(Closed) Strapless to Sweetheart question

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

My bridal gown lady is apparently a fit/fashion expert.  I will admit that although her comments about what looks good or not good on me are not always welcomed, she does make a lot of sense.  She told me that women with narrow shoulders or slopey shoulders or should NOT wear sweetheart necklines, particularly the deep sweetheart necklines, becuase it makes like they are hunched and it makes their arms look bigger.  The straight across (or modified sweetheart) neckline is more balancing.  I can’t explain it the way she did, sorry.

I’m really petite have very narrow shoulders that are kind of slopey and I can see exactly what she means. The straight across helps to balance me, the sweetheart does not do so as well and my arms do look bigger 🙁 My mom, a total non-fashionista, could see what the lady was saying too.

Too bad! I’m going to wear a sweetheart and rock it.  Not like my guests are fashion experts or anything and I know that I’m going to feel so pretty.  But since you asked, that’s what the “experts” say about sweetheart v. non sweetheart and who it looks best on.  If you are a more “normal” body type, you can totally rock the sweetheart.  I think it is just not recommended if you are tiny with narrow shoulders.

Just try the dress on in Nov and take some pics, then pin the neckline into a sweetheart and take a picture like that, and then post it on the bee! We’re always happy to give dress opinions 🙂

Post # 4
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I got this dress modified to a sweetheart. I ended up not wearing it and sold it, but the neckline modification I thought turned out fantastic.

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Post # 5
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I just checked the post where you showed your dress.  Will you have the seamstress move the flower appliques down (in a v-shape) where the sweetheart is put in, or will you just have fewer flowers at the center of the bodice?  I think the first would look nicer! 

The only sweetheart neckline changes I have seen and haven’t liked are the ones where you can see the alteration (sometimes there is a bit of rouching-type stuff going on as a result of the alteration), but that doesn’t seem to be an issue if there are appliques to cover it up!!

Post # 6
140 posts
Blushing bee

i had mine cut from a strapless to a full sweetheart and i love it!  when your dress comes in, and you take it to the seamstress, they can pin the dress for you so you get a visual on how it would look on you before you commit to the change.  don’t worry!

Post # 7
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I changed mine to a sweetheart and was so happy I did it!

Before: front then back (which I also changed)



Post # 8
1526 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

mine was sweetheart and I loved it 

Post # 9
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

noone seems to remember that sweethearts were an 80s thing! i like sweet hearts but depends on how busty you are, if you are… go strapless. sweetheart is totally in now, but i didnt go for it as was worried would be a bit dated later. 


Post # 10
294 posts
Helper bee

i modified my neckline from straight across to sweetheart and was super happy with the result.  i felt that it was more flattering to my body.

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