Post # 1
Tried on my dress yesterday and I can fit a thumb in at the side of my strapless. It stays on fine, we had to let it out last fitting because it cut in painfully when I sat down. It doesn’t move at all, but if I did anything weird (raising up arms funny or walking with my back slumped a little) it falls down about a half inch.
is this normal? I feel like there’s a fine line between too tight and dangerously loose enough to slip down on me during the evening. If you had a strapless…. how tight was your bodice on the big day?
Post # 3
The strapless should be held up by your hips, so the tightness at the top shouldn’t be a consideration.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago
My personal measure is going to be: tight enough to feel secure, loose enough to not have that unflattering ‘chicken cutlet’ issue happening in the chest/armpit area. 🙂
Post # 5
there’s always going to be SOME movement. dresses are static, one size and shape (especially strapless ones with the boning and extra reinforcement in the bodice), and our bodies change size and shape depending our our posture. when you hold your arms up, it lengthens and slims your torso. it might FEEL like it’s coming down a bit because of that, but it shouldn’t actually drop down because it should be held up around your hips.
Post # 6
I hated that look of being overly squeezed into my dress, so I asked my seamstress specifically to make it extremely fitted at the waist and a little less so (re: no spilling out!) on top. My dress had a ton of structure and wiring, though, so that helped it stay up. She also recommended getting toupee tape from a wig store to hold it up as an extra measure of security. It felt a little loose and I was worried at first, but it held up fine!
Post # 7
Double-sided sticky tape is your friend. You can buy some great stuff at Victoria Secret. My dress is extremely fitted at the waist and loose enough at the top that when I sit, it doesn’t dig in.
Post # 8
@MM423: agreed. you are going to want that structure and wiring. the bodice should be stiff and tight like a corset. that way, the top can be loose enough and not fall down.
so I could be comfortable, I had my dress be kind of looser and only had a small amount of boning. I really regretted that and wished I had done the uncomfortable corset, or had straps instead.