Post # 1
I tried on Legends by Romona Keveza L262 recently and fell in love.
I loved the silhouette, the ruching, and the draping on the back. But, remembering the advice of some wise Bees, I tried raising my arms as if I were dancing with my FI- no go. The bodice of the dress fit me very well and the straps were even a little loose on me, and yet the straps were still too restrictive.
The store has advised me that the L371 is basically the same dress but strapless.
Trying on the L371 would involve some effort (paying for the store the borrow the dress, traveling out of state to return to the store). For that and some other reasons, I want to either be fairly sure that this dress is it or not pursue it further. Has anyone tried on either or both dresses? Thoughts?
I also wonder whether part of what I loved about the L262 was the neckline from the off the shoulder straps. I could potentially approximate the look with a bolero that creates a similar neckline or detachable off the shoulder straps. Has anyone seen anything like either? Detachable straps seem a bit tricky, since they would need some stiffness to them in order to stay up.
Post # 3
You’re not going to be raising your arms above your head in a well-fitting strapless gown either, unless you want your boobs out. Minimize the bhangra or raising the roof and you can still dance the night away!
In effect, the first one with the off the shoulder straps is just fabulously timeless and classy. It’s also elongating on the body.
Post # 4
They may be the same dress, but they sure look different to me. I love the first one. The second one just looks like any other generic strapless dress :-/ I think I’d sacrifice and choose #1.
Post # 5
I think that the first one is far classier than the second. Would it be possible for them to alter the dress to be tip of the shoulder instead of off the shoulder to increase your range of motion?
Post # 6
@drlolaz: Ha, no, I wouldn’t mind not being able to raise the roof, but with the straps I couldn’t raise my arms high enough to reach FI’s shoulder unless I did it prayng mantis-style. We’re planning on showing off the fruits of our dance lessons, so I would like to be able to hold my arms properly.
@Eckle: I was trying on a sample at a store that sells samples and consignment. I’m not a seamstress, but the way that the bodice and straps were constructed, I couldn’t see how the angle of the straps on the dress could be altered. I could see if the designer would be willing to make the change if I ordered the dress new….
Post # 7
Just a crazy idea, but maybe you could have an elastic section put into the straps in the back where they connect with the bodice? I bet a good seamstress could do it invisibly. Especially if you order it big so the straps are long and then you could hide the elastic in the bodice. If it was the same color and width of the straps, I bet no one would notice when you’re dancing.
Post # 8
I say try to make 1 work – it is so pretty! I’m a Romona Keveza bride too! If there’s an issue raising your arms high enough to dance, perhaps that can be addressed in alterations.
Post # 9
@vermonster: That’s a great suggestion! Maybe I could even have the seamstress cover the elastic with some sort of embellishment for camouflage.
The responses so far are unanimously in favor of trying to make the straps work. I’m considering going for it and crossing my fingers for seamstress magic.
Post # 10
assuming you want to try on the other dress, could you call around and see if any other stores have it or could get it w/o charging you?