Post # 1
The dress selection process was not the greatest for me and the circumstances under which I selected and purchased my dress did not leave me with happy feelings. Since I purchased my dress I’ve had serious doubts and regrets – too many nights have been spent crying or tossing and turning over this silly dress.
Standing at the salon, in front of the mirror, I love the dress; however, when I look at pictures of me in the dress, I feel like I look overwhelmed by the dress in its current state. All I see is the dress – not me. Also, in my everyday life, I’m pretty plain-jane… So there is a lot going on for ‘every-day’ me.
So I met with the salon’s seamstress last night and discussed options. Here is what we came up with:
1) leave the dress as it is, its lovely and I’m just over-reacting
2) take the straps off
Now I need your help – I’m in too deep, I’m afraid that I can’t see the reality of the situation because of my ‘bad dress buying experience’ and like most, I’m my own worst critic. I need some practical and honest opinions. Oh and the pictures are only from the waist up, the bottom is a full tulle skirt.
Option 1: With Straps
Option 2: Without Straps
Post # 3
Question: Has the dress got enough boning in it for it to stay up without straps?
Also, do you have any full-length photos of you in the dress? I’d like to see them before deciding.
Post # 4
@MsNewton: You look fantastic in both pictures, but if you are feeling overwhelmed by the dress- go for the strapless option for sure!
Post # 5
First off: That dress is GORGEOUS!
Second: Make it detachable, and wear it for the ceremony/pictures and take it off for the reception!
Post # 6
What are you planning on doing with your hair, make up, veil, and jewelry? I think that will determine, for me, whether it would look better with or without. Its a gorgeous dress!
Post # 7
Can you do both? are the straps detachable? straps for ceremony and without for reception?
The dress is gorgeous, BTW.
Post # 8
Beautiful dress! I love the straps!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That is great idea! Make to make the straps detachable!
Post # 9
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keep the straps – they are beautiful and make your dress look gorgeous!!
Post # 10
Without straps looks more youthful imo, but there are alot of other factors to consider!! hair, beliefs, venue etc etc etc. the idea of making the dress dual purpose is a great idea 🙂
Post # 11
Strapless vote from me! It opens it all up and I look at your face first and then notice that your dress is beautiful. Strapless would allow you to wear a veil and jewelery without being overwhelmed by ‘stuff’. I don’t think you should have dress regret, it’s gorgeous! I’d love to see a full length picture.
Post # 12
I think most of the salon dress pics highlight the dress and not the person. its much different on the big day when you have hair, makeup and accessories.
that said, I like the dress both ways and can also imagine putting a smaller, more delicate lace strap on it if you are feeling swallowed up by those. But I also want to reiterate that was not my thought when I saw the pic. You just gotta feel great!
Post # 13
I voted with straps, but I’m a straps kind of gal. Either way, that dress looks amazing on you!
Post # 14
I personally prefer it without the straps as my eye immediately goes to your face. With the straps, I’m more drawn to look at the busy pattern instead of you. It’s a gorgeous dress either way though!
Post # 15
You’ve chosen a beautiful dress! I like it without the straps as it allows you to be the focal point.
Post # 16
That dress is beautiful, I feel like it does have a lot going on with the straps but looks absolutely gorgeous on you without the straps. I definitely vote no straps.