Post # 1
So I have bought my gown and have also bought the materials from the designers to add sleeves if I want them when the dress comes in!
This is my dress
I would love to make this gown strapless because I fiddled around when trying it on and strapless looked soooo nice! Problem is my arms. They are fat, flabby and ugly, covered in red spots on the outside (called keratosis pilaris and there’s really nothing that will cure it, but I’m trying different remedies) and finally they are covered in stretch marks on the inside (faded, yet still noticable). Needless to say I am terribly self-conscious about my arms and I am never seen in public without sleeves because of this… 🙁
I’ve lost 16kgs to date, so that’s reducing the extra jiggle I’ve got going on, but I still think they look horrible! Particularly the skin!
I can’t cure the stretch marks or spots, but do any ladies out there have a solution to disguising the stretch marks and/or keratosis pilaris so I might be able to go strapless?
I do have the plan B to have sleeves made, so that’s comforting! Any advice though would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! x
Post # 2
aussiebee87: Beautiful dress, and a great idea to get the extra material for sleeves so that you have the option. Also, congrats on the weight loss – very impressive. If you like the look of your dress strapless, I would encourage you to go for it – I bet you’d rock it.
Have you experimented with fake tan at all? There are some amazing brands (that if applied at the right time, definitely wouldn’t rub off on you dress) that can work magic on stretch marks, cellulite, and other minor imperfections. There are also great moisturisers with small amounts of shimmer in them that help reflect the light to minimise any issues.
I definitely have a bit of wibbly wobbly arm syndrome going on, and I was surprised how much of a difference doing a few wall push-ups and exercises with light weights in the few months leading up to the wedding made (I’m seriously talking a few minutes worth of exercises very infrequently due to my sporadic bursts of motivation!). It didn’t change their size much, but I felt that everything looked that bit firmer. I bet noone else noticed a difference 😉
At the end of the day though, we are our own worst critics and I bet no-one else would pay any attention to the things you’re talking about. Still, you want to look your best and feel confident on your big day, so I hope you find something that works for you 🙂
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane
I also have large upper arms that are never without sleeves, and I ended up with a strapless dress. I am doing a bridal arms workout I found on YouTube. It’s be Lauren Hefez and takes 17 minutes, 3x a week. I’m hoping this will help me get my arms down to a size I am totally comfortable with.
For the Keratosis, I have had it too since I was 5. A dermatologist prescribed a lotion called Am Lactin. It has 15% lactic acid. It has since been made over-the-counter so you should be able to find it at Target or Costco. I know Target keeps it in the pharmacy with the cold medicine. Use it twice a day. I have not had any major bumps in years but will occasionally have a few in the winter months.
Hope that helps!!!
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2015 - Drury Lane
Whoops, just noticed you aren’t in the US. If you search for Am Lactin on Amazon you will come up with several options for the Lotion. There is also a Keratosis Pilaris body scrub by KP Elements that got good reviews. I haven’t tried it but it may help.
Post # 5
I never go sleeveless because of some of the issues you mentioned. So my dress will have sleeves. Here’s a thought, get the gown strapless and the do a shrug with sleeves. The shrug can be done in tulle so you coverage, but it would be sheer.
Post # 6
I lost some weight recently and was shocked to find small stretch marks on my upper arms and neck. Didn’t expect that to happen – I was really uncomfortable, and stopped going sleeveless. My cousin handed me a jar of the Somaluxe Stretch Mark Treatment after getting tired of my complaints, and it really helps. I put it on at night after my shower, I think warm skin helps absorb better. Don’t look for immediate results, it takes 2-3 weeks before you notice a change with the Somaluxe Stretch Mark Treatment – but it does work. I feel like now people see the weight loss and not the marks on my arms and neck.
A co-worker told me that she uses this as a moisturizer, so I tried it on my face and body.