Post # 1
…And before I offend anyone with that statement, let me just say I think strapless is GORGEOUS – on women who can pull it off.
Given that I have no boobs, there’s just nothing in my anatomy that would hold up a strapless gown. I’ve never worn a strapless anything in my whole life, and I’d feel so horribly insecure if my gown was strapless I’d spend the whole wedding just pulling at it.
So, I’m going with a gown I love, but it’s a V neck so it can safely rely on other body parts to keep it from falling off.
And I’m wondering – are there other brides out there who have gowns with straps? How did you decide to bravely go where no other bride seems to be going?
Post # 3
You’re not alone! 🙂 My gown has a lace off the shoulder. I wanted to stand out a bit from all my friends gowns, which were lovely, but all strapless.
Post # 4
You are not the only one.
My gown has straps, very thin straps, but straps none the less. I knew all along that I wanted a dress with straps as I wanted a deep v-neck dress and strapless dresses don’t come that way. Plus, it didn’t feel like me to wear a strapless dress as I never wear them.
I think it is about knowing your body and knowing what looks best on you.
Post # 5
I just got so excited when I saw the title of your post! The only thing I know for certain about my dress is that it will have straps!! I have been told "oh but you can so do strapless" and I say "thank you, it’s just not for me" … and "but you have nice shoulders" "wow thanks! but i really just want to have straps" … I even had someone at the first place I tried on gowns tell me "but everyone wears strapless" as I had a beautiful gown with straps in my hands … that just made me know that the decision I made was right! I dont want to be like everyone else!! I think straps add a little something. I also am fairly bottom heavy — so I want everyone’s focus UP not down! So I’m using straps to do just that.
Phew! Sorry long post but no, you’re not alone!!
Post # 6
I so very very very wanted a vneck dress, but after searching high and low for THE dress, i could not find one that looked great on me…. I decided for a strapless maggie sottero dress, but now, I’m searching high and low for a bolero to wear to the reception.
As you can tell, I do not like strapless and do not think it is flattering on me…but the I do love the maggie sottero dress very much…just not the strapless part…hehe!
Post # 7
Nope! Mine has wide-set spaghetti straps that criss-cross in the back, and a deep-v faux wrap bodice.
Post # 8
You’re not alone! A couple of my friends and I all got engaged about the same time, and we’ve all been looking for something with straps…but it seems like 90% of the dresses in the shops are strapless — probably the reason that so many people are wearing them, not necessarily the other way around
There are some really beautiful strapless dresses out there, but I have scary images on me on the dance floor in something strapless after a glass or two of champagne. (That stuff goes straight to my head!)
Post # 9
I don’t know why you would even think that every gown is strapless! There are lots of gorgeous gowns with straps and even sleeves. I was astonished at how many halter styles there seemed to be.
My dress had a little pleated off-the-shoulder sleeve/strap – about 1.5 inches wide. I have great boobs, but I just don’t like (and have never liked) strapless styles – its sort of boring kind of neckline to me. Whereas a little off-the-shoulder number frames everything (neck, shoulders, and boobs) quite nicely.
I knew from the start what style I wanted, and there were dozens of them at my bridal salon. So if you’re having trouble finding one, you probably just need a salon with a better selection.
As far as what everybody else seems to be wearing – why would you want to look like some kind of *generic*bride* – if that’s what the strapless dress says to you? Do something that is more your own style! You’ll look great.
Post # 10
Nov. Bride — let me know if/when you find the bolero! I’m hoping to do something similar…
Post # 11
My dress has a halter neck. I too wanted something not strapless and had trouble finding it. I never thought I would pick a halter neck, none of the photos I cut out of magazines or bookmarked online were halters, but it turned out to be really flattering on me.
Post # 12
I haven’t bought my dress yet, but I am certain I want some sort of strap. Besides, if you do find a strapless dress, cap sleeves/straps, etc. can be added fairly easily. I LOVE the look of the lacy slightly off the shoulder thin sleeve. I think its sexier than the bare shoulders.
Yes everyones doing strapless, but it doesn’t mean it looks good on them. I was photographing a beautiful plus-size bride and she kept saying to me, try not to photograph my fat arms. Honey, if you aren’t comfortable it’ll definitely SHOW. She should have bought a cute little bolero to wear and she wouldn’t have been so self-conscious.
Post # 13
I had to laugh when I read this because I thought the same thing. I have been to countless weddings where the bride is wearing a strapless gown and yes, there are some beautiful choices out there but I too wanted to be different. I am wearing a 2Be Bridal silk dress with a deep v in the front and back with straps at my wedding in April and I cant wait!
Post # 14
I’ll be having straps, but for the opposite reason from thefuturemrsjay – my boobs are way too BIG for strapless! It would take a major feat of engineering to keep my girls up where they should be with a strapless dress, so I’ll be having straps!
Post # 15
hahaha! Marianneinvan – I’m in exactly the same situation. I was trying to imagine a strapless bra that fit tight enought not to have to mess with it all night and I think I wouldn’t be able to breathe. A bra with straps is the reason I won’t be strapless.
I haven’t gotten a dress yet, but for those of you looking for something with straps and affordable, check out Jasmine Bridal’s collection. They’ve got beautiful dresses with straps and sleeves.
Post # 16
My dress is v-neck with thick straps 🙂