Post # 8
I thought the same thing about my dress (making my shoulders/arms look broader than they are). I ended up wearing a lace bolero over my sweetheart/strapless neckline and loved the way it looked. Maybe if you can’t/don’t want to add straps you could look into a little jacket of some sort.
Post # 9
Can you deepen the sweetheart neckline?
I am about your ht/wt and ALL shoulders and arms (I have to buy blazers 2 sizes too big and tailor down or my shoulders don’t fit!) – so I was pretty tuned into that when looking at dresses. Sweetheart necklines were KEY. Anything straight across really cuts me off and makes me look boxy, whereas a curvier dip really flattered me. The same thing with the back – your dress has a back that I think would be pretty flattering if you’re built anything like I am.
Your seamstress should be able to deepen the dip in that neckline, though, and I think it would do wonders. 🙂
Post # 10
Good news! I tried my dress on again last night and apparently my semi-regular working out has helped! Everything looked a lot better than it did in the pix my mom took (granted, she’s not a photographer) and I think I’ve made my peace with it. Still gonna be doing a lot of push-ups in the next few months though!
Anyway, thanks for all the advice and support. 🙂