Long line adding extra bulk

posted 3 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
666 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My long line was a pretty thin lace with boning, so not too bulky, but it was making the dress poke out in odd places where the boning poked up or bent up.  It wasn’t doing much for me in terms of nipping and tucking (also, gave me major boob shelf causing the dress to not fit as well), so I ended up doing a regular strapless bra from Target.  I never thought it would work for me, since I’m a bigger girl (38DD), but because the dress was fairly structured, it ended up working great.

Good luck!

Post # 4
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I originally bought a long-line bra to go under my dress. It got great reviews but I’m not going to wear it because not only are the cups too close together but holy moly does it make me feel huge! The fabric is pretty thick and really all it does is add bulk; it does nothing to create a smaller waist or anything like that. I looked smaller without it as I did with it (and I was a heck of a lot more comfortable), so at my last fitting I just had the seamstress sew cups into my dress. Voila! Forget the stupid bra.

Post # 5
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@babykoala: Bear in mind that everything I am saying, I am saying as a past bridal consultant that has fitted many brides with long line bras into dresses. 

While long line bras can help to change your shape, you are still ultimately adding fabric underneath your dress especially with the cups. 

Not only that but has your dress been altered yet? This might be tough to explain, but if the dress has been altered to match your existing measurements and then you add a bra to lift and nip then your dress may not fit, like you said. Unfortunately, the bra can’t change the actual size of your body so if your dress is made to fit someone with say a 38 inch bust, but you use the bra to lift and nip, what has been lifted and nipped has to go somewhere. If it goes upward it will be adding to your bust measurement so that it is no longer at the 38 inches. It may only be 39, but now the dress doesn’t fit.

I hope this makes sense. Have you tried any kind of actual shapewear instead of a long line bra? 








Post # 6
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Could you just wear spanx and have cups added to the dress?

Post # 7
127 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@babykoala:  I tried 4 different longline bras and none of them worked. I am now doing a strapless bra and then a slip with crinoline, but the slip is made of that spandex-y material and it goes up almost to my bra (but I’m short, so that may not be how they designed it). This idea fits under the dress better than any of the longline bras. I found that the longline ones either fit my chest or my torso but not both, so this was the way to go for me!

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