Post # 1
I found my dress a few weeks ago after setting out for something with straps, and then fell in love with my dress which of course is strapless!It fits pretty well already, and after a few alterations I think it will be great so I’m not worried about the dress falling down or anything being strapless, but I have a real thing about strapless dresses as I just don’t feel very comfortable in them.
So I was trying on my dress today with shoes etc, and suddenly thought ‘I could add chiffon straps to this.’ (my dress is satin & chiffon, so chiffon would match). I love this idea, but think it may be very silly really, do you reckon this would work at all?
My dress is Christina Rossi 825 but the older version so a bit less detail on the top- http://www.christinarossi.com/collectionPage8/825.html
I was thinking of adding chiffon straps a bit like spaggetti straps would go but thicker, and tapered to the shoulder. A bit like the one in the pic below.
Do you think this would work? Or am I being daft? The main reason I want to add straps is that I have a thing about my arms & shoulders being big (god knows, it’s just one of my things really!) and I want to wear my hair up. Although straps will make no difference to my arms or shoulders, I just feel more comfortable with my hair up when I’m in a dress with some form of straps.
Post # 3
if that is a chiffon bottom i think it would go perfectly well together. love the dress!
Post # 4
I think your idea will work and if done correctly, I bet people will think the straps came with the dress. Good luck!
Post # 5
I don’t think your arms and shoulders look big AT ALL. I do think that straps would be a really pretty addition to the dress–but only do it if it will make you love the dress more; there is no aesthetic reason that you NEED the straps!
Post # 6
Thank you ladies – I think I will give it a go at discussing it with the seamistress. My Mom hates the idea, but I am hoping if the seammistress can show us some ideas without doing it first, she may like some.
Post # 7
As you probably saw when dress shopping, one strap dresses are fairly common and trendy right now. My daughter did not want a strapless dress either so we are adding straps on one side. The 3 straps will space out in the back so one is straight from other side, the other ends by the corset edge, the 3rd goes clear over to other side of corset. They look really pretty and make it just that much more unique. Plus, she will feel just a little more secure and covered (even with that little). 🙂 Just have your seamstress play around a little while you have it on to find a look that you love! Best of luck!
Post # 8
I think it would work!
Our dresses are so similar, I thought it was the same dress at first:!
Post # 9
I think it looks great as-is. But, I would have a seamstress pin straps on to give you an idea of how it would look and then see what you think.
Post # 10
Would something like HapaBride’s alteration work for you (if you wanted to have even more coverage)?
http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-hate-my-arms (about 2/3 way down the page)
I think HapaBride’s dress is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen (not to mention the lady herself!) and the alteration just looked like it was meant to be part of the dress.
The seamstress should be able to model how the different types of strap would look on you… There is nothing wrong with your arms btw, but do what makes you feel comfortable!
Post # 11
I think my biggest fear with these kind of straps is that unless they’re sewn on PERFECTLY to fit your body, they WILL fall down incessantly.
You don’t really want photos of yourself with your straps falling down, or to be constantly fixing them.
Maybe consider fabric tape after you’ve added them? Just to stick them to your shoulders so they stay up 🙂
Post # 12
Thanks ladies 🙂
I hadn’t even thought of the chiffon straps not staying up, thanks for this, I need to make sure they work otherwise it will just make me more fussy about my arms anyway which is daft! I’ll look for Hapabrides alterations as well, thank you :)… off to the seammistress!
Monobride – the dresses are amazingly similar! Do you mind me asking who yours is by? I have been hunting for pics online of people wearing my dress to get ideas for hair etc but can’t find any, so it is great to see a similar dress, I love it by the way 🙂
Post # 13
Oh dear, something went wrong with my link!
Hopefully you were able to see it anyway. 🙂
Edit: It still doesn’t work! Argh!!
Post # 14
I think you look great. Your arms dont look big, and I do feel the dress looks fine as it was initially made to look. I would not alter it. Besides, if you think your arms and shoulders look big, the last thing you would want to do is bring more attention to them by adding some straps on to them. How about getting your seamstress to add those little “snaperoos” on to it so you can take them off if you change your mind?
Again, you look great. If you would have posted your photo by itself, I would have never thought to address your arms.